April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.

James Patterson Gives Last of $1M Pledge to Indie Bookstores

“We want going to the bookstore to be an event itself,” says Francine Lucidon, owner of The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, NY, and one of the 178 recipients of James Patterson’s $1M grant awarded to independent bookstores across the country.

‘Highland Park Kids Read’ Takes on Censorship Battle in TX School District

Nonprofit group Highland Park Kids Read is set to protest the pulling of “objectionable” books from the district’s curricula at a December 9 board meeting of the Highland Park Independent School District.

ABDO Changes Series Title After Seven-Year-Old Champions Gender Neutrality

“There’s no such thing as a ‘boy book,'” wrote seven-year-old Parker Dains from California in a letter to Abdo Publishing after she saw the Abdo series she enjoys about insects was part of a series called “Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys.” Abdo responded with changes.

Pictures of the Week: The 2014 National Book Awards Ceremony

Ursula Le Guin is honored at the National Books Awards ceremony on November 19 and steals the show with her speech.

13-Year-Old Girl Wins Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament on International Games Day

ALA’s International Games Day, on November 15, brought together hundreds of libraries around the world to participate in gaming, including a battle-to-the-death tournament of Minecraft won by a middle-schooler from Providence, RI.

St. Louis School Librarian Offers LibGuide on Ferguson

“As a librarian, I always feel like I have to share what resources are out there and the best of what is out there,” says St. Louis school librarian Katie Voss, who created an online LibGuide of materials related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly

The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by SLJ, sponsored by Follett.

Understood.org: Web Resource Helps Parents of Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

Understood.org is a new “parent toolbox” on the Web that pools the expertise of 15 well-known learning and child nonprofits so that parents can find articles, advice, expertise, and empathy for their child’s learning and attention struggles.

Container of Hope: International Book Bank Ships 86,000 Books to Liberia

The International Book Bank has partnered with the We Care Foundation to ship a “container of hope” with 86,000 books headed for Monrovia, Liberia to be included in the distribution of 10,000 homeschool kits to kids.

Dynamic Librarian Gets Apple ConnectED Grant for West Harlem Middle School

Peter Kornicker, a library media specialist at Don Pedro Albizu Campos Middle School in New York City, nabbed the Apple ConnectED grant for his school. This award translates into every student receiving an Apple iPad and every teacher, an iPad and Macbook, in 2015.

We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo Campaign Aims to Raise $100K

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) kicked off an indiegogo campaign to raise $100K on October 23, and it’s taken off like gangbusters. Also, check out John Green’s #SupportWNDB video, which debuted October 28.

Review of the Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature

Kate Samworth’s Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual: Renewing the World’s Bird Supply Since 2031 is the winner of the first-ever 2014 Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature. Read SLJ’s review of the title—plus our reviews of the finalists.

New Pew Report Finds Young Women Targeted for Online Harassment

According to Pew’s first-ever report on online harassment, young women, 18-24, are the most common targets.

Technology in the First Years | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

Addressing how technology fits in early learning, a trio of experts described uses of technology that can empower children and caregivers.

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

The “Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library” exhibit at this virtual conference (#TDS14) provided an abundance of tips and ways to start and improve your library’s app-literacy programming.

State Orders New York City to Comply with Mandate for Secondary School Librarians

A ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King in response to an appeal filed by the United Federation of Teachers means the NYC DOE has to address the staffing gap in the 2014−2015 school year—and in the best case scenario—could result in hundreds of new positions.

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

Shannon Miller, a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and former K−12 librarian of the Van Meter (IA) Community School District, turned a Rainbow Loom craze amongst her students into a learning opportunity called Banding Together.

Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.

Slideshow: Ohio Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

On September 19, the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library hosted the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book with Robert Needlman proclaiming tears, Kevin Henkes talking about his children being “built by books,” and Case Western University’s Robert Fischer talking big data.