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July 5, 2015

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Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB Award; “Selma for Students” | News Bites

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Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB’s Publisher of the Year Award; Paramount will give a “Selma” DVD to all U.S. high schools; ParentSquare CEO receives Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award; and more industry news.

What Professional Lobbying Looks Like

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Librarians armed with stats and professionalism urged lawmakers to raise public library funding and support for school librarians on the New York Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day.

State Orders New York City to Comply with Mandate for Secondary School Librarians

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A ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King in response to an appeal filed by the United Federation of Teachers means the NYC DOE has to address the staffing gap in the 2014−2015 school year—and in the best case scenario—could result in hundreds of new positions.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

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New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

Humorist Bruce Coville Wins Empire State Award, Emphasizes the “Ripple Effect” of Reading

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Bruce Coville recently became the twenty-third recipient of the Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People. The author of many humorous middle-grade novels, Coville was celebrated at the New York Library Association annual conference earlier this month.

Become an E-Activist Now!

What?!?! President Obama’s budget threw the Improving Literacy through School Libraries funds into one big literacy pot? It was JUST funded by Congress after two years of zero funding and now our chances of competing with the five other literacy programs get lower and lower. There is so much to be done! Time to throw […]