5/23/13: Promote Libraries! Our twelfth video about the importance of libraries takes a more humorous and upbeat approach. This week's video was done by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Virginia.
5/16/13: Promote School Libraries. Here is the eleventh video we have found that explains the benefits of good school libraries and librarians. Spread the good word wherever you can! This week's video was done by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians.
5/15/13: Another webinar is being held on the Common Core State Standards, Serving the CCSS and Youth, on next Tuesday May 21 at 2 pm CST. The session will later be available in the archives of School Library Journal.
5/14/13: The 2013 Children's Choices from the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council are now available. This list is the result of 12,500 children from across the U.S. voting on their favorite books.
5/14/13: Sorry about our website being unavailable yesterday. Someone cut the fiber optic cable between here and Springfield so our primary access was out. Then our backup access, wireless through a rooftop dish, was unavailable due to a software glitch by the provider that day. Two unrelated problems by two totally unrelated companies on the very same day. We should have bought a lottery ticket yesterday! The wireless service is working today so we have at least some access, although it can take a while to fix those optic cables to get us to full strength.
5/13/13: The 2013 Cook Prize for a children's science, technology, engineering and math book has been announced by the Bank Street College of Education. The award ceremony will be on May 23 in New York City.
5/10/13: Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen is the winner of the 2013 Irma Black Award, given by the Bank Street School of Education but chosen by children. The award will be presented May 23 in New York City.
5/9/13: Promote School Libraries! Here is the tenth in our series of videos we are offering you to use to promote good school libraries and librarians to every parent, teacher, principal, or school board member you can get to sit still for them. This week's video was produced by some librarians in the Los Angeles School District.
5/8/13: The voting is over and the American Booksellers Association has announced their 2013 Indies Choice and E.B. White Award winners for the bookstores' favorite books of the year. The winners will be honored at BookExpo America on May 30.
5/7/13: The Children's Literature Association has announced the 2013 Phoenix Awards. These awards are for books published 20 years ago that did not win an award when they were published but have since proven to be lasting classics.
5/2/13: Promote School Libraries! Here is the ninth video we are making available so you can educate principals, teachers, parents and others about the importance of good school libraries and librarians. This week's video was produced by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Association for Media in Education.