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Archives for August 2013

QR Codes for (y)our Apps

I am on a serious mission to push our library out onto the platforms my kiddos love most–their phones, and to a lesser extent, their tablets.  I so want our library to be in the pockets. As I finished preparing our QR code handout, it occurred to me that most of the codes, in fact […]

Action Park

Oh, growin’ up …. (Yes, hopefully, you’re hearing that the way Springsteen sings it.) One of the things I’m fascinated with is how people change; or don’t. Not as individuals — but how different an experience it is to be a teen in 2013, 2003, 1993, 1983, 1973 — well, you get the picture. Some […]

FlipYour Classroom Day

You’ll want to share this event and its resources with the classroom teachers you are helping to flip. On September 6, the Flipped Learning Network will host the first global Flip Your Classroom Day. To celebrate, the network encourages teachers everywhere to pledge to  flip one lesson in the hope that the flipping experience will be a sticky one. […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#12)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on GoodReads or Amazon? The cover is very cute but the contents is incredibly snoozesome, and I’m not so interested in reading about yucky pigs and gross spiders (I’ve had a spider hatch eggs in my room; it was not a pleasant experience. […]

Notes on August 2013

In August… …we previewed fall book releases. I picked 10 books to look out for in the coming months. …we made book request magic. I gave the screenshot-heavy lowdown on using Google forms for students to request books. …we stared slack-jawed at rare book values. Some well-known children’s books are fetching large sums at AbeBooks. […]

This Week’s Comics: Baltazar-ific

Beat back the last of the dog days of August and enjoy the long Labor Day weekend with sweet comics! Archie Comics releases the third volume of their re-imagined series Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within. Issue 3 of the popular Cartoon Network series Regular Show comes out this week from BOOM! Studios, while […]

Review: Dragon Ball 3-in-1 Volume 1

Son Goku lives alone in the wilds, away from civilization, when he literally runs into Bulma, a girl on her summer vacation, searching for the 7 legendary Dragon Balls. If the balls are found and brought together, the dragon Shenlong will appear and grant one wish. Goku has one of the balls, but he’s not […]

Capstone Donates Over 3,000 Books to Moore, Oklahoma Elementary Schools

After the storms last spring devastated the Moore (OK) community, Capstone recently sent a shipment of 3,000-plus books to support the city’s two elementary schools, Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars | September 2013

About words and writing.

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New York’s Folly: A Lack of Vision at the City’s Dept. of Education | Editorial

As students around the country return to school, those in New York City are facing a future without certified school librarians, as the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has asked to be excused from a decades-old state mandate on minimum staffing requirements.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pick of the Day: Janie Face to Face (Audio)

In Janie Face to Face, Caroline B. Cooney wraps up her popular thriller romance series that debuted more than 20 years ago about a young girl who discovers her face on a milk carton, setting in motion a series of rollercoaster events that affected many lives. Read the review of the audiobook narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan.

Fusenews: Like a common peasant

They say that there are more children’s book authors and illustrators in Brooklyn than any other city in the nation.  How appropriate then that they should be the ones behind the inaugural Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest.  The rules are simple: If you have never written a published children’s book then you are eligible.  You […]

Powerful Partnerships, Pi, and Python Behind the Success of Teen Tech Camp

Imagine a day in your library devoted to the basics of coding in Python and sending a roomful of teens home with computers they can keep. Now imagine doing this for about $30! It’s completely possible, because it happened at Southwest Regional Library, a regional branch of the Durham County Library system in Durham, North Carolina.

Page to Screen: From YA Bestsellers to Big-Screen Blockbusters

While the jury is still out on the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, reviewers are raving about the surprise indie hit The Spectacular Now, based on Tim Tharp’s young adult novel. Children’s books continue to be Hollywood’s go-to source for inspiration, and librarians couldn’t be happier. As readers and movie fans await the book-to-film entries coming this fall, such as Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, SLJ looks ahead to future releases in this latest installment of Page to Screen.

A Summer App Recap | Touch and Go

For those of you who have been sitting under a shady tree or on a beach these past two months—and we hope that’s most of you—we’re offering a summary of the app reviews published over the summer. The list includes picture books, poetry, music, a reference guide or two, and some beloved characters and timeless stories. These are titles you want to load onto your school devices ASAP.

Bouncing Back to School | Great Books for Easing First Day Jitters

From what to wear to following rules to making friends, these engaging picture books address common beginning-of-the-year concerns with solid storytelling, genuine empathy, and upbeat resolutions. Selected from the vast array of offerings available on the topic, the list includes titles both new and tried-and-true that will reassure youngsters that their apprehensions are shared by others.

Pick of the Day: Orphan Train Rider (Audio)

In Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story, Andrea Warren tells about the amazing and often tragic westward journey of more than 200,000 children between 1854 and 1930 in search of families. Be sure to read the review of the audiobook narrated by Laura Hicks.

I’m a librarian: that’s my j-o-b

We don’t read all day.  Our hair’s not in a bun. We don’t all wear glasses. Don’t always says shush.  We do love books. We’re the bosses at the Internet.  We do provide the freedom to escape the room you’re sitting in.  . . We’re on a quest to teach you how to find the […]

Preview: Betty & Veronica Double Digest #215

It’s beauty vs. the budget in this month’s issue of Betty & Veronica Double Digest, which went on sale yesterday in finer comics shops everywhere. Check out our preview (and that lovely cover by Gisele Lagace and Tito Pena); there’s more information at the end of the post. BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #215 When […]

Review: Pain, Parties, Work

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder. HarperCollins. 2013. Personal Copy. Vacation reads — when I review not-teen books that people may be interested in reading! It’s About: In June, 1953, Sylvia Plath was a guest editor for the fashion magazine, Mademoiselle.  The guest editor program was prestigious. The […]