April 15, 2014

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

Bigger on the Inside: Brookline (MA) Public Library’s TARDIS “Awesome Box”

Bigger on the Inside: Brookline (MA) Public Library’s TARDIS “Awesome Box”

Patrons at the Public Library of Brookline (MA) have an engaging new way to learn about the most recommended items in circulation, thanks to teen librarian Robin Brenner: An “Awesome Box” in the shape of a half-size TARDIS, Doctor Who’s sentient spaceship.

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it is awarding $4,329,567 in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities in order to support the emerging role of these institutions in providing early learning opportunities, especially for low-income families.

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website

Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website, makeitatyourlibrary.org, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects. Make It @ Your Library—an initiative developed through the ILEAD USA program over the past year—aims to help librarians realize maker projects in their own communities at low cost.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he would expand the Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) YOUmedia digital skills program by $500,000 in order to serve 25 percent more teens in 2014. The program teaches web design, digital media production, and programming. The announcement comes just a week after the online expansion of CPL’s homework help program.

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program

The Helen Gurley Brown Trust has given $15 million to the New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, a new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success in life.

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

The Education Library Networks Coalition—which includes the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education—is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding for E-rate, according to EdLiNC’s co-chair Jon Bernstein. The coalition also asks that the E-rate program offer more “scalable” goals for local entities, with limited national mandates.

ALA Urges FCC to Accelerate E-Rate Goals

ALA Urges FTC to Accelerate E-Rate Goals

The American Library Association on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission to accelerate the goals of E-rate, the program that provides discounted Internet access and telecommunications services to U.S. schools and libraries. ALA’s statement specifically calls for faster deployment of high-capacity broadband and new strategic investments in infrastructure, as well as program changes to save costs and streamline the process so that more schools and libraries can participate in the program.

SLJ/LJ Resources for September 11

SLJ/LJ Resources for September 11

September 11 marks a difficult anniversary. To help children’s and young adult librarians navigate the challenging teachable moments that the day might raise and to guide those librarians working in universities and public libraries to address the potential research needs of their patrons, our editors have compiled these resources.

Round Rock Library (TX) Gets $49.5K Grant to Create After-School Maker Program

Round Rock Library (TX) Gets $49.5K Grant to Create After-School Maker Program

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has awarded the Round Rock Public Library System a grant of $49,500 to build Innovation Station, an after-school maker space and program that aims to engage middle schoolers in project-based science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art and design activities. The grant is part of a total $1.6 million in awards that TSLAC is distributing in fiscal 2014 to Texas library programs.