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Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no “compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy” or other great books. Actually, there is such evidence. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 2006 and 2009 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. (MORE: Oprah as Harvard’s Commencement Speaker Is an Endorsement of Phony Science)

Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients Author Award Winner Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement. School library blog value As a former librarian in a small independent school with a newly established library, one of my more time-consuming tasks was promoting the library to staff and students. Actually, I spent most of my time promoting the library to the staff. The kids knew about the library - it was the place that had all the computers, and the comfy chairs.

Library_Data Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Get it on the web or iPad! Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I'm going to tell you that libraries are important.

Welcome to the Newbery Medal Home Page! Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division. Inspired by an 1828 estate appraisement, Ashley Bryan honors the lives of eleven slaves in poetry and collage. Conveying the terror of the patterroller and the hope of voices raised in song, Bryan imagines for each person a life of oppression and a dream for freedom. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

What does a school library look like in the digital age? The concept of a school library in a digital age is challenging. With the capacity to download books onto a range of digital devices there is every possibility the library could look superfluous to youngsters growing up today. Why would you want to visit a room which is essentially about storage and distribution? Technology An amazing way to get your tweens and teens to know the “unfamiliar” bits of your library is to do self-directed scavenger hunts. You know that your “kids” tend to congregate to one particular area- whether it’s your teen space, a place with the most comfortable chairs or a low table for card gaming, or the place furthest away from the supervising eyes of the non-teen people at the desk. And while they’ll know where to find the YA books, MAD Magazine and Alternative Press, and manga, do they know where to find non-fiction books for reports? Or how to operate one of the databases?

Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A study released Tuesday by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians shows that the more emphasis is put on school libraries--and the learning that takes place there--the better scores students receive on standardized tests. University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Karen Gavigan outlined the studies five areas of importance at a press conference Tuesday morning. "The presence of librarians and library support staff, instructional collaboration between librarians and teachers, traditional and digital collections, library expenditures, and access to computers," she explained.

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. Tips to Start a New School Year The new school year is fast approaching and it's time to get back into the regular routine. Beginning a new school year can be refreshing and exciting. It's good to enter with a plan and some forethought. Here are a few tips from veteran librarians. Start browsing through your PLN, think about your blog, make modifications to your library website (nobody likes those 2 year old reading lists), look into participating in some Twitter chats (join #TXLchat on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. CST starting back 9/10), update your accounts and at least make sure you have the correct logins.

AudioSynced In conjunction with Abby (the) Librarian, STACKED hosts a monthly meme to celebrate all things audiobook. On the first of each month, we rotate the blogger round up of audiobook news, reviews, and more shared in the blogosphere in the last month. We host on odd-numbered months. To participate, share a link to your audiobook reviews, news, or features from the previous month (so, for June 1st, share anything posted between May 1 and June 1). You can email them to stacked.books@gmail.com or by posting them right here. We will collect, organize, and post them for all to share. 20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries Books are all about being smart. Ads for books are difficult to create – they have to be smart, too. On the other hand, ad agencies find books, bookshops, and libraries a very promising subject in terms of creative potential. Most of the ads in this list are spoofs, there is no doubt about it. I can’t imagine that a small bookstore could afford an expensive photo shoot, not mentioning placing a two-page ad in color magazines (most of the ads look like double-spreads). Ad agencies make these ads for their creative portfolios, to raise their creative reputation among clients and on advertising festivals.

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