March 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Chicago Public Schools Continue To Cut Deeply Into Educator, Librarian Positions

The latest layoffs follow a trend that has plagued CPS, and the state of Illinois, where school librarian positions continue to drop.

An Ezra Jack Keats Grant Fosters Architectural Study Among Fourth Graders

A librarian in rural Illinois uses an Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant to connect local fourth-graders with the architecture and history of their town, while also studying the author’s works. Watch a video about the project.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he would expand the Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) YOUmedia digital skills program by $500,000 in order to serve 25 percent more teens in 2014. The program teaches web design, digital media production, and programming. The announcement comes just a week after the online expansion of CPL’s homework help program.

Chicago’s New Public/School Library Hybrid Opens Doors

Can a public library serve both school children and its other patrons at the same time? That question is being put to the test in Chicago this week as the Back of the Yards Library—a public branch meant to serve as a school library for the 9–12 grade students attending the new Back of the Yards High School next door—opens its doors.

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Restored to IL Classrooms

Steven Chbosky’s epistolary coming-of-age tale The Perks of Being a Wallflower is being restored to eighth-grade classrooms in Glen Ellyn District 41, a suburb of Chicago, following a recent challenge over concerns about the book’s sexual content and explicit language.

‘Persepolis’ Restored to Chicago School Libraries; Classroom Access Still Restricted

After a directive by Chicago Public Schools last week to restrict student access for all grades below 11 to Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s award-winning memoir about growing up during the Iranian Revolution, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett quickly issued a memo clarifying that the graphic novel should remain on library shelves. However, educators remain wary about the classroom restrictions, prompting the ALA’s Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation to respond.