YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads"; Minnesota's Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.


YALSA logoThe Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is looking for submissions forits 2014 Maker Contest. Entries can include any youth-oriented crafting curricula. Submissions are due by September 1 and can be submitted here. YALSA has also announced the recipients of its 2014 Teen Read Week Activity grant. The grant was funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and was awarded to 10 libraries to help fund its Teen Read Week activities. Each grant is worth $1,000. Recipients of the grant were selected based on the overall impact, need, and cohesiveness of their literacy-based programs. You can see a list of the finalists here. PENThis week, PEN announced the winners of the 2014 Literary Awards, celebrating some of the most outstanding voices in literature, spanning a wide array of genres and including both distinguished and emerging writers alike. All of the winners will be honored at the Literary Awards Ceremony to be held on Monday, September 29, 2014 at The New School in New York City. View the full press release here.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an award honoring nonprofit libraries and library organizations for exemplary contributions to their communities. Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC and host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories. Approximately 30 finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured by IMLS as part of a six-week social media and press campaign. Nomination forms are due October 15, 2014. Find out more about the nomination process here. In late July, the winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced. Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist, Will Eisner, the awards are given out in more than two dozen categories during a ceremony each year at Comic-Con International: San Diego. See a full list of winners here. Review: Eleanor and ParkThe Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) announced the finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. Established in 2008, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit. This year’s top prize went to Rainbow Rowell for her novel, Eleanor & Park. Read the list of finalists here. On August 1, it was announced that three Follett products nominated by K-12 educators and administrators from around the country have earned recognition in the eSchool News’ Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014-15. Follett’s Destiny Library Manager has been named one of the winning products and services, while Aspen Instructional Management System and Follett Shelf each received honorable mentions. The Readers’ Choice winners are recognized in eSchool News’ August issue, as well as on the publication’s website.

Ebooks and E-Libraries

In late July, major upgrades were made to the statewide ebook project eVoke Colorado. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements, and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs. WorkingWithLibrariesCover-194x300In late July, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund released Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators in order to provide comics creators with an insider’s perspective on the library world. The handbook details the basics of public, school, and academic libraries, explains the collection development process, and offers suggestions for ways comics creators can collaborate with libraries in developing events and programs. Click here for a free download.

Upgrades, Launches, and partnerships

In mid-July, Start Publishing announced the addition of its newest imprint, Mason Crest EBooks. Formed in 2012, Start Publishing specializes in the publication of ebooks and will introduce Mason Crest’s general trade books into the EBook market. Find out more here. ScholasticlogoScholastic announced, at the end of July, that its digital reading platform Storia will no longer support ebooks. Originally launched in 2012 as an app designed for individual operating systems, the company said that the soon-to-be released Storia School Edition will be a streaming service, available through a subscription model for children in for pre-k through Grade 6. Subscriptions will start at $2,000 and will be based on the size of the school. Read more here. BookUp, an afterschool reading program from the National Book Foundation, has initiated its first summer session in partnership with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development. Launched in 2007, BookUp is a series of extracurricular reading groups lead by published authors, designed to inspire middle-school students to develop a lifelong passion for literature and learning. naacpThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and American Urban Radio Networks, the nation’s largest African American owned radio network company, have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign. “NAACP Reads” has produced radio public service announcements voiced by Tatyana Ali, Bobby Jones, Jermaine Dupri and other notable individuals. With the support of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the program aims to reinforce the importance of early literacy development in the effort to increase reading proficiency for African American and low-income students. Listen to the public service announcements here. On August 8, United Way of New York City and United Healthcare held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new reading corner at the East Side House Settlement's Early Childhood Program at the Mott Haven Center in the Bronx. The reading corner is made possible by donations from UnitedHealthcare and Scholastic. Learn more here.


This Week’s Comics: Going Ape for Sesame StreetTo celebrate the its 45th season airing this fall, Sesame Workshop and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will present "Somebody Come and Play": 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street," a free multimedia exhibition for children and Sesame Street fans of all ages. Named after the classic Sesame Street song, “Somebody Come and Play” will feature items from the archives of Sesame Workshop and the Library for the Performing Arts, as well as a child-friendly area where children can enjoy Sesame Street books, games, apps, and ebooks. The exhibition will be on display in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum at NYPL from September 18, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Learn more here.

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Discovery Education-resizeDiscovery Communications today announced a comprehensive program to support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a White House program that seeks to improve the expected life outcomes of boys and men of color—while simultaneously altering public perception of them—through public-private partnerships. The one-hour program will be simulcast on Father’s Day in 2015 on Discovery Channel and other U.S. networks, including the Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as Discovery’s online properties, and will also be made available to educators. Learn more about the broadcast here. Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, today announced year-end results from the Kansas Reading Initiative in which the use of the Lexia Reading Core5 program has outpaced expectations, driving substantial gains in student achievement. Educational Design Solutions, a Kansas-based company, is Lexia’s statewide partner for the Kansas Reading Initiative. Find out more here. SPaul In late August, the expansion of the laptop giveaway program was announced at Minnesota's Saint Paul Public Library. Initiated by anonymous donors with the Friends of the SPPL and launched in 2014, the program awarded computers and training to three student participants from Saint Paul Public Library’s Rondo branch homework center. In the next year, the program’s donors will award 27 more laptops to students participating in any of the six homework centers in the Saint Paul Public Library system.

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