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August 29, 2014

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Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.

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The Great War: A Somber Centennial | Focus On

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This compilation of fiction and nonfiction titles presents a variety of viewpoints and an array of social, historical, political, and cultural aspects of what was described at the time as the war to end all wars.

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Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

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In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

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The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

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Librarians Have Key Roles in Blended and Online Learning

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Online teaching and learning are now critical skill sets for 21st-century information professionals, says Pivot Points columnist Mark Ray.

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How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program

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Close the achievement gap with powerful summer reading programs like these.

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Bedtime Math Battles Summer Slide in Both Math and Reading | First Steps

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Research shows math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of school success than reading or attention span. With that in mind, Bedtime Math has partnered with libraries to battle summer slide.

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Dishes to Dirt: Six School Districts Step Up on Sustainability | Editorial

The Urban School Food Alliance is bringing greener choices to our schools, starting with the replacement of foam trays used in cafeterias with an affordable, compostable alternative.

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What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit those policies.

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Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

Put the “science” back in library science and help support STEM learning

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Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

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From women’s political history to an in-depth look at John Brown’s war against slavery, the nonfiction offerings for older students reviewed in our March issue will inspire critical thinking.

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Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction

Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom (Lapham)
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A diverse offering of informational books are reviewed in our March issue, including beautiful dung beetles, fascinating fractals, and the evolution of the eye.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels

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Classic literature retold, major conflicts from the 20th century, and one very odd pizza delivery boy can all be found in our eclectic array of reviews in the March issue.

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction

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Several YA novels in our March issue capitalize on the Downton Abbey fandom, including Bethany Hagen’s postapocalyptic Landry Park, Katherine Longshore’s drama-filled Manor of Secrets, and Leila Rasheed’s lush Diamonds & Deceit.

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Book Review: Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Our March issue is chock-full of excellent middle grade offerings: Gary Blackwood’s tale of an orphan living in 1835 Philadelphia with nothing but his masterful ability to play chess; Nikki Loftin’s enchanting retelling of “The Nightingale”; and Emma Trevayne’s meticulously created steampunk world.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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Luminous and inspiring picture books abound in the March issue, including a collection of previously unpublished poems by Margaret Wise Brown, the tale of a little boy who proudly wears a tangerine dress—even in the face of cruel comments, and an oddly lovable sloth.

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EDITORS’ PICKS: New Board Book Favorites

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Baby animals, a tooting toddler, and die-cuts galore: this smattering of board books will appeal to your youngest readers.

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Multimedia Reviews | DVDs & Audio

Men at Lunch
©2013 First Run Features

Otters run wild in No Otter Zone. The Criterion Collection offers two classic comedians kids should know. Neil Gaiman reads Fortunately, the Milk, and Dreamscape Media brings back Willa Cather’s lyrical O Pioneers!

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New Book Features Unpublished Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

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From a dusty attic, unpublished work by Margaret Wise Brown, the mastermind behind Goodnight Moon, surfaces in a new book.

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