February 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Summer Programming Ideas, from Ska Storytime to Outdoor Treasure Hunts

It’s midwinter—a perfect time to start planning your summer programming. Here’s a snapshot of what librarians are putting together for 2018.

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STEM & the Standards: Librarians and the NGSS

Librarians are getting involved in NGSS implementation at schools with maker space projects or other activities that incorporate NGSS principles.

Prime Time for Podcasts

It’s a golden age for young podcast listeners and creators. Tips for using and recording audio content, plus top listening recommendations.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

World Read Aloud Day Adds Magic Night This Year

Every child likes to be read to, even those irritable tweens, according to the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading research.

Linda Blackmon Lowery, Youngest Selma Marcher, Inspires Students

Civil rights activist marched from Selma to Montgomery as a teenager. Now she seeks to inspire the next generation.

Librarians Use “Ready to Code” Grants, Learn From Each Other

Librarians from across the country are helping ALA create a toolkit of coding resources.

Libraries Provide IEP Information and Assistance Programs

For children with disabilities and their parents and guardians, navigating the education system can be stressful.

Libraries Can Help Disrupt School-to-Prison Pipeline

A recent conference at the Brooklyn Public Library focused on “Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

5 Tips for Twitter Author Chats

After a snafu with a Skype author visit, a U.K. high school librarian improvised a Twitter author chat instead. Since then, they’ve tweeted with more than 30 authors.

A School Library’s Free Bookstore Turbocharges Reading

At the St. Croix Elementary School in rural Wisconsin, students earn Book Bucks by meeting academic goals and spend them on gently used items.

Cooking with Chapter Books

These five food-themed chapter books are perfect inspiration to get kids engaged in kitchen-based learning.

Mindful Activities for Stressed Out Tweens

Four relaxing and stress-relieving activities that tweens can do in (or around) the library.

Tips for the Littlest Writers | First Steps

Pre-writing and writing skills are important in the pre-K years. Help tots strengthen their handwriting with these activities.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

Four tech experts recommend a selection of websites and applications.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

10 Crafty and Bookish Holiday Displays

Get out the scissors and tape! Time for some seasonal fun.

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picking Up the Pieces on Opioids | Editorial

Libraries across the country are creating a range of programs to support those impacted by substance abuse.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Everyone’s Problem: Libraries Confront the Opioid Crisis

Librarians are fighting the opioid crisis with information and social emotional learning strategies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Anti-Opioid Initiative Focuses on Prevention in Schools

A free online course for teens emphasizes education, prevention, and response.