April 30, 2017

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School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

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Six YA Titles That Epitomize #OwnVoices

Blogger and librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez breaks down the real meaning of #ownvoices, and presents new YA titles about marginalized cultures by authors from the same groups.

2017 Irma Simonton Black and Cook Prize Winners Announced

Both winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts

Dynamic K–12 programs created by university researchers and engineers.

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Barbershops Give Kids Free Cuts if They Read Aloud

From the Midwest to Texas, hair stylists are handing kids books and offering to give them haircuts free of charge…if they read aloud while getting their trims.

Happy Together: Looking and Listening | Listen In

Paired reading should be considered a beneficial component of a child’s literary experience.

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Age-Appropriate Reading? | Scales on Censorship

Religious-themed books in school libraries; informing patrons of privacy policies.

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Oklahoma University Library Melds Art and High Tech in a Lesson for Middle Schoolers

Collaboration, followed by “close looking,” led to discovery—and a few career ideas—for a group of seventh and eighth graders.

Celebrate Poetry Month with NCTE’s 2017 Notable Poetry List

The annual list of the best poetry books and verse novels for children and teens, selected by NCTE’s poetry committee.

The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade | Opinion

When teachers and administrators prod us to address this “new and urgent” concern, let us remind them that we’ve been doing that, and so much more, all along.

Bookmobiles and Beyond: new library services on wheels serve newborns through teens

From TechMobiles to early learning hubs, mobile library outreach is on the rise.

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Reading (and Engineering with) “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

Here’s how a school community of 1,200 students, ranging in age from four to 18, came together to pull off an all-school read of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that will be talked about for years.

What the Trump Budget Means for School Libraries

In addition to Education Department cuts, the budget proposes the wholesale elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Here’s what you can do.

“March” Madness: Congressman Lewis’s Graphic Novel Wins SLJ’s Battle of the Books

The Closer, Kwame Alexander, picked the ultimate winner: the much-lauded final volume in the “March” graphic nonfiction series by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys

Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.

Outlandish: Braving new perspectives through books in translation

A look at the global landscape of books published for young people and why it is important to share them with readers in the United States.

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Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

What better way to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month than to incorporate these wonderful tech tools at teens’ disposal?

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

Wearable Tech May Build Babies’ Budding Vocabularies | First Steps

A surprise discovery of a “word pedometer” at ALA Midwinter inspires an early literacy experiment.

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