March 23, 2017

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SLJ’s Average Book Prices for 2017

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The numbers you put to work every year are here—the list of average book prices for 2016 and 2017 to date.

Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support | Opinion

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Libraries are for learning—no matter where you come from, insists a librarian at an alternative high school in Virginia.

A Peek Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture | Touch and Go

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If distance or lack of ticket availability has kept you from visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum’s free app allows a look inside.

The Best in Making and Tech at Toy Fair 2017

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Our fearless reviewer—who just happens to be SLJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year and a maker queen—canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.

Mem Fox Interrogated by U.S. Border Police, Later Gets Apology

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The famed Australian children’s author was detained by U.S. border police in Los Angeles as she made her way to Milwaukee for the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention.

Teaching News Literacy? Check Your Own Bias, Says Librarian

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To stay at the top of your game, keep practicing, stay skeptical, and take a hard look in the mirror, experts advise.

Advocating for the Worth of Librarians Pays Off in CA | Take the Lead

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A district coordinator’s dream of hiring credentialed librarians finally came true. Here’s how she did it.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

What Today’s Teens Have To Say About George Orwell’s ‘1984’

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With “alternative facts” in the headlines, high schoolers connect with George Orwell’s classic novel and protagonist Winston Smith’s world of “Newspeak” and “doublethink.”

Kid Lit World Mourns Three Stars

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Over the course of nine days, we’ve had to say goodbye to Dahlov Ipcar, Dick Bruna, and Nancy Willard.

Mandela Bracelets Create School Libraries and Jobs in South Africa

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In South Africa, 90 percent of schools don’t have a library. The CEO of Mandela Bangle, Nelson Mandela’s project, is setting out to change that, one bracelet (and shipping container) at a time.

Get $500 to Spend at the Scholastic Book Store. Here’s how.

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Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, is giving away his prize money in a raffle. But be quick: you have only five days to enter.

“Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” Kicks off SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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A new season of the SLJ ISTE webcast series launches with “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” on March 16.

Science Award Opportunity; #BlackSTEMLikeMe | News Bites

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Our round-up of news briefs includes award-worthy librarians, a teen who made the most of her love of books, and new opportunities for STEM exploration.

School Library Journal’s Black History Month Pinterest Board

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A wide-ranging selection of Black History Month teaching resources, curated by high school librarian and Library Journal Mover & Shaker K.C. Boyd.

A Call to Action in Canada | Picture of the Week

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A children’s librarian in Ontario used the poster by artist Calef Brown, included in the February issue of SLJ, as the centerpiece of a book display.

An Inside Look at Librarians, Schools, and the Political Climate

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Librarians around the country share how their workday has changed post-election.

Getting Book Rich | Editorial

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The national Book-Rich Environment Initiative promises to be a critical step in addressing print scarcity for low-income kids. Libraries will be key partners.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ric Hasenyager Departs NYC School Libraries for Rosen Publishing

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The head of library services at the New York City Department of Education will become associate director of curriculum solutions at Rosen Publishing.

Goal: Bury the White House in Books

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Responding to President Trump’s statement that he does not read books, a grassroots group is encouraging people to send ones to the White House for Valentine’s Day.

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

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Gaining STEM skills is as important for young children as learning to read, asserts a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and supported by the National Science Foundation. Libraries could play a critical role in this call for more preschool STEM learning opportunities.