April 25, 2017

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2017 Irma Simonton Black and Cook Prize Winners Announced

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Both winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

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Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

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Barbershops Give Kids Free Cuts if They Read Aloud

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From the Midwest to Texas, hair stylists are handing kids books and offering to give them haircuts free of charge…if they read aloud while getting their trims.

James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries

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In the third installment of Patterson’s School Library Campaign in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, grants of $500 will be given to 3,500 teachers.

Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio

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Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

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Two Days Left To Enter the littleBits Earth Day 2017 Competition

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Students have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 21 to post an idea for an invention to clean and/or protect planet Earth.

College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books

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The free iOS app We Read Too taps into books starring characters of color written by authors of color.

Age-Appropriate Reading? | Scales on Censorship

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Religious-themed books in school libraries; informing patrons of privacy policies.

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School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

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School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

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Junior Library Guild and 3DBear To Partner

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The Helsinki-based software company will collaborate with Junior Library Guild to bring tech to U.S. classrooms.

Lilead Fellows for 2017–2018 Announced

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The Lilead Fellows program is a long-term professional development opportunity for a select group of school district library supervisors.

Oklahoma University Library Melds Art and High Tech in a Lesson for Middle Schoolers

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Collaboration, followed by “close looking,” led to discovery—and a few career ideas—for a group of seventh and eighth graders.

Ex-Cop Tackles Literacy Decline in Appleton, WI

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A police-officer-turned-librarian uses her skills to target a community’s early-learning deficit.

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Patricia McKissack, Beloved Award-Winning Author, Passes Away

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McKissack’s impact on the realm of literature, her devotion to her husband, and her captivating laugh are remembered by those closest to her.

Autism and Families | Professional Shelf

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We’ve rounded up a host of resources for families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

School Librarian Creates “Trolls” Music Video for Sick Child

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A New York elementary school librarian, and her middle school teacher husband, spearheaded a project to brighten the life of a kindergartner with cancer.

The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade | Opinion

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When teachers and administrators prod us to address this “new and urgent” concern, let us remind them that we’ve been doing that, and so much more, all along.

Fast-Tracking a More Radical Approach to Literacies | Editorial

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How we engage in programming and teaching literacy is getting more interesting as librarians creatively tackle the massive literacy challenge, even crisis, we face.

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Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens

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From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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Here’s how a school community of 1,200 students, ranging in age from four to 18, came together to pull off an all-school read of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that will be talked about for years.