February 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Applications Close April 30 for SLJ Build Something Bold Award


The Walnut Grove Elementary School library, 2014 Build Something Bold winner.

Are you an elementary or middle school librarian integrating technology in creative ways? Project-based learning instruction? What innovative things are your students making in your library space?

Consider nominating yourself or someone you know for School Library Journal’s Build Something Bold Award, sponsored by LEGO Education. The award honors creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning and its meaningful infusion in the library or classroom, led by the librarian or media specialist.

Photos courtesy of Kaechele Elementary School Library.

The Kaechele Elementary School library.

The Grand Prize winner receives $2,500, along with a LEGO Education Classroom Pack. The first runner-up receives $1,000, while the Editor’s Choice nominee is awarded $500. Check out the official rules for entry—nominations are being accepted through April 30.

Last year’s winner was the Walnut Grove Elementary School in New Market, AL (above), with a diner-themed design that brings new technology to rural students. The 2014 runners-

Photo courtesy of Adlai E. Stevenson High School Library.

The Adlai E. Stevenson High School library.

up were the Nimitz High School, Irving, TX, which is a student-engineered space with tech tools, snacks, and a “Java Jungle,” and Kaechele Elementary School in Glen Allen, CA, which combined fitness, fun, and learning.

The Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL, snagged the 2014 Editor’s Choice Award. This newly renovated, student-centered Information and Learning Center with amphitheater-style stairs combined an existing library and tutoring center.


The Nimitz High School library.


Building Literacy-Rich Communities
Hosted by Library Journal and School Library JournalStronger Together is a national gathering of thought leaders and innovators from across the country who will share where and how partnerships between school districts and public libraries are having success. Join us May 10–12 at the University of Nebraska Omaha, as we explore the impact these collaborations are having on the institutions, communities, and kids they serve.
Facts Matter: Information Literacy for the Real World
Libraries and news organizations are joining forces in a variety of ways to promote news literacy, create innovative community programming, and help patrons/students identify misinformation. This online course will teach you how to partner with local news organizations to promote news literacy through a range of programs—including a citizen journalism hub at your library.