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December 19, 2014

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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.

Summer Badges and More from the Smithsonian

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian

Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer? The Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program can motivate kids to explore and learn wherever they are this summer, while earning recognition for their achievements.

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.

Smithsonian Libraries Launches Three Courses on iTunes, More Courses Coming Soon

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The Smithsonian Libraries has launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U about early aviation and space history. More courses will be rolled out during the first half of 2014, including one on “Women in Aviation.”

SCBWI Announces Golden Kite Awards | News Bites

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Be sure to check out a video challenge for middle and high school students, a chance for educators to win a document camera, children’s and YA book awards, and more.

Scholastic Plans ‘39 Clues’ Baldacci Webcast at Smithsonian American History Museum

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Scholastic will offer a free, behind-the-scenes video tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with author David Baldacci as a guide. The “Decoding History” virtual field trip coincides with the release of Baldacci’s new book, “The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers: Day of Doom,” the latest in the bestselling series.

News Bites: Resources for Teaching About the Presidential Inauguration

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For educators looking to make the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration accessible to students, an online conference series launched by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers the perfect solution.

News Bites: Five Children’s Music Albums Are Nominated for a Grammy

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This week’s round up of news bites includes five children’s music albums being nominated for a Grammy Award and libraries and museums coming together to support early learning efforts.

Pick of the Day: Titanic’s Final Mystery (DVD)

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Titanic’s Final Mystery. DVD. 92 min. Prod. by Bedlam Prods. and Airborne TV & Film. Dist. by Inception Media Group. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98; Blue-ray: $19.98.
Gr 9 Up–It’s been over a century and people are still talking about the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Through the years, legend has overtaken fact when it comes to what really happened that fateful night. Tim Maltin, a “Titanic Detective,” leads viewers across the globe as he pieces together a new theory on why the ship […]