June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Over 600 Teens Attend NYPL’s Annual Anti-Prom—A Night of Glitter, Fashion, & Acceptance

NYPL has hosted an alternative prom for teens in New York City for ever 14 years. The young adult programming manager give highlights from this year’s festive, inclusive event, which took place on June 8.

LGBT Pride Month Brings Extra Challenges for Librarians

Over the last two years, challenges of LGBT books, displays, and programming have risen. During June, library staff handle even more challenges and complaints than usual.

Teen Interns Get Innovative with Display Ideas at VA High School Library

Librarian interns at Western Albemarle High School use hot glue gun, metal washers, super magnets, and creativity to display student artwork in the library.

Librarians Collaborate to Support English Language Learners and Their Families

To properly serve immigrant communities, libraries are partnering with local organizations—and the patrons themselves—to boost collections in the populations’ native languages.

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Libraries of Things | Library Hacks

Looking for short-term use of cake tins, camping equipment, or bikes? These libraries lend out all of those items and a lot more.

Fab Lab Makes Impact on Special and Alternative Education Students

A hands-on STEM learning center at Colonial High School (CHS) in Grindstone, PA, provides needed skills, an emotional outlet, and a lifeline to many teens.

Get Thee to a Makerspace: A Shakespeare-Themed Festival from SLJ’s 2017 Maker Hero

Shake Fest is a blow-out event Bard-related activities, crafts, and games in Alisha Wilson’s school library.

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Teen Hopes First LitUp Festival Is Just the Beginning

High school sophomore starts literary and arts festival for teens that she hopes can become a national YA tour.

Tapping the Lifelong Potential of Making | Editorial

Making is having a positive impact on how kids learn and transforming how they feel about the world around them.

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MākMō Mobile Makerspace Making Impact in Los Angeles

Four customized vans bring makerspace programming and spark education and partnerships in Southern California.

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How To Organize 250,000 LEGO Pieces

SLJ‘s 2016 School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson’s quest for the ultimate LEGO storage solution.

Starting with a Pop-Up, a School Library Grows in Denver

A Denver school librarian helps teens living in a “book desert” with no high school library.

Slime Science

The goopy substance is all the rage—and a great way to explore polymers during library maker activities.

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Summer Reading Lists; New Graphic Novel Imprint and More | News Bites

There’s a lot happening in this installment of New Bites, including grant opportunities, awards, a new imprint, an ALA summit, and more.

Video: Toy Take-Apart with Kristin Fontichiaro and Ben Rearick

Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.

Good Inventions: Tech Innovations that Help the Community

A school librarian leads student tech projects to design pet prosthetics and traffic safety vests with LED displays.

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Children’s Program Sparks Backlash in Illinois Town

Some community members in O’Fallon, IL, objected to a public library event centered around the children’s book, “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire.”

Picture Book Police Officers

Not all kids see the police as community stewards, but picture books do.

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Picture of the Week | #SLJBasecamp

J. Elizabeth Mills and Dr. Michelle H. Martin from the University of Washington’s iSchool share material created by children at one of the #SLJBasecamp sessions in Seattle on May 5.

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.