October 22, 2016

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Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.


Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.

Why toys should be in every children’s department—and how to make it happen | First Steps


Here are easy ideas for integrating the learning power of play into your public library.

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 A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need


Partnering with Sprint, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is allowing students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home to check out portable hotspots.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey Responses: Weighing Subject Matter


SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, addressing self-censorship, asked school librarians: “When making purchasing decisions, do find yourself weighing the effect of controversial subject matter more often now than you did one or two years ago?” Here’s what respondents who answered “yes” had to say.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Comments About Book Challenges


In SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, we asked school librarians to tell us about a book challenge they had personally experienced or to communicate other information about this topic.
Here’s what they said.

D.I.Y. Censorship: An Infographic


Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Comments About Age-Appropriateness


SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books survey asked school librarians how they determined if a book is age-appropriate. Here’s what they said.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Word Clouds


School librarians mentioned these terms the most in their their answers to two questions in SLJ’s 2016 survey, which explores self-censorship.

Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring


Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.

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All Schools Need Book Challenge Policies


Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, responds to SLJ‘s survey and points to resources that help librarians create policies and field challenges.

Comparing Librarians’ and Teachers’ Self-Censoring Patterns


Our survey confirms impressions the NCAC and NCTE have gained from intervening in book censorship controversies around the county.

Great Books: Mini-Makers


Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Savvy Survivor | “Queen of Katwe” Movie Review


This is a quietly triumphant adaptation of Tim Crothers’s nonfiction account of a Ugandan teenage girl from the slums who becomes an international chess champion.

Boum! | Touch and Go


SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

EBSCO and Mackin Forge New Partnership


EBSCO ebooks will now be available on the Mackin ecommerce site.

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture


On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.

Kids Can Vote for Our Next President with PebbleGo Vote!


Voting opens on October 10. The winner of PebbleGo Votes will be announced on November 9. Schools do not need to be PebbleGo subscribers to participate.

Getting to Know Yue


Children’s book illustrator Stephanie Yue sold her belongings, gave up her apartment, and hit the open road—on a scooter. Here’s her story.

Three Strategies for When the Going Gets Tough | Take the Lead


When Lilead Fellow and former district library services supervisor Leslie Yoder faced staff cuts and low morale, she kept fighting. Here’s how.

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go


A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.