February 9, 2016

ESSA—and Federal Support of School Libraries—Passes Senate

In the new education bill, the definition of “specialized instructional support personnel” is updated to include “school librarians.” That language “lays the groundwork for new attitudes in state and district leadership” regarding school library services, says library advocate Dorcas Hand.

ESEA Rewrite Passes in House; Senate Vote Expected Monday

If signed into law, the new education bill would be the first piece of federal legislation in over 50 years to provide school libraries with a dedicated revenue stream to enhance school library services and resources.

“Libraries Are Essential to a City” | SLJ Talks to Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Pictures of the Week: 3M’s Post-It ‘Partner for Pride’ Wall

Attendees of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference added their favorite diverse book suggestions to 3M’s heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes.

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

We Need Diverse Books and SLJ Release Booktalking Kit

The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Booktalking Kit is now available for download.

Sixth Grader to Interview President Obama About Reading on April 30

Maryland student Osman Yaya will talk to the president about his favorite books at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC on April 30 at 10:40 a.m. ET. The President will also discuss new initiatives to bring books to underprivileged children.

James Patterson Partners with Scholastic to Give Away $1.25M to School Libraries

James Patterson Partners with Scholastic to Give Away $1.25M to School Libraries

Best-selling author James Patterson announces that in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, he’s pledged to give away $1.25 million in grants to school libraries in 2015. Nominations open March 9.

The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open: So What Next?

The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open: So What Next?

Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.