Since the revelation that water in Flint, MI, is contaminated with toxic levels of lead, public and private institutions, individuals, and civic organizations have been stepping up to help across the country. In addition to the infrastructure changes that now need to be made to the city’s water system, much of the immediate relief effort centers around information: on health hazards, residents’ legal rights, and what the city needs to do going forward. The Flint Public Library (FPL) has positioned itself as a source of reliable information, and the remaining libraries in Flint’s public high schools have been instrumental in helping local teenagers better understand what their city is going through.
At a visit to Washington, DC’s Anacostia Neighborhood Library April 30, President Barack Obama announced two new initiatives that promise to rally America’s libraries, publishers, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen learning opportunities for all children, particularly in low-income communities. The plan, dubbed the ConnectED Library Challenge, will engage civic leaders, libraries, and schools to work together to ensure that all school students receive public library cards. Commitments from 30 library systems are already in place.
Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson (MO) Municipal Public Library, has been awarded ALA’s second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler and Jacqueline Woodson will co-present Bonner with the prize in June during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco.
To kick off Read to Me, a new national literacy initiative, WPIX weatherman Mr. G and other members of the Screen Actors Guild read to children on World Read Aloud Day.
Due to the partnership between Thomas Middle School in Arlington, IL, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a group of 29 eighth graders participated in a maker class creating everyday objects, including jewelry and take-apart scissors.
At ALA Midwinter, Massachusetts librarian Ashley Waring held court at the Networking Uncommons to discuss special needs and inclusive services—from what to offer outside of sensory storytime to how to measure your program’s success.
The mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, shares his city’s successful—and replicable—collections and renovations partnership with Nashville Public Library’s Limitless Libraries and Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition, food sourcing, and gardening into curriculum and literature.
School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.
Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.
The collaboration between We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal will involve a variety of initiatives concerning diversity in children’s literature, including an event during the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
In this 50th anniversary year of Freedom Summer, a look back at SLJ’s 1965 coverage of efforts to provide library services for black children in one of the most segregationist states in the South.
When superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, the Queens Library (QL) in New York was among many northeastern library systems affected. QL persevered, continuing to offer crucial services in storm-ravaged communities while rebuilding damaged branches. The system also managed to turn a generous corporate donation into an innovative new platform for tablet computers, enabling a tech lending program that has since continued to grow.
The Manhattan hospital’s far-reaching implementation of this early literacy initiative, in which pediatricians hand out books to babies and young children during checkups, is changing lives.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
REFORMA’s Children in Crisis project distributes Spanish-language books to unaccompanied immigrant children from Latin America, many in detention centers, while spreading the word about library services.
Jails, detention centers, and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address young people’s literacy gaps, says one school librarian. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens creates, supports, and develops library services in NYC’s juvenile detention centers.
YA authors are tackling “the s-word” head-on. As professionals serving young people, librarians can talk to teens about why slut-shaming can’t be tolerated—and provide supportive programming.
One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. SLJ explores the different accommodations and programs within the library world that encompass the wide range on the autism spectrum—depending on severity of the condition to the age of the youth with autism.
This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.