February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Building Our Way Back: School Libraries Recover from Disasters

Librarians impacted by flooding and hurricane describe their recovery efforts and suggest disaster planning points.

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Reporting on Hurricanes, and then Fleeing One

Marva Hinton had just reported a story on Hurricane Harvey for SLJ when she was forced to evacuate her home due to Hurricane Irma.

Foiled by Curses | Scales on Censorship

Shiloh’s curse words; a visiting author’s objectionable language; complaints about “A Day No Pigs Would Die”

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Book Grants; #StrivingReaders Giveaway; IWitness Video Challenge | News Bites

Here’s a roundup of grant opportunities, contests, and award submissions.

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.

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.

Chronicle Acts To Replace Image in ‘The Ultimate Book of Space’

Image of girl having dress lifted by a robot draws criticism, will be removed from future reprints.

A Safer Future: Shaping a New Norm with #MeToo | Editorial

Librarians can do more to raise awareness of the rights of girls and women, and of sexism and its price—and build cultural literacy about consent vs coercion.

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Video: Jacqueline Woodson Inaugurated as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

“Books change us. They can help us have the bigger conversations,” Jacqueline Woodson said during her inauguration ceremony at the Library of Congress.

Kara Yorio joins SLJ as News Editor

Veteran journalist joins SLJ staff.

Jacqueline Woodson Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Woodson, who won the National Book Award for her memoir in verse Brown Girl Dreaming, succeeds Gene Luen Yang in the position.

In Memoriam 2017

Remembering authors and illustrators who passed away in 2017.

Advocate This, Not That!

Four bold strategies to elevate your school library.

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How My Library Doubled Its Circulation

A librarian’s Reading Empathy Initiative cultivates student reading endurance in a distracted world. Here’s how.

Five Ways I Created Opportunity at My Title I School

Manage the money, amplify student voice, and more tips from SLJ‘s 2017 Hero of Equitable Access.

Holy Street Sign! Bronx Road Named for Batman Creator Bill Finger

Batman fans, city officials, students, and others gathered to celebrate the dedication of Bill Finger Way.

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.

Move Over, Scholastic: Follett Launches Book Fairs

As Scholastic fields complaints about merchandising included in book fair materials, Follett builds its own book fair program.