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The Adventures of Library Girl

The Adventures of Library Girl
Last week I had the opportunity to attend and present at the Alaskan Library Association Conference (#AKLA) in Anchorage. As a North Carolinian who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was therefore forced to read at least one Jack London short story or novel every single year that I was in public school, (which is the reason why I know a) the exact temperature at which spit freezes and b) that if you're planning to eat your dog to survive in the arctic tundra, you'd better come up with a plan B because your dog will know), I was SOOO excited to visit Alaska. Something about all of those tales of dogsleds and wilderness must have sunk into my DNA as I couldn't wait to leave the lower 48 and plant my feet in snow covered Alaskan snow. In short, I had high expectations for this trip. And let me tell you, they were met!

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YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens? Illustrations by Marcos Chin. It’s not a genre. It’s not a format. It’s not even an age group. The term YA (young adult) is an industry buzzword and popular culture phenomenon, but most of all, it’s a category of books that speaks across genres to the teen experience. While much has been written around its appropriateness for adolescents and its appropriation by adult fans, YA continues to generate big bucks for authors and publishers.

Helping students choose books for reading pleasure It's only in a library that all children of all backgrounds can freely explore the huge range of books and where they have the freedom to find their own tastes and discover literature at their own pace. — Ursula Dubosarsky, SCIS Connections, May 2014 The school library can do a lot to scaffold students as they look for their just right books. Along with an inclusive, appealing, current and wide ranging collection, you also need: Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!) Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List! I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site. I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer free 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books. As an author, I offer Skype chats for all of my titles – check out the “Books” tab above for a list! If you’re interested in booking a “virtual visit” with me, please visit my author-Skype page for current availability and directions for requesting a visit!

Top 100 Education Blogs for Educators and Teachers - Education Blog Top 100 Education blogs The Best Education blogs from thousands of top Education blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. If your blog is selected in this list, you have the honour of displaying this Badge (Award) on your blog. Submit Your Blog reviews of fiction of interest to LGBTQ teens James Klise, April 2014. Sophomore tennis player Saba Khan is devastated when a fire destroys her family’s West Rogers Park apartment. Saba goes to private school, and the other students and their families rally around her, offering their help to get her back on her feet. The school decides to hold an auction to benefit the Khan family, and in the process, siblings Kevin and Kendra Spoon find artwork in an alley.

Librarian Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Banned Books Pinterest Board SLJ’s Banned Books Week Pinterest board, curated by guest pinner Molly Wetta. Looking for inspiration in advance of Banned Books Week (BBW), from September 27–October 3? Look no further than School Library Journal’s BBW Pinterest page. Blogger and collection development librarian at the Lawrence Public Library, KS, Molly Wetta has curated SLJ’s board showcasing the annual celebration of censored books and the freedom to read, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), National Coalition Against Censorship, Freedom to Read Foundation, among others.

Sunday Reflections: YA Literature Too Dark! Why Don’t We Ask the Teens? It’s another day ending in the letter Y, which means yet another article is being written by an adult regarding the darkness of YA literature. Years ago, when there was a large number of these articles, I wrote a post here called “Dear Media, Why Don’t You Let Me Help You Write That Article on YA Literature.” I stand by a lot of that post, but I would add in one very important caveat: Why don’t we ask teens themselves? I’ve written here a lot about how I feel that adults are increasingly taking over a part of the YA market, and I stand by that assertion as well. Don’t get me wrong, I think there is a big difference between YA publishing, the online YA community, and YA librarians.

Standards for School Library Resource Collections A PDF Copy of the Following Information is available at the link provided. Standards for School Library Resource Collections, 2016 All schools regardless of enrollment or grades served should use these core collection standards for evaluating the library resource collection. The results of the evaluation should be used for long-range planning to establish goals for collection development. Top School Library Blogs One look at the titles of blogs narrated by school librarians reveals the evolution of a profession within an institution that is at a pivotal point. Charged with the vital duty of promoting digital literacy, today’s librarians are daring, unquiet, sassy and definitely e-literate. This list features the top school library blogs ordered by website popularity metrics and social media engagement including the number of websites that link to a blog and number of followers on Twitter. We commend these school librarians for taking the time to share their ideas, experiences, and advice with the school library community.

YALSA Book and Media Awards and Lists for Libraries *YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. Awards & Seals | Selected Lists I Teen Book Finder app & database I Committee Contacts | Additional Resources While these books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists 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.

7 Brain Books for Teachers Let's take a moment and pay silent, spirited homage to the greatest thing we own: the human brain. For a grey gelatin-like mush weighing only three pounds, our brain ensures education exists (and human life for that matter). Unfortunately, understanding this living lump of lipids isn't easy, especially for teachers who often feel locked out of the “Ol' Boy Scientists Club” of brain research. Thankfully, there are writers, scientists, and educators who are bridging the gap between research and application, making neuroscience more understandable than ever. For those looking to take your brain game to the next level, here's a short list of school year book studies (new and old) to make your synapses smile. 1.

Jennifer LaGarde uses this blog to share her thoughts and ideas about school libraries and student learning to help librarians do their best work. by katherineking2 Mar 19

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