June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Here are ways to help them.

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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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Margaret at the Movies: Top 10 Films From Books by Edwards Award Winners

These films take inspiration from their source material without necessarily replicating the books to the last detail.

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ALA 2018: Session Picks from SLJ Editors and Other Attendees

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

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Margaret Edwards Award Winner Angela Johnson Just Wants To Tell a Good Story

“I’ve never set out to teach a lesson, to lecture anyone,” says the author of more than 40 books.

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The Margaret A. Edwards Award and 30 Years of Young Adult Literature

Angela Carstensen takes a look back at three decades of YA—its evolution, groundbreaking titles, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award that honors its authors.

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2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced

The awards for excellence in children’s and YA literature named one winner and two honor books in three categories.

With Books, You Can Change the World—and Future Politicians Who Tweet, Says Angie Thomas at SLJ Day of Dialog

In a talk that ranged from her Mississippi roots to her personal influences, including a certain young reader who inspires her today, author Angie Thomas delivered a forceful keynote at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.

Get Thee to a Makerspace: A Shakespeare-Themed Festival from SLJ’s 2017 Maker Hero

Shake Fest is a blow-out event Bard-related activities, crafts, and games in Alisha Wilson’s school library.

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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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A Fifth Grader’s Mission To Save His School’s Librarian

Jakari Singleton was moved to action when he heard his school might lose its long-time teacher-librarian.

Tributes Pour In for Richard Peck

News of Richard Peck’s death sent authors to social media to share memories and tributes to the legendary author.

#KidsNeedBooks Twitter Campaign Helping Students and Schools in Need

One tweet has turned into a book donation campaign.

Gina Gagliano Has Big Plans for Random House Graphic

Brigid Alverson sat down with Gagliano at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in her brief week between jobs, to discuss what she hopes to accomplish at Random House Graphic.

‘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.”

Bully Principal Missed Opportunity | Scales on Censorship

Parent with Caldecott concerns, a librarian fears “Vincent and Theo” content issues (again), and an administrator who cracks down on students’ rights: Pat Scales sets them straight.

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Librarians Cannot Self-Censor or Capitulate To “George” Complaints | Opinion

The Oregon Battle of the Books is facing controversy because a book about a transgender child is on the reading list. Librarian Miranda Doyle calls on her colleagues to stand up to the critics.

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.

When Cosby’s ‘Little Bill,’ Alexie and Asher are on the Shelf: What Should A Librarian Do?

School and public librarians struggle with how to handle the books of Bill Cosby, as well as authors Sherman Alexie, Jay Asher, and James Dashner, who have been accused of sexual harassment.