June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Publisher’s description From Marie Marquardt, the author of Dream Things True and The Radius of Us, comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans. Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi […]

FL Schools Brace for Book Challenges

After passage of a new state law allowing citizens to challenge educational materials in their county, Florida school librarians are wondering what the process will mean for them come fall.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

Teen Services Positions at Risk at Broward County Library

Broward County (FL) Library is set to change the designation of a number of youth librarian positions, a potential cost-cutting measure intended to increase service hours to all patrons. Some are concerned about the impact on teen programming.

Florida School Librarians Stretching Resources—Themselves

Sharing has a whole new meaning for Marion County, FL, elementary school librarians, far beyond the lesson they help teach their young charges. Today, the word refers to the way media specialists manage their jobs—which means each must head two elementary school libraries instead of one.

Miami-Dade Will Shut Only Four Libraries but Major Layoffs Still Expected

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez, who last month warned that 22 of the county’s 49 public libraries could be shut down this fall due to deep budget cuts, announced that his administration now expects to shutter only four, according to the Miami Herald.

Miami’s Public Library Cuts Detrimental to Students

Draconian cuts to Miami public libraries—nearly 45 percent of its branches shuttered and more than 250 staff positions—lost stand to impact the community. The intended cuts pose a monumental loss of service to Miami’s K–12 students, as some of the public libraries slotted to shut down are close to Miami-Dade County public schools.

Media Specialists’ Role Endangered in Florida

School media specialist positions are being hit hard across the Sunshine State, with school librarians finding their positions renamed—and, in some cases, their jobs re-assigned or terminated—for the coming 2013–2014 school year. From Citrus County to Pasco County, some of Florida’s districts have completely changed the way they now view the role of a media specialist.