March 30, 2015

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Findaway World’s Bookopotamus; Smithsonian Conference; Kohl’s Scholarship | News Bites


Findaway World launches audiobook trivia app. Library of Congress offers primary source programs. Smithsonian’s diplomacy conference includes digital badge. Mackin initiative aids library fundraising. San Jose State examines the immigrant experience. Kohl’s offers scholarships to student volunteers. Technology and kids conference to be held in Massachusetts.

Mackin, Random House Partner on Ebooks for School Libraries


Mackin Educational Resources has partnered with Random House to offer new, bestselling ebook titles to school libraries across the country. The agreement gives librarians and media specialists the opportunity to grow their school’s collections with such sought-after titles as Christopher Paul Curtis’s The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963, the companies announced.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Site Launches with 500+ Ebooks


The School Library System of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP) has announced the launch this week of “Here Be Fiction,” a site devoted to the discovery of fiction ebooks available with school library friendly licensing terms, with over 500 ebooks from 17 participating publishers.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Launches: New site features ebook fiction available to schools on library-friendly terms

‘Here Be Fiction’ Launches: New site features ebook fiction available to schools on library-friendly terms

Discovery of ebooks in K-12, particularly worthwhile fiction, has been tough going. A new site, Here Be Fiction, will attempt to remedy that, enabling users to identify quality ebooks accessible to schools on library-friendly licensing terms. Featuring ebook previews and reviews, will enable librarians and others to discover fiction from a wide variety of publishers made available for both individual and multi-user access.

Pictures of the Week: David LaRochelle’s ‘It’s a Tiger!’ Nominated for Minnesota Youth Reading Award

Minnesota Author David LaRochelle was the featured guest at the Star of the North Picture Book Award reception held April 17 at Mackin Educational Resources in Burnsville. Here he signs his nominated book, It’s a Tiger! Credit: Katherine Warde.

Minnesota author David LaRochelle signs copies of his It’s a Tiger! which has been nominated for the first-ever Star of the North Picture Book Award.

Lambda Book Awards, Audie Award Finalists Announced | News Bites


Finalists for the Lamda Book Awards and Audie Awards were announced; Illustrators and Authors honored with Ezra Jack Keats Awards; March is Music in Schools Month, and other news tidbits for librarians.