May 25, 2016

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The Latest and Greatest (Free!) Summer Learning Resources

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Take a look at these program ideas, resources, and recommended reading—and add your own.

Shadow Magic | 30-Second Booktalk

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Giant bats, dark magic, necromancy, and non-stop action fill Joshua Khan’s debut middle grade fantasy, as explained in a super short booktalk.

Integrating Nonfiction into Your Summer Booktalking | Nonfiction Notions

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Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton recommends several recent nonfiction titles and offers simple ways to include them in summer reading booktalking.

12 Tween Titles to Add to Your Summer Reading Lists

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Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann recommends a dozen titles sure to round out any summer reading list. Add your own recommendations in the comments!

Partnerships Promote Culture of Reading in Texas

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From Pizza Hut to a local supermarket to a famous ball player, a library-advocacy team in Houston found the perfect partners to create change for students.

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

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Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits

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Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens

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Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.

Summer Reading Ramped Up with Scratch-off Contests, a 24-hour Readathon

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Here are smart ideas for starting your summer reading program off with a bang—and keeping interest strong.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Take 5: Ways to combat summer fatigue

My summer newsletter items are due in a matter of days, and I’m already exhausted. Anyone else? This year should be easier for me. We finally have a part time position tasked with serving tweens, so the pressure to plan for grades 5-12 all together has been lifted and I can just focus on teenaged teens… […]

The Evolution of Summer Reading | Editorial

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Where summer reading works well, it places the library in a student’s learning life during vacation. Combine its goals with hands-on STEM-based programming, and you’ve met summer learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Get Ready for Endless Summer Learning

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A focus on learning—encompassing reading—reflects an evolving mind-set for librarians who run summer programs for kids and teens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bright Ideas Abound at YALSA’s Summer Learning Workshop

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The secrets to running a popular summer learning experience for teens at public libraries were shared at a special session at this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Most Popular 2015 Articles of “SLJTeen”

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Your clicks have spoken! The following are the top 10 pieces that ran in the SLJTeen newsletter this year.

A School-Wide Study of “Serial”

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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

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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

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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.