October 15, 2017

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On Boys and Guns | Readers Respond

With the state of gun violence, we adults are freaked out, as we should be. But for children, the fantasy of having a gun is the fantasy of having power, observes a reader, who comments on a recent post by Betsy Bird.

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Authors “Heartened” by Seuss Museum’s Removal of Mural

A mural at the new Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, prompted three authors to pull out of an event there. The museum may now use the art as a “teachable moment.”

Increase Family Engagement Now | First Steps

The “five R’s of family engagement” include reaching out, raising up, reinforcement, relating to others, and reimagining services.

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Standing Up to Islamophobia

Libraries address Islamophobia in a time of bans, raids, and walls.

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Oakland Public Library Takes Action Against Islamophobia

Following a harassment incident, the Oakland (CA) Public Library broadcast a message of inclusion and took significant steps to build community.

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Expert Advocacy Saves WA School Librarian Certification Requirement

The Washington State Professional Educators Standards Board voted to reinstate the Pathway 3 standards for teacher librarians, which require completion of a full certification program from an accredited, state-approved institution.

A Newly Minted School Librarian Starts Her Career—in Nigeria

Kate Davis received her MLS in March and has started her first experience as a librarian at the American International School of Abuja in Nigeria.

‘The Big Bad Fox’ and ‘The Breadwinner’ Movies Premiere

Two book-to-screen adaptations recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Follett Launches Book Fairs

The educational publisher is entering the book fair market with titles for early education, elementary, and middle school students.

Riders’ Advisory: Bike-related programs expand in libraries

Library bike programs can be as simple as storing a tire pump on-site and loaning bicycle locks—or as complex as loaning out bikes.

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Time Is Ticking: Susie Jaramillo on the Day of the Dead

The author/illustrator/publisher Susie Jaramillo and creator of the acclaimed “Canticos” books talks about what inspired her latest bilingual, foldout, lift-the-flap board book, Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos.

Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

Virtually There: Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

These educators are embracing virtual reality as a new tool for student engagement, collaboration, and content creation.

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Students Create VR Field Trips in Charlottesville, VA

Middle schoolers turned their lens on the Jefferson School in Keswick, VA—one of two segregated one-room schoolhouses built in the 1920s.

How To Plan a Cosplay Workshop for Teens

Strategies for planning an event, recruiting experts, and teaching crafting and make-up skills.

Are Ebooks Better for Babies?

A new study suggesting that toddlers may learn more literacy skills from ebooks answers—and raises—questions.

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Melissa Jacobs Takes Top Library Position at NYC Department of Education

As the new director of library services for New York schools, Melissa Jacobs plans to attract more educators to the library profession, expand maker spaces, and create more opportunities for librarians in public and nonpublic schools to learn from one another.

Falling for Fall: Great Books To Celebrate the Season

These fun-to-share picture books with exuberant artwork accentuate the sense of wonder inherent in nature’s transformations.

Hurricane Relief for Libraries; Be a Rebel and Tweet; Grants for Autism Inclusion | News Bites

Ways to help hard-hit libraries recover after Hurricane Harvey and to win literary swag and stand up for reading—and more.

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