April 23, 2017

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News Bites: Apply for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Grants


This week’s round up of news bites includes recovery grants for libraries in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, information on free audiobooks for schools, and more.

News Bites: “YA for NJ” Auction for Sandy Relief


Check out News Bites for the latest information on what authors are doing to help out victims of Hurricane Sandy, the latest changes at Random House, a literacy campaign for kids in need, and more.

Consider the Source: The Mandate

Downed tree on the way to New Canaan Library, CT.

In the wake of the destruction wrought by Sandy, Marc Aronson emphasizes the importance of the Common Core standards as students and teachers discuss the link between the recent hurricane and climate change.

Disaster Relief Programs and Publishers Offer Many Ways to Help Schools and Libraries Afflicted by Sandy

First Book staff and volunteers unload boxes of new books at a warehouse in lower Manhattan. Photo by First Book

Those wishing to help school libraries and children’s collections that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy now have an array of giving options, thanks to several disaster relief programs, children’s book publishers, and charities.

At School Library Conference, an Effort to Counter Sandy’s Damage

The Chatham Public Library in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Both school and public libraries are mobilizing to meet patron needs in the hurricane's aftermath.

While many New York City school libraries still remain unable to provide essential student services, librarians at the New York City School Library System’s Annual Library Fall Conference have come up with meaningful ways to give these libraries the help they need.

Pictures of the Week: After Sandy, Queens Library Takes in a Raccoon, Provides Supplies to Residents

Rocky the Raccoon takes shelter at the Queens Library at Baisley Park after Hurricane Sandy. Children who visit the library named him, made him a home, and read to him through the window glass of the library's atrium.

After Hurricane Sandy, Queens Library provided some much needed services for residents, from taking in a raccoon who found his way to the branch at Baisley Park, to providing supplies at Far Rockaway.

News Bites: Help Hurricane Sandy’s Victims


You can help provide books to schools and libraries devastated by Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to the organization First Book.

Many Return to School in a Landscape Altered by Hurricane Sandy

Messages requesting donations posted on the doors of John Jay High School in Brooklyn, currently an evacuation shelter for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Though schools in New York and New Jersey have re-opened this week, many buildings are too damaged to receive students. Lack of power, heat, flooding are all issues that schools are facing.

In Sandy’s Aftermath, School Librarians Support Patrons, Communities, and One Another

Librarian Allie Bruce reads Where the Wild Things Are to children at the Bank Street School for Children

Despite the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, librarians are doing all that they can to serve their communities, from reaching out to offer donations to those affected by the crisis, to librarians compiling resources to give emotional support to their students.

Author Kate Messner Launches All-Star “Kid Lit” Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort


Stepping up quickly to serve victims of Hurricane Sandy, award-winning children’s author Kate Messner has launched KitLit Cares: Superstorm Sandy Relief Effort, an online auction featuring donations from the children’s literature community to benefit the Red Cross.

Pictures of the Week: Teens at Princeton Public Library in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

Teenagers take shelter at Princeton Public Library in New Jersey on October 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Teenagers take shelter at Princeton Public Library in New Jersey on October 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

A Note from LJ/SLJ to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy


A message from the entire team at Library Journal and School Library Journal and an update on our situation in New York City.