February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Announces the Buzz Student Reading Award


School Library Journal announces the SLJ Buzz Award, sponsored by Brain Hive, recognizing K–12 school library programs that are developing innovative new ways to raise awareness of reading by bringing students digital learning activities that increase reading, improve engagement, spark social interaction, and inspire a lifelong love of reading to help kids reach their full potential.

Winning programs will demonstrate a library program’s use of digital content to increase reading engagement in digital and print formats and improve literacy and learning.

The winning library program will receive a $1,000 cash award, plus $1,500 in Brain Hive Bucks® for use during the 2014–15 school year. The head school librarian, or other lead librarian, will also receive a trip to the 2014 SLJ Leadership Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a guest of Brain Hive, and the winning program will be profiled in the December 2014 issue of School Library Journal.

Two finalists will each receive $500 in Brain Hive Bucks® for use during the 2014–15 school year and be mentioned in the December issue of School Library Journal.

Please check out the guidelines for further details.


Any public or private K-12 library program in the United States is eligible, and applicants can nominate themselves. Supporters (i.e. administrators, peers, institutions) can also nominate a library program for the award.

Deadline is September 15, 2014. The deadline has been extended September 22, 2014.

For guidelines about nominating your (or somebody else’s) library program for the SLJ Buzz Award visit http://www.slj.com/awards/buzzaward/.

For more articles focusing on reading, reader’s advisory, book clubs, and more , as well as booklists and selected reviews from SLJ, check out our special section “Fostering Readers.