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September 18, 2014

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YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

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August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

Summer School for Educators; PEN Awards Shortlist; Follett’s 4,500 New EBooks | News Bites

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SLJ brings you a round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

A round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.

LOC Literacy Awards; New Follett Chairman; Harry and Hermione? | News Bites

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The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Literacy Awards. Todd Litzsinger is Follet’s new chairman of the board. Rowling casts doubt on Ron-Hermione pairing. Alexie novel challenged again. Rowell to write graphic novels.

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

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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.

Ezra Jack Keats Grants; Win a Wireless Lab; Celebrate Kindness | News Bites

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The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants. Kent State SLIS plans a course in Denmark. CDW-G, Discovery Education launch the Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network celebrates No Name-Calling Week. Grants are available for Día programs with an African American focus.

Free Mackin Ebooks; Qlovi’s Common Core Platform; E-Rate Filing Opens | News Bites

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Here are our latest briefs on a digital publishing mini-MOOC, free Mackin ebook bundles, Qlovi’s Common Core platform, an archived copyright tweetchat, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Philadelphia’s Year of the Bard, the E-Rate filing window, and the NAACP Image Awards.

PBS Digital Innovators Award; Latin@s in Kid Lit; Urban Librarians Conference | News Bites

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PBS LearningMedia launches its Digital Innovators Program. Take the Latin@s in Kid Lit challenge. The Urban Librarians Conference—April 2014—is seeking presenters. The national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs is accepting nominations for its Américas Award. The University of Wisconsin – Stout is offering two winter courses on literacy and the Common Core.

MeeGenius Reading Club; Caldecott Considerations; CA Kid Lit Fest | News Bites

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MeeGenius digital library for children launches its Reading Club. ALSC invites members to suggest titles for the 2014 Caldecott Medal. Registration is now open for the 18th annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival. ALA has extended the nomination period for its 2014 Library Instruction Round Table Awards.

ABFFE Art Auction; Survey Says Teens Love Print; Career Connect Grants | News Bites

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ABFFE’s Holiday Children’s Book Art Auction ends December 3. Young adults prefer print books to ebooks, a new survey finds. World Book Night will add three YA titles to its 2014 event. The Department of Labor will fund $100 million in grants via its new Youth Career Connect program. The New York Times has announced its list of Notable Children’s Books of 2013.

AASL Volunteers; NYPL After School; SB&F Science Book Prize | News Bites

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AASL needs volunteers for its conference next week in Hartford, Connecticut. The New York Public Library has launched new after-school programs. AAAS/Subaru have announced finalists for the SB&F Prize for children’s science books. Kid lit submissions are being accepted for the PEN Literary Awards. Through November 15, ALA seeks nominations for its cutting-edge library practices technology award.

Bullying Prevention Event; Scholastic Book Fairs App; CapOne’s Big Lit Giveaway | News Bites

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The New York Public Library is hosting a Google+ Hangout on overcoming bullying and how books can help on November 4. Scholastic has a new app to aid parents/teachers at its Book Fairs. Capital One’s Book by Book program aims to give out 50,000 titles. A 2014 Latino kid lit conference is calling for proposals. A film festival seeks submissions from Michigan teens.

NY Kid Lit Exhibit; REFORMA’s Mora Award; YALSA Top Ten | News Bites

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The Port Washington (NY) Public Library will host an exhibition of kid lit illustrators. Arizona State University wins REFORMA’s 2013 Mora Award. YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list is announced. The Gale Virtual Reference Library adds nearly 200 children’s Encyclopedia Britannica titles. Apply for a ALSC/Candlewick Press Grant. A research fellowship is available at the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; 2014 IRA Conference Program | News Bites

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The annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is accepting original works in 28 categories. Terri Soutor, former vice president at Lerner Publishing Group, a sister company to Brain Hive and a key player in the formation of the company, has been named Brain Hive’s president. Storybots founders Gregg and Evan Spiridellis launch Educade, a portal of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with learning tools. The International Reading Association has announced some of the renowned authors speaking at its 59th Annual Conference in May. Krup has announced a teacher’s lounge makeover contest.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; LOC’s Twitter Feed for Educators | News Bites

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YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation are offering two $1,000 grants for Summer Reading programs: one for employing a teen intern and another for purchasing resources. The Library of Congress has launched a new Twitter feed for K–12 educators which can be found @TeachingLC. ALSC members are encouraged to send suggestions for the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award to the committee chair, Penny Peck. Capstone Interactive ebooks are now compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

LEGO Essay Contest; Celebrate Picture Book Month | News Bites

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November is Picture Book Month. Five winners and five finalists of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards were announced September 17. Apply for the Stony Brook Southampton (NY) MFA in Children’s Literature Fellows program. Kids in grades 2–5 can enter the LEGO Essay Contest.

Poetry Writing Contest for Kids; Eric Carle’s ‘Friends’ Exhibit | News Bites

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Publisher Kane Miller is cosponsoring a nonfiction writing contest for budding poets. Educators can enter the “Pin It to Win It” MathMovesU sweepstakes via Pinterest. From September 17, 2013 through March 24, 2014, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is featuring the artwork from Carle’s new picture book, Friends. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards.

Manzano Wins Americas Award; Celebrate International Dot Day | News Bites

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Sesame Street’s “Maria,” Sonia Manzano, received top honors in the 2013 Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for her The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Celebrate International Dot Day with its creator, author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, on September 15.

Playaway Bookpack Program Launches; Educator Workshop at Serious Play Conference | News Bites

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Findaway World launches the Playaway Bookpack program, which features preloaded audiobooks and their print versions. There are currently more than 200 titles available for preschool through young adult readers. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Book Foundation’s Up All Night online exhibit showcases National Book Award Winners and Finalists in Young People’s Literature. Educators interested in integrating educational games into the K-12 curriculum are invited to attend a one-day workshop on August 19 during the Serious Play Conference.

Agatha Awards Announced; ABDO Revamps ‘Star Trek’, ‘Jurassic Park’ Library Editions | News Bites

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Penny Warner’s The Code Busters 2: The Haunted Lighthouse won the 2012 Agatha Award. Capstone is adding 60 more Presidential titles to the K–3 PebbleGo Biographies module in August 2013. ABDO’s will publish library editions of IDW’s “Jurassic Park” and “Star Trek” graphic novels this fall.