April 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Kara Yorio

About Kara Yorio

Kara Yorio (kyorio@mediasourceinc.com, @karayorio) is news editor at School Library Journal.

ProjectCiv Helps Students Break Out of Echo Chamber, Have Civil Political Discussions

In an initiative from a school librarian, students model civility in political conversations about the hotly debated issues of the day.

Aurora Library Director on Controversial Poem: “This Was a Mistake That Does Not Represent Us.”

A poem, deemed offensive, racist, and Islamophobic, was removed from an exhibit at the library at the Aurora (IL) Public Library.

PBS Releases “America’s 100 Best-Loved Novels” in Advance of “The Great American Read”

What is America’s most-loved novel? PBS gives viewers a list of 100 titles to choose from and an eight-part series to discuss the books and their impact.

Incident Offers Opportunity for Education on Serving Patrons with Autism

Experts push awareness and education after a boy with autism was asked to leave a New Jersey library.

Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition New York City Winners Announced

The winners of New York City’s Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition were announced earlier this week.

Barbara Bush Leaves Legacy of Championing Literacy

The matriarch of the Bush family is being remembered for her commitment to child and family literacy.

Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award and Filipino Storytelling Tradition

The author’s character-building approach in “Across the Universe” takes her readers on an honest, authentic journey.

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“I Spy” Author Jean Marzollo Remembered for Her Generosity, Love of Words

Marzollo published more than 100 children’s books and was best known best for the “I Spy” series, a collaboration with artist and photographer Walter Wick.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Maker Space Gets an Upgrade, Becomes “Part of the Healing Process”

A couple of 3-D printers and motivated students has the MSD maker space evolving and playing a role in the students’ healing process.

Most Challenged: A Look Back at Books Some Wanted Off the Shelves

The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom will release the top 10 most Frequently Challenged Books from 2017 on Monday, April 9. While we wait, let’s look back at those that made the list in years past.

Get Ready to Log Those Minutes: It’s Almost Time for Scholastic’s “Magical” Summer of Reading

It’s time to start planning for the Summer Reading Challenge and, with the addition of community partners, Scholastic takes aim at the issue of access.

Fighting Cuts: How To Keep Librarians in Schools

From before eliminating positions is proposed to getting those jobs back when they’re gone, Elissa Malespina gives you a plan of attack.

There’s More Money! Now What?

The unexpected $700 million boost to the Title IV A grant budget offers school librarians more opportunities for funding.

Apple to Help Chicago Educators Bring Computer Science to the Classroom

In addition to new, lower-priced iPad for schools, Apple is launching a professional development coding program for Chicago educators.

Short Story Dispensers Spread Power of Literature

The Public Library Association helps bring community publishing, short stories, and fun to libraries.

Kid Lit Community Joins March for Our Lives

The children’s literature community came together at March for Our Lives events around the country, and around the world, to support students leading the call for stronger gun control laws.

Kid Lit Has a Bunny Battle

Comedian John Oliver created a book about Vice President Mike Pence’s family pet to challenge the one written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence.

Russell Freedman Brought History to Life For Kids

The award-winning nonfiction children’s writer has died at 88.

AILA Rescinds Sherman Alexie’s 2008 YA Book of the Year Award

An honor for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, winner of the 2008 National Book Award, has been taken away by the American Indian Literature Association, after multiple accusations of sexual harassment against author Sherman Alexie.

Students Walk Out; Librarian Creates Display to Inform, Support Kids

School librarian Angie Morris pulled books from her collection at Rolesville (NC) Middle School to help students understand the issues as they prepared to take part in the National School Walkout.