November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

School Bus–Turned–Bookmobile Rolls Across Georgia

Over the summer, the polka-dot bus visited areas without easy access to a public library.

Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer

School librarians in Charlottesville, VA, get pedaling in order to bring books to kids.

Perfect Summertime Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Five titles perfect for celebrating—or reliving—the long, lazy days of summer.

“Build a Better World” with Chapter Books

Chapter Book Chat columnist Abby Johnson recommends three recent titles (along with lesson plan and activity ideas) that fit perfectly with the “Build A Better World” summer reading theme.

Those Endless Summer Reading Wish Lists | Authors and Illustrators Reveal Theirs

Not surprisingly, fun and funny is a theme during this post-election year.

5 Beach Reads for Teens: From Superhero Adventures to Thrilling Whodunits

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a camp experience like no other, a whodunit, a coming-of-age tale, or a short but complete history of surfing, these five choices are just right for summer reading shelves.

Titles to Inspire Tweens and Teens to “Build a Better World” This Summer

Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton highlights a few titles perfect for this year’s Collaborative Summer Learning Program theme, “Build a Better World.”

Battle summer slump with two programs: Summer Sparks and SYNC

Looking for a way to beat the summer reading slump?  Check out these two programs to help kids of all ages keep their reading going all summer long.   1. Summer Sparks Classroom teachers and librarians are invited to join our friends Buncee and Capstone Publishing in their first Summer Sparks Reading Contest designed to […]

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

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Three Rules for a Fabulous Summer Reading Program

Pick awesome books, offer choice, and value student voice. Read more tips from a 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist.

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“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond

Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

The Summer Reading T-Shirt Fashion Show

I think we’ve all learned something here today.  When it all comes down to it, and when all is said and done, summer reading t-shirts that are deeply attractive are rare, beautiful butterflies and that should be treasured and honored.  Which is to say . . . . ARE YOU READY FOR A SUMMER READING […]

My Library’s Summer Reading T-Shirt is Cuter Than Yours

Or is it? Folks, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a library in possession of a summer reading program must produce a t-shirt of some kind.  And generally speaking, it is usually a walking eyesore.  Though I owe New York Public Library more than I can ever repay, I must confess that each and […]

Take a Bite Out of Summer Reading with Shark Week–Themed Titles

What could possibly make the end of the school year even better…shark week! Here are a few nonfiction titles straight from SLJ archives sure to please novices and experts alike.

Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists from a Public Librarian (and a Mom)

     

Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Summer Reading Picks

Memorial Day has passed. The summer solstice is here. You’ve broken out the grill. The sweltering weather has started (at least here in NYC), and visions of beaches, pools, and vacation are dancing in our heads. Depending on where in the country you live, the kids are either finished school or wrapping it up and […]

Teens Promote Summer Reading Through Video Contest

Looking for ways to entice teens to participate in summer reading? Reel them in with videos created by their peers for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.

“Be a Summer Reader; Be a Lifetime Reader” Says Kate DiCamillo

Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo stars in a series of short videos describing her love of libraries and reading.