November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

The Next Level: Student-Designed Games

When kids design games, it can strengthen academic concepts—and build new skills.

The Vietnam War | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmakers Burns and Novick invested 10 years in making this documentary series, which clocks in at over 18 hours, including extras.

The Next Level: Student-Designed Games

When kids design games, it can strengthen academic concepts—and build new skills.

7 Dazzling Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

From Middle Eastern–set epic fantasy to gritty memoir to thought-provoking speculative fiction, these seven unforgettable works from first-time authors are sure to enthrall.


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The Next Level: Student-Designed Games

When kids design games, it can strengthen academic concepts—and build new skills.

7 Dazzling Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

From Middle Eastern–set epic fantasy to gritty memoir to thought-provoking speculative fiction, these seven unforgettable works from first-time authors are sure to enthrall.

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

Cheap Thrills: Maker Projects that Won’t Break Your Budget

Activities that involve cardboard, straws, and T-shirts can deliver a big burst of STEAM, while costing very little.

Robin Benway Wins 2017 National Book Award

Benway took home the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her YA novel “Far From the Tree.”

Chalkboard Controversy: Naughty Graffiti and Social Media Safety in a Middle School Library Space

A chalkboard wall in a newly designed public library space for middle schoolers brought fun opportunities—and some unexpected challenges.

Get Clued In: Chapter Book Mysteries & Lesson Plan Tie-Ins

Five chapter book mystery series with activities and lesson plan ideas.

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Everyone’s Problem: Libraries Confront the Opioid Crisis

Librarians are fighting the opioid crisis with information and social emotional learning strategies.

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Webcasts

Take the Plunge: STREAM

Add an “R,” Reading, to STEAM and ramp up student learning. In this free session, you’ll glean insight from STREAM practitioners and tips on integrating science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math.
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Meet Education Hurdles Head On: Tips and Tools for Success!

Helping teachers access a wide range of quality content for classroom assignments and lesson plans can be overwhelming. Attend this live webinar to hear from a Teacher Librarian who has met this challenge head-on and is successfully connecting her users to valuable digital resources.
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Bringing Coding to the Library Makerspace

In this timely webinar, you’ll learn about best practices for introducing coding to your library makerspace and how you can support coding initiatives in your school or district. You’ll also learn how tools like littleBits can give students the foundations in engineering and coding that will be useful no matter what changes lie around the corner.
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Pictures of the Week

Hanging out with Frank Lloyd Wright, Mary Wong, and Jack Gantos #AASL17

An #AASL pre-conference tour offered an opportunity to visit a National Historic Landmark and an extraordinary collection of children’s book art.

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