June 21, 2018

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School Librarian Legislation, Summer Jobs, and More | News Bites

Legislation, book vending machines, summer jobs at the library, and more, in this edition of News Bites.

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.

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.

ALA 2018: Session Picks from SLJ Editors and Other Attendees

Notable keynotes, panels, and events from this year’s conference.

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YALSA Releases Recommendations for Continuing Education for Teen Services

The report offers four recommendations and highlights successful models.

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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Slime Science

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

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‘Fifty Shades’ Notwithstanding, Librarians Embrace the Great American Read

Any booklist is bound to be picked apart. So it’s no surprise that librarians have opinions about the 100 best-loved novels named in “The Great American Read.”

Flossmoor Public Library Struggles with “Rowdy” Tweens and Teens; Relaxes ID Policy

When Flossmoor Public Library (IL) initiated a new policy requiring tweens and teens to show student ID in order to use the library, the response from the library community was swift and largely negative. Now, administrators are taking a second look at the policy and figuring out more equitable ways to manage their boisterous young patrons.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.