January 16, 2017

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Librarians, What Are Your Plans for 2017?


Take this quick survey and let us know about your programming ideas for the new year.

New York City’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program a Growing Success


The groundbreaking initiative is bringing authors into schools to talk openly with students about their work.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students


Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

The Follett–BiblioNasium Partnership at Work


Here are what the day-to-day advantages of the June, 2016 move are turning out to be.

Library-Based Making in Underserved Areas


Sylvia Aguiñaga and Kristin Fontichiaro, among the leaders of our upcoming Maker Workshop online course, share their hard-won wisdom on maker program success.

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf


A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.

Mackin Launches Maker Division


The MackinMaker site is a resource for an array of maker tools, from complete kits for newbies to sophisticated supplies for maker gurus.

A New Library Card for Rep. John Lewis | Picture of the Week


Staff at the Fairfax County (VA) Library sent a new library card to “March” trilogy author John Lewis, who was denied one in 1956 because of his race.

Four Youth Librarians Among 2016 “I Love My Librarian” Winners


Among the 10 winners from around the country, each of whom were awarded $5,000, were three school librarians and a youth services librarian, all with inspiring accomplishments.

Parent Objects to Depiction of Islam in Textbook


A middle school parent in Tennessee has asked that ‘My World History’ be removed from the seventh grade curriculum.

Categories Blur as Teen Lit Comes of Age


A look at the elastic borders of YA, New Adult, and adult publishing.

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Books as Allies: SLJ’s Best Books Help Kids Find Their Way | Editorial


SLJ’s 2016 Best Books list celebrates 50 years of acknowledging top titles—and the power of books to transport readers and change lives.

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

Rebuilding Libraries at DC Public Schools| Take the Lead


Jennifer Boudrye, director of libraries at DC Public Schools, led the push to fill 100 percent of LMS positions in the system.

Teaching Information Literacy Now


Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

These Superintendents Are Sold on Libraries | Editorial


Four influential superintendents see libraries as catalysts for school success—and librarians as change agents in a disrupted learning landscape.

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

Penguin and First Book Team Up in Red Mitten Campaign


‘A Poem for Peter,’ along with a pair of mittens, will be donated to a child in need for every copy of the book sold between now and December 31.

“Pop Literacy”| SLJ ISTE Webcast Series


This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, will wrap up on December 6 with practical takeaways on pop culture literacy.

A Homecoming and a Rallying Cry for NYC School Librarians


A driving rain couldn’t keep librarians from Citi Field for the New York City School Library System 27th Annual Fall Conference.

The Brown Bookshelf’s Open Declaration Garners 691 Signatures


The declaration expresses commitment to standing with and for children “in the face of attempts to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and to dismiss violence against marginalized people.”

Princeton Librarian Still Inspired by Ms. Favero| My Library Story


SLJ’s Leadership Summit got this adult services librarian thinking about her elementary school librarian.