July 26, 2016

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Scenes From the 2016 ALA Conference in Orlando

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Take a peek at industry glitterati, enthusiastic librarians, snazzy shoes, and more fun at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Montana School Librarians Fight to Keep Database Subscription

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A cadre of school librarians has pushed back against the cancellation of EBSCO database subscriptions that have been used statewide for more than 20 years.

Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

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Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Mackin Seals Trio of Partnerships

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New relationships with ClassLink, TenMarks, and Library Journal Mover and Shaker Shannon McClintock Miller aim to benefit librarians, teachers, and students.

Amazing Artist! Bevy of Books! Cool New Space! The ABCs of the HarperCollins Fall Preview

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The publisher turns 199 years old this year, so their fall 2016 children’s book preview was even more celebratory than usual.

Trailblazing Author Lois Duncan Dies at 82

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Lois Duncan, one of the best-loved authors of teen suspense novels, continued in her craft even after personal tragedy.

Librarians as Instructional Leaders | Take the Lead

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In this first article in our series on library leadership, Lilead Fellow Priscille Dando suggests how librarians can connect with principals on instructional challenges.

Protests Grow Against Proposed Mexican American Textbook in Texas

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The public school text “Mexican American Heritage” is being called “the epitome of revisionist history.”

“Moonbeeps” from Moonbot | Touch and Go

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Moonbot Studios latest series of apps celebrates old-fashioned play—with a digital twist, of course.

Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting

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A former First Lady’s love of books has transformed into far reaching support for our neediest students.

Old Library, New Library, New Library | Sandy Hook School

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A poem by a librarian at Sandy Hook (CT) Elementary School describes the comfort that books and the library have offered students since the mass shooting at the school in 2012.

Wisconsin School Libraries To Get $37.7 Million This Year

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The state’s Common School Fund, established in 1848, yields assets that are distributed to school libraries each year.

Learning to Like Mother Goose Scripts | First Steps

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During early learning programs with patrons who speak Russian, Turkish, and other languages at home, handouts with the words to rhymes and songs become adult learning tools.

It Starts with “Hello” | Editorial

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As the dynamic children’s room at the Bozeman Public Library in Montana proves time and again, kindness is key to good library service. Good humor and a full understanding of block play help, too.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picture of the Week: Pam Muñoz Ryan Wins Children’s History Book Prize

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Local students were part of the jury that made ‘Echo’ the winner of New-York Historical’s 2016 Children’s History Book Prize.

How Conferences Could Be Better

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Attendees describe how they’d like ALA and other big conferences to evolve—and why smaller and virtual gatherings can be fine alternatives.

Scholastic Authors Reveal What’s Coming for Fall

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Scholastic’s unique video publisher preview is full of fun and surprises, as well as plenty of collection-worthy titles for the upcoming school year.

Busy Hands, Engaged Minds, and Unfettered Imaginations: A Craft Book Round-Up

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Chock-full of hands-on activities for indoor and outdoor spaces, these splendid books encourage kids to learn new skills, be creative, and have some serious fun.

Let Book Awards Committee Members Blab | Up for Debate

Ed Spicer

I would dearly love to talk about my experiences on children’s book awards committees. Ending the confidentiality requirement would also allow members to discuss those books and illustrators who truly did fabulous work but weren’t winners or honorees.

Why You Don’t Want To Know More About the Newbery and Caldecott | Up for Debate

Dan Santat

To a writer or artist like myself, hearing about committee proceedings would only create feelings of self-doubt and raise ‘what if?’ questions. It wouldn’t make non-winners think about what they did ‘right.’ Rather, they would ask what they did ‘wrong.’