December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

I’ve Got Cardboard and a Sphero. Now What?

Bowling, Skee-Ball, ramp parks, and more, Alisha Wilson, SLJ‘s 2017 Maker Hero, provides activity suggestions for Sphero and Ollie in the library.

School, Teen Librarians Recognized at 2017 I Love My Librarian Awards

Five librarians—three who work in schools and two who provide services to teens in public libraries—were among those honored last month.

Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

Four tech experts recommend a selection of websites and applications.

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10 Crafty and Bookish Holiday Displays

Get out the scissors and tape! Time for some seasonal fun.

Top 10 Audiobooks 2017

These 10 titles represent the best of October 2016 to October 2017 audiobook releases, with selections for all age groups and interests. They tell fascinating stories—both fiction and nonfiction—that are enhanced by exceptional narration.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. HarperAudio. Gr 9 Up. Read by Bahni Turpin.

When Starr witnesses her friend’s death by a white officer, she must deal with the reactions of her family, her inner-city neighbors, and her upscale private school friends—not to mention […]

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For Budding Coders, the Micro:bit Promises to Grow with a Learner’s Skill Level | Tech Review

SLJ reviews the micro:bit, a codable computer you can put in your pocket.

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5 Highly Anticipated Titles from YA Authors | SLJ Spotlight

They’re finally here! Five new titles that teens have been waiting for.

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Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

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Robin Benway Wins 2017 National Book Award

Benway took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her YA novel “Far From the Tree.”

Chalkboard Controversy: Naughty Graffiti and Social Media Safety in a Middle School Library Space

A chalkboard wall in a newly designed public library space for middle schoolers brought fun opportunities—and some unexpected challenges.

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’

While fans of Wonder await the feature film, critics claim that central character Auggie’s cranial facial deformity has been “softened” in the movie version the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio.

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Latest Win Is for Teens

The living legend pens a contemplative look at basketball, family, and systemic racism.

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Brooklyn Public Library Offers Online PD Course on Information Literacy

Through the free Teacher Lab program, K–12 teachers and librarians get up to date on research skills—and earn professional credit.

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.

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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Just In Time for Día de los Muertos: The “Little Skeletons” | Touch and Go

Delightful animations and lively music will make this holiday and concept app a favorite all year round.

“American Born Chinese” Opens Windows and Shines Mirrors | SLJ Summit 2017

At the SLJ Leadership Summit, Gene Luen Yang and students and educators at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, discussed how Yang’s American Born Chinese helped develop their racial literacy.

Fostering Good Citizens, Online and Off

Strategies for teaching digital citizenship skills to students.

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Putting “Wunder” into the Ordinary: An Interview with Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend’s debut fantasy is as delightful and optimistic as the author herself.