November 30, 2016

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Rebuilding Libraries at DC Public Schools| Take the Lead


Jennifer Boudrye, director of libraries at DC Public Schools, led the push to fill 100 percent of LMS positions in the system.

Teaching Information Literacy Now


Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries | Editorial


Four influential superintendents see libraries as catalysts for school success—and librarians as change agents in a disrupted learning landscape.

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Penguin and First Book Team Up in Red Mitten Campaign


‘A Poem for Peter,’ along with a pair of mittens, will be donated to a child in need for every copy of the book sold between now and December 31.

“Pop Literacy”| SLJ ISTE Webcast Series


This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, will wrap up on December 6 with practical takeaways on pop culture literacy.

A Homecoming and a Rallying Cry for NYC School Librarians


A driving rain couldn’t keep librarians from Citi Field for the New York City School Library System 27th Annual Fall Conference.

The Brown Bookshelf’s Open Declaration Garners 691 Signatures


The declaration expresses commitment to standing with and for children “in the face of attempts to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and to dismiss violence against marginalized people.”

Princeton Librarian Still Inspired by Ms. Favero| My Library Story


SLJ’s Leadership Summit got this adult services librarian thinking about her elementary school librarian.

Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note


We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

“March: Book Three” Takes 2016 National Book Award


“This is unreal!” shouted Congressman John Lewis, accepting the award for his graphic memoir of the civil rights movement.

A Grateful Teacher Remembers Mr. Reimann| My Library Story


Check out the sweet, relatable first installment in our new series, “My Library Story.”

Scholastic’s New Study Looks at Equity in Education


The report looks at barriers to equity in education, educators’ funding priorities, the role of families and communities, and the needs for learning supports and professional development.

Freeze! Library Mannequin Challenges | Videos of the Week


Students and librarians embrace the #mannequinchallenge.

Kid Sleuths Roam the Halls of New York Public Library


A scavenger hunt celebrated the launch of a new kids’ mystery series by Linda Fairstein, the real-life inspiration for “Law and Order SVU.”

FTC Complaint Takes Aim at YouTube

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Groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, want online ads that target kids curtailed.

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers


A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

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After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children


Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.

Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker


How can kids deconstruct Super Bowl ads? Or distinguish authentic news items online from manufactured content? Insight on this and more from Media Literacy Clearinghouse founder Frank W. Baker.

NetGalley Kid Reviewers Reignite Languishing Book Club


Making kids publishing industry insiders gave this middle-school public library club in California a 25-kid waiting list.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf


Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.