April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

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.

Don’t Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills

Educators look at coding in a new context, with computational thinking and basic computer literacy as the goal.

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

Short Story Dispensers Spread Power of Literature

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

Student Opportunities & an ALSC Institute Scholarship | News Bites

An internship, scholarship, and grant are part of the latest roundup of opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines.

How To Run a Successful Kids Book Club

Start small. Lead by letting go. Read more tips from experts who run book clubs for kids of all ages.

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

Parkour at the Library

The physical fun of parkour can bring new young patrons and valuable partnerships to a library’s programming.

How a Connecticut Library Became a Community STEM Hub

A well conceived tech center and maker lab draws students and community members of all ages.

Award-Winning Arts Education for Kids of All Abilities

A New York library’s reading and creativity program for kids welcomes those whose disabilities may prevent them from attending school with their community peers.

Parental Demands and Accusations | Scales on Censorship

One mother accuses a librarian of “stunting her daughter’s intellectual growth,” while another says lack of policing child’s book choices gave her son nightmares.

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

Grants, Book Drive and a Reading Challenge | News Bites

Information about upcoming We Need Diverse Books internship grants, Native American enhancement grants, the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge, and more.

Local Educators Lead Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

A former school librarian in Puerto Rico returns home after Hurricane Maria to help—and to tell the stories of the local people who are helping students, libraries, and schools recover.

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.

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

Organizations Urge Action to Overturn Harmful Funding Cuts in Federal Budget Proposal

The White House budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding would adversely impact all children, particularly those in at-risk communities.

Librarians Love to Share Award Winners with Kids

Excitement is building for the YMAs announcement on February 12. For librarians, it can dictate displays, future lesson plans and what books to buy.

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.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Launches New Policy Toolkit

The toolkit is a valuable resource for all libraries to help create or revise selection and reconsideration policy.

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

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