December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pat Scales Special Collections Room Opens | Picture of the Week

The Pat Scales Special Collections Room opened at the Carmichael Library on the campus of Scales’s alma mater, the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL.

Too Edgy for the Kids’ Section? | Scales on Censorship

One parent doesn’t want her “gifted” child reading picture books; another wants to be notified of each book read aloud in class.

Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill Talks Tea Dragons

The creator of Princess, Princess Ever After chats about her new book.

Seventh Annual Follett Challenge Launches

Follett Corporation is offering $200,000 to schools showing innovation in how they prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.

‘Wonder’ Toolkit; Capstone Educators’ Forum; Grants | News Bites

Our news roundup includes information about Baker & Taylor summer reading grants; a teen-focused StoryCorps Thanksgiving project; and a GIF-making contest.

Teens Tackle Race and Identity, Aided by a Graphic Novel | SLJ Summit 2017

Move over, John Green. In an event featuring star authors, a group of Oregon high school students stole the show at SLJ’s 2017 Summit. Here’s video of the teen panel.

Thrifty Library Hacks

Ideas to update your library: turn tires into comfy furniture, transform a map into a green screen, and more.

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‘Wonderstruck’ at the Movies

Fans of Brian Selznick’s book will have little to complain about in this often enthralling adaptation.

Fostering Good Citizens, Online and Off

Strategies for teaching digital citizenship skills to students.

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‘Jane,’ the New Documentary on the Trailblazing Primatologist

Featuring never-before-seen footage of the early days of Jane Goodall’s landmark research and discoveries.

“Magic Tree House” Renumbering Catches Librarians Off Guard

A slight update to the phenomenally popular series presents shelving challenges.

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.