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Book Lists. Book Lists. Finding Free Books for Kids and for the Classroom - Read Across America. Need help finding books to put into the hands of readers?

Finding Free Books for Kids and for the Classroom - Read Across America

Check out these resources and bring print and online books to qualifying schools and students. Free or low-cost books First Book First Book is a non-profit that provides new books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18. The benefits of registering with First Book include free books from the First Book National Book Bank, low-cost books and resources from the First Book Marketplace at 50-90 percent off retail price, and potential funding from First Book’s corporate partners and generous donors. WNDB in the Classroom To help children find stories and authors that they can relate to, We Need Diverse Books’ program WNDB in the Classroom provides free diverse books to schools serving low-income students around the country.

Better World Books Literacy Empowerment Foundation. Tools, Publications & Resources. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom provides confidential support during censorship challenges to library materials, services, and programs.

Tools, Publications & Resources

Anyone can report censorship, even if they do not require assistance. Report censorship by filling out this online form, or contacting OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll at 800-545-2433, ext. 4221, or via email: As stated in Article III of the Library Bill of Rights, “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.

A banning is the removal of those materials. Personal Support during a Reconsideration Process When should you contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom for help? Anytime. Contemporary Picture Books about Children and Families of Color & Disabilities. School Library Journal. The Brown Bookshelf. Common Sense Media: Best Books for Kids. Lee & Low: Trauma-Informed Collection. Book Lists. Library Journal. Weeding without Worry. Library weeding gets a bad reputation, thanks in part to weeding horror stories. In 2013, Highland Park (Mich.) High School was accused of throwing out a large collection of history materials, including some rare items, which had been cultivated over a 50-year period.

That same year, the Urbana (Ill.) Free Library discarded nearly 10,000 items, apparently just based on age, rather than condition or use. The discarding was done at the director’s command—while the head of adult services was on vacation. What usually happens is that a disgruntled (sometimes justifiably so) staff member sets off the alarm to the public about what’s happening behind closed stacks. It pains me to read about these situations for a number of reasons.

Weeding - NYC School Librarian Guidebook. Weeding/De-selection Guidelines Weeding is an essential component of any collection development plan in order to maintain a collection that meets the needs of students and the curriculum. The weeding guidelines should include reasons for weeding and criteria for de-selection. The following points may be used as the foundation for weeding guidelines: Just Weed It! from The Library Girl. Collection Maintenance and Weeding. Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries Regardless of the type of institution, collection maintenance and weeding are important components of a library’s collection management system and are often related to the goals and mission of the organization.

Collection Maintenance and Weeding

Regardless of format, an optimal library collection is one that is reviewed on a consistent basis for accuracy, currency, usage, diversity, and subject area gaps. When evaluating print or another tangible medium, collection maintenance usually involves the continual care of the materials, including accurate and efficient shelving (and re-shelving), shelf-reading, shifting, and cleaning. Collection Weeding as Dendrochronology: Rethinking Practices and Exposing a Library’s Sponsors of Literacy. The Impetus to Weed our Print Collection Since early September 2013, my colleague Jennifer Lund and I have been working on a large-scale and aggressive weeding project for our entire collection.

Collection Weeding as Dendrochronology: Rethinking Practices and Exposing a Library’s Sponsors of Literacy

This initiative was driven by two factors: 1. We recognized our collection was dated in many areas, and we also knew other areas were in demand and might need to updated, replaced, and/or expanded. We also have been working with faculty and students to foster a greater inclusion of reading choice for students and to support a pilot of dedicated independent reading time in classes, so having a vibrant collection with titles of interest to teens is even more important. 2. The Crew Method. Book Finder. This database provides access to all of YALSA's annual selected book and media lists, awards, and honorees.

Book Finder

These resources are developed by library staff and educators to support the collection development and readers' advisory work of library staff. These books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, and span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.

Recently Added: Diverse titles as recommended by ALA! How titles are selected All the recommended reading in the Teen Book Finder Database and app is selected by YALSA committees. Prebound Books for Libraries and Schools — Perma-Bound Books. Follett School Solutions, Inc. LC Catalog.