December 15, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Three Maker Apps to Spark Young Imaginations

Apps that foster creative tinkering while enabling tweens and teens to grasp a new skill, from 3-D modeling to game design.

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MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

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Family Place Libraries Recast the Librarian’s Role in Early Learning

A national network now in 29 states, Family Place Libraries, re-envisions public libraries as centers for early childhood information and positions librarians in the role of change agent.

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Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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Redefining Normal: Books About Teens with Special Needs| Focus On

A collection of young adult titles that address physical, emotional, and psychological health and disabilities.

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Wild Rabbits, Owl Power, and Humans, Too | DVD Reviews

This month features the rerelease of the 1978 animated film of Richard Adams’s novel Watership Down and an up-close examination of the owl’s superpowers. Human behavior is scrutinized, too, in the-times-they-are-a-changin’ documentary The Sixties.

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Long Ago and Far Away | Graphic Nonfiction

These titles use sequential art to transport readers to different worlds, allowing them a glimpse into the life of Harriet Tubman with Nathan Hale’s The Underground Abductor and a look at the Middle East during the 1940s and 1950s with Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi.

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Typhoid Mary, the Danish Resistance, and an Enchanting Memoir from Margarita Engle | Middle to HS Nonfiction

This month’s middle and high school nonfiction includes the true story of Typhoid Mary, insights into the story of a group of Danish teenagers who fought against the Nazis when the rest of their country gave in, and a moving memoir from Margarita Engle.

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Emus, Insects, and War Horses | Elementary Nonfiction

Animal books are always popular additions to nonfiction collections, and this month features tons of great selections, from an illustrated biography of entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre to a glimpse at everyone’s favorite flightless Australian bird—the emu—to a poignant story of a horse who took part in the first world war.

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Make It So: Building on the Impulse to Create | Editorial

The maker movement has taken our culture by storm, and libraries have been stepping up with programs large and small. While some might not view storytime craft projects—such as paper daffodils—as maker, others recognize their vital place on the creation continuum. We at SLJ see the SLJ_CV_May2015nimble response from the library world and recognize how much remains unknown or untested.

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Hands-on Projects and Titles that Celebrate Maker and Latino Cultures | Libro por libro

Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.

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How Brooklyn Special Ed Students Built a Library | The Maker Issue

Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.

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Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

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Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue

A selection of titles that support coding, robotics, tinkering, and more maker activities.

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DK Mines Existing Content for a Promising New Resource | Reference Online

Information literacy for elementary school students continues to garner more attention nationwide, and DK, best known for its informative, engaging, and visually stunning nonfiction works, has taken up the charge with its newest creation, DK Findout!

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Courtroom Dramas, Murderous Robots, and Tough Stuff | High School YA

Hard-hitting novels, such as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not and Courtney Summers’s All the Rage, will strike a chord with teens. And Mark Alpert’s The Six, about artificial intelligence trying to take over the world, will strike fear in the hearts of readers. That and much more in this month’s SLJ reviews.

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The Latest from Kindl, Picoult, and Stead | Middle School YA

From Patrice Kindl’s Regency-era romp to Rebecca Stead’s much-anticipated Goodbye Stranger and to high-octane debuts by Valynne Maetani and Kate Elliot, the following titles will delight and engage young teens looking for their next fiction fix.

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Superheroes, Royalty, and a Dystopian Adaptation | YA Graphic Novels

From Marvel kickass heroine sagas to the graphic novel adaptation of Marie Lu’s blockbuster Legend, these illustrated works will find an avid audience among young adults.

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3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

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How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

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