June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Free Primary Sources To Engage Students

Librarian Tom Bober curates a strong set of resources, with tips on how to make the best use of these websites.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

LOC introduces its Story Maps

Around a month ago, the Library of Congress announced new curatorial strategies for interactive storytelling around its diverse collections with its Story Maps. The stories offer users engaging ways to access these collections and leverage data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a new story platform created by ESRI a corporate leader in the areas of […]

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.

Zena is watching, are you?

I hope you have as good a time watching this interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as I did conducting it. Our conversation will also appear, edited, in the May/June special issue of the Horn Book Magazine, Making a Difference. Carla is one…

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Library of Congress introduces three new apps (and a reminder of some older goodies)

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Library of Congress announced the launch of three new apps for Web and mobile, developed by educational organizations that were supported by an LOC grant for app development. The new interactive applications focus on citizenship, civic engagement, and exploration with primary sources. Lee Ann Potter, director of Educational Outreach […]

‘Wonder’ Toolkit; Capstone Educators’ Forum; Grants | News Bites

Our news roundup includes information about Baker & Taylor summer reading grants; a teen-focused StoryCorps Thanksgiving project; and a GIF-making contest.

Library of Congress Launches Teen Internship; 2017 Lammys Announced | SLJTeen News

A roundup of tidbits and news bites that librarians working with teens will want to know about, including a new internship at the Library of Congress and the winners of the Lammys, Audies, and Teen Choice Book awards.

Carla Hayden’s Big Plans for Kids at the Library of Congress

Children and teens play an active role at the world’s largest library under Carla Hayden. A Q&A with the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.

Comfort Zone | An original comic by Gene Luen Yang

An early lesson in empathy inspired Gene Luen Yang. In an original comic for School Library Journal, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature depicts the inspiration for his Reading Without Walls program.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Cokie Roberts Captivates Kids at the Library of Congress | Pictures of the Week

Celebrating Women’s History Month, political commentator Cokie Roberts enthralled third graders while speaking about her children’s books, women, early American history, research, and writing.

Oh where, oh where has Tortilla gone? Join the Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon

Where is Catalina’s doggy, Tortilla? Our nation’s 21st U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera poses a question he would like children to answer, as creatively and as poetically as possible!  He and artist/illustrator Juana Medina invite your second and third grade kiddos to join a bilingual poetry party! This week, the Library of Congress debuted the […]

A blast from the recent past: When Carla Hayden met Scott Bonner

This week, following Carla Hayden’s (@LibnOfCongress) historic swearing in as our new Librarian of Congress, had me reminiscing about a special night just about a year ago. I thought it would be fun to revisit the intimate,  informal conversation we had on campus. Tough Times–Troubled Choices gathered together: Dr. Hayden, Scott Bonner, Library Director of the […]

New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets from LOC

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the first six Student Discovery Sets published by the Library of Congress. The collection, now at 15 titles, covers so many of the themes studied in our school programs. This week, three new sets launched: Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information Weather Forecasting The New Deal […]

Video Sunday: Great Scott!

Ack!  Too many good videos, too little time!  We’ve an embarrassment of riches today.  The only question really is where to start.  And the only natural answer is with Obama’s nominee for the Librarian of Congress.  Not much of a question there, really. Next up, there is beginning to be a bit of a tradition […]

Flatiron Press Goes YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Picture of the Week: Gene Luen Yang Inaugurated as National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Our most memorable shot of the week is of a trio of grinning ambassadors. It’s sure to make you smile, too.

Gene Luen Yang Is Next Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

The new 2016–2017 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Gene Luen Yang. He will be the youngest ambassador ever, as well as the first to come from a graphic literature background.

Children’s Book Creators and Librarians Flock to 2015 National Book Festival

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander were among the 170 authors at the National Book Festival held on September 5 at the District of Columbia’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

If the Library of Congress pins . . .

If the largest library in the world, with millions of books, photographs, maps and manuscripts pins, it makes a pretty serious case for a new type of curation for libraries, learning, and learners. The white gloves are off.  The Library of Congress is a pretty serious pinner. It’s an example of how social media can open […]