November 23, 2015

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A School-Wide Study of “Serial”


When a Massachusetts high school tapped the true-crime podcast for its summer “read,” students and teachers used writing, science, math, art, and dance to explore the case’s many questions.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Library “Avengers Day” Draws Cosplaying Superheroes of All Ages


Partnering with the Boston charity organization Boston Super Heroes, a Massachusetts librarian hosted an superhero-themed event, with Spider-Man climbing the bookshelves and Star-Lord ready for a dance-off.

Chicago Public Library Wins Founder’s Award for Stemming Summer Slide

The 2015 Founder’s Award, bestowed by the National Summer Learning Association, recognized the Chicago Public Library for its high level of collaboration and coordination with other city groups on its summer learning program.

How Do You Measure Summer Reading Participation?

How do you ask teens to keep track of their reading during your summer reading program? That is one of the ongoing questions we seem to be asking ourselves each year as we approach summer reading. My 21st teen summer reading program has just come to an end. I emptied out containers of reading slips […]

Sunday Reflections: Rethinking Summer Reading

I have been having heretical thoughts. Again. They began like this. The school kept sending notice after notice about summer camps that you could send your kid to. Science camp. Drama camp. Sports camp. And of course there is also church camp. We signed up for exactly none of them because we opted instead to […]

A Visit to Ramsey County Library’s Roseville Branch


A well-timed visit to the Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library in Minnesota coincided with the launch of the library’s summer reading program, BookaWocky. Here are some views of the scene.

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks


In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what’s sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.

SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015


Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.

What book will you take to the beach?

In my fantasy world, as I say in my introduction to the Horn Book’s annual summer reading recommendations. kids (and grownups) could read whatever they like while on their break. Wouldn’t that be GREAT? While I remember exhortations from teachers to read over the summer (not like I or probably you needed any encouragement) there were no lists […]

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Those Tired Summer Reading Lists. Here’s What to Do.


Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they’re doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

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At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking

I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do […]

We Ask SLJ Columnists & Bloggers: What Are You Reading This Summer?


SLJ asked some of its columnists and bloggers the big question: what are you reading this summer?

Scary, Creepy, and Dangerous: Novels to Read in One Gulp │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go


With a little danger, some suspense, and a dose of the supernatural, these middle grade titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have kids reading long past their curfew.

Resources for Summer Fiction Reading Lists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (or, The Pictures Question)

Is there a more wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon than with a pile of amazing books and an icy beverage? Check out the ready-to-use resources in JLG’s Booktalks to Go’s award-winning LiveBinder for incorporating these titles into lessons or booktalks.

Fizz, Boom, Read: Summer Reading Programs Blend Learning with Fun and Prizes


School’s out for summer, but the library is still open, and there are programs around the country looking to entice and educate kids—and their parents—while fostering a love of reading and preventing the summer slide.

SYNC Offers Free Audiobooks All Summer Long


June’s “Audiobook Month” is just ending, and what better way to extend it than to participate in SYNC’s free audiobook program for teens? Now in its fourth year, this program offers young adults the opportunity to download two free audiobook every week from May 15 to August 13.

Nashville Public Library Reinvents Its Summer Reading Model, Sees Early Success

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Children’s librarian Lindsey Patrick recounts how Nashville Public Library redesigned its summer reading program into a flexible model that addressed the drop in participants and transformed the usual stress of summer into an exciting challenge for patrons and staff.

Evanced Solutions Offers Free Wandoo Reader Webinar for ALA Attendees


Listen up, ALA conference attendees, register for the free “Gamify Your Summer Reading Programs: How to Increase Participation and Completion with Wandoo Reader” webinar on June 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

What’s On Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Respond


Find out what your favorite authors and illustrators are reading this summer.