May 28, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Librarian, Art Teacher Hope To Give Students Storytime—and Stability—Over Summer

Oklahoma educators Heather Cory and Becky Smith hope to stay connected with their elementary school kids in person and with a YouTube channel.

What’s the State of Diverse Books in Libraries? We’re Fielding a Survey.

School Library Journal has launched a survey about children’s and young adult book collections in school and public libraries—we want to know how diverse titles are being selected and acquired in these institutions.

Laura Fleming: Don’t Let Makerspaces Be A Passing Trend

High school library media specialist and pioneer in school makerspace movement issues a call to action.

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AASL 2018 Social Media Superstars Announced

The AASL chooses the profession’s best at sharing their message and ideas via social media.

Makerspaces Help Kids Tap Potential, Find Confidence, Success, and Friendships

It’s more than just tinkering, young people can find a place to belong, learn to persevere, and even discover a path toward a possible career in makerspaces.

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Edgar Awards, Ken Burns Classroom Q&A, and More | News Bites

Awards, a grant opportunity, and the chance for students to ask Ken Burns about the Vietnam War.

Celebrate Día with Bilingual Books, Library of Congress Livestream, and More

Monday, April 30, is Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

SLJ Reviews of the 2018 Eisner Award Nominations

Tea-making dragons, competitive ice skating, and a dinosaur flying under the radar in New York City are among the subjects of the young people’s selections nominated for the 2018 Eisner Awards.

Harry Potter Mobile Game Sends Users to Hogwarts

The first of two Harry Potter-themed mobile apps expected this spring has launched.

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.

YALSA Wins IMLS Grant to Train Librarians to Better Serve Teens

The Train the Trainer project will work with library staff to cultivate skills needed for the future of teen library services.

Virginia Duncan On Editing a Newbery Winner

The acclaimed editor talks about working on Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe, her mentors, and more.

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Super Heroes: These Superintendents Champion School Libraries

Visionary school leaders and superintendents are reinventing school libraries, highlighting their key role in student learning and literacy.

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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.

“7 Ate 9” Wins Irma Black Award; “Beauty and the Beak” Takes Cook Prize

The children have spoken: 2018 Irma Black and Cook Prize award winners announced.

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.

Librarians from Parkland, FL, and Brookfield, CT, Win Snicket Prize

Diana Haneski, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Yvonne Cech, formerly at Sandy Hook Elementary School, received the 2018 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

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.

Catching Up With SLJ’s School Librarians of the Year and Honorees

Awards, keynotes, published books, and more. Six previous winners and honorees updated us on their activities.

Among Story Contests, Imaginormous Challenge Stands Out

Five winning story ideas from kids will be developed into an ebook, video game, dessert, musical theater piece, and inspiration for the design of a new toy.