April 26, 2018

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ISTE Winners To Be Honored in Atlanta; Ezra Keats Foundation Awards $820K; Qlovi Adds HarperCollins Titles | News Bites

Grants, Scholarships, and Competitions

In late May, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries, announced 60 recipients of its 26th annual minigrant awards totaling more than $820,00 to educators across 27 states. For more information, visit here.

Also, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a four-year grant of $750,000 to The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, in order to expand existing higher education options for those seeking to become early childhood professionals.

Honors and Prizes

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced its 2014 award winners in early May. Each year, ISTE recognizes individuals who excel at integrating technology with education. The winners will be honored at ISTE 2014 (June 28-July 1) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scholastic announced the four recipients of its READ 180 and System 44 Outstanding Educator Awards—in May—for excellent use of the programs for reading achievement. The winners will each receive a $1,200 check, an all-expense-paid trip to the READ 180 National Summer Institute in Orlando, and a commemorative plaque. Scholastic has also received recognition from the Association of American Publishers. In June, the company received 26 REVERE and Beacon Awards honoring excellence in education resources, classroom magazines, educational programs, and professional development.

The Software & Information Industry Association announced the nonprofit ReadWorks as the winner of its CODiE Award this past May. Named 2014’s “Best Reading/ELL Instructional Solution for Education,” ReadWorks, the research-based, state and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum, is used by more than 700,000 educators in all 50 states.

This past April, the U.S. Government Printing Office recognized four libraries—The Arizona State Library, the Brooklyn College Library, The University of Iowa’s Libraries, and The Ottenheimer Library at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock—in the Federal Depository Library Program for their outstanding achievements and initiatives in 2013 and 2014 involving the information needs of their communities.

Ebooks and E-Libraries

In May, Qlovi, the classroom ebook and literacy platform, announced the addition of HarperCollins backlist titles to its selection.

Upgrades and Launches

The Lilead Project announced its relaunch of the Lilead Network, an online community for school district library supervisors, with improved features and streamlined functionality for better communication.

Evanced Solutions, a library software developer and subsidiary of Demco, announced the addition of Wandoo Reader, a gamified reading progress tracker, to its reader engagement software suite.

American Libraries magazine announced “Digital Discoveries,” a new digital supplement discussing  trends in digital content technology and the current state of ebook lending, this past May.

The research program ProQuest updated its e-library to include the new mobile web edition accessible from smart phones and handhelds. Other updates include text-to-speech functionality from ReadSpeaker and direct export functionality to EasyBib.

Maps101, a browser-based resource app announced an upgrade Field Trip Library, a virtual field trip product that explains complex historical events in a geographic and chronological context using interactive mapping and rich content.


In early June, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance announced that it will be holding “In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More,” a professional development day for educators to learn about utilizing literature across academic disciplines. The event takes place October 17 in the Goodwin Theatre in Perry, Ohio. Register here.

This summer, the San Antonio Public Library will be offering an all-ages “Introduction to Magic” course. Local magician Paul Mims will be visiting multiple library locations to discuss the art of stage magic and to teach a few basic tricks.

Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a free, two-week course for teachers at its Central Library branch from August 11-22. The Teacher Lab will introduce teachers to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for practical use in the classroom.

More bites

WT Cox Information Services announced exclusive rights to sales of the Worldcrunch service to academic libraries in the United States. Worldcrunch is a service that delivers English translations of foreign language news articles from global sources. A demo and free trial are available on the program’s website.

OverDrive announced mid-May that it has added 2,173 public, school, academic, and corporate libraries to its global network this year alone.

MackinVIA released its new online community Connext, a site to share forums, information, expert blogs, and more—all related to education.

In mid-May, Press4Kids introduced News-O-Matic, the daily newspaper app for kids (ages 7-11) geared to encourage habitual reading over the summer. News-O-Matic is published every weekday, and each issue includes five grade-appropriate and easy-to-understand news stories that are fully aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Astronauts collaborated with educators to develop Story Time From Space, the new reading program that combines literacy with STEM education. Astronauts on the International Space Station will also conduct and videotape educational demonstrations, and cross-content curriculum will be designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards.