August 23, 2017

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In Charlottesville, a Back-to-School Like No Other

Virginia school librarians prepare for school to open 11 days after the deadly clash between white supremacist groups and counterprotestors.

After Trump Adviser’s Comments, Publisher Rushes Statue of Liberty Book

Chronicle Books will publish Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris in September.

With Smart Toys, Kids’ Privacy Is at Play

A recent FBI public service announcement warned that common features such as microphones and cameras “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk.”

Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers tips and tools for keeping up-to-date on the resources needed to teach students about Internet safety and digital citizenship.

Top Tool Takeaway: Summer Edition

Offerings include 16 ways to “Be Internet Awesome,” maker space tips for an “evil genius,” and more.

Treasures from Four Historic Kid Lit Collections

Curators shared the history and scope of their children’s literature collections at a recent New York City event.

Coding Made Inventive: LittleBits’ Code Kit | SLJ Review

SLJ reviews the littleBits Code Kit, a suite of hardware, software, and resources that enable kids to apply computer code to their inventions.

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Free School Supplies; Mentoring Opportunity; Grant Applications | News Bites

The South Asia Book Awards, Teen Read Week prep, America’s 100 favorite books, and more.

33 Winning Back-to-School Ideas

From VR and mystery parties to STEAM projects and life-skills programs, these initiatives ignite curiosity.

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As Employers Turn to Evidence-Based Hiring, How Can Libraries Prepare Job Seekers? | Higher Ground

Evidence-based hiring is disrupting the way we train, seek, and hire people to do work. Higher Ground columnist Susanna Williams thinks libraries can play a role.

School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile Rolls Across Georgia

Over the summer, the polka-dot bus visited areas without easy access to a public library.

Show Me a Sign, Baby! Preverbal Kids and Sign Language

Baby sign language improves preverbal communication—and it’s a fun way to bond with children.

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Fun First: Make Learning Better with Play | Editorial

While it’s not a new idea that kids learn as they play, adults can take a page from their example: play more as we learn—and play in order to learn.

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The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format To Teach About Current Events

Graphic creators’ take on politics, from immigration to women’s rights.

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Beyond Bilingual: Making Storytime Inviting to All English Language Learners

Here’s how two Brooklyn librarians are making storytime more inclusive.

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Kid Magnets: Little Ones Love AWE and Hatch Early Learning Programs

These literacy-themed computer terminals feature digital games, storytelling programs, and more.

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Parsing the New ALA School Librarian Competencies Framework

An ALA committee has designed a set of professional competencies that emphasizes leadership and growth.

These Teens Started a Sign Language Storytime and YouTube Channel

Members of the ASL Club at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL, lead storytimes for local preschoolers and others via YouTube.

13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy

Experts share their most successful teaching methods for elementary and middle schoolers.

Neal Porter Joins Holiday House

Porter will be Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books, bringing his imprint from Macmillan Children’s Book Group to Holiday House,