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April 15, 2014

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Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants

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YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarding 10 grants of $1000 to libraries with innovative programming ideas for Teen Read Week 2014. Apply by June 1.

Teen Tech Week Best Buy Mini Grants Available

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Young Adult Library Services Association members can apply for 10 $1000 mini-grants for use during Teen Tech Week on March 9-15, 2014. The award is funded by Best Buy.

Howard County (MD) Libraries to Expand HiTech Initiative with $267,500 IMLS Grant

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Maryland’s Howard County Library System, 2013 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, will use the $276,500 grant it has received from the Institute of Library & Museum Services (IMLS) to expand its HiTech program. The program is a STEM education initiative for teens that provides project-based classes in such skill areas as computer programming, 3-D animation, green energy, nanotechnology, music/video production, ebooks, game app design, cybersecurity, and robotics.

YALSA’s Books for Teens Grant Winners Announced

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Teens at the Ypsilanti (MI) District Library’s Michigan Avenue Branch and the Jasper County (MO) Juvenile Detention Center will soon reap the benefits of YALSA’s Books for Teens grant awards, thanks to local dedicated young adult and teen librarians.

Dell Awards Grants Honoring Innovators in K–12 Learning

JJ Echaniz, Yale freshman and CEO of Forward Tutoring

Dell announced the winners of its Dell Education Challenge, an international competition recognizing projects that support learning issues among K-12 students.

News Bites: Freebies for Star Wars Reads Day!

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Star Wars: National Star Wars Reads Day is October 6. The event is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman. ABDO Publishing is offering a free Star Wars event guide containing teacher’s guides, promotional posters, interviews with celebrities connected to the franchise, a list of nearly 300 Star Wars universe terms, a video of the event that was held in the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, and an order form for the 68 ABDO/Spotlight Star Wars library editions.

News Bites: Celebrate Teen Read Week with an Art Contest for Teens!

Flyer for Teen Art contest

It Came from a Book!, a Teen Read Week art contest, is being launched by The Library as Incubator Project in partnership with Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, The Real Fauxtographer, and EgmontUSA. Teens are encouraged to read any book and create an original piece of art in any medium—painting, drawing, photo, sculpture, manga, etc.—inspired by the story. Then, they must take a digital photo of the artwork and submit the photo (or file if it is digital) to trwartcontest2012@gmail.com by September 30.

Baltimore Schools Receive $5 Million Library Upgrades

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Hundreds of K-8 students in Baltimore, MD, will return this fall to 12 new school libraries equipped with Nooks, computers, and even a reading spot for mom and dad, thanks to a $5 million, four-year grant from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation.

DOE Finally Opens Federal School Library Grant Application Process

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Talk about lousy timing. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) began accepting applications last week for the new Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program—at a time when most school librarians are off on their summer breaks.