Literacy program expands in Rochester, N.Y. | Singer's initiative marks 1-million-book milestone | HGTV's "Property Brothers" redo school library
September 10, 2019
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Learners and Literacy
School uses social media to promote reading
School uses social media to promote reading
Teachers and administrators at an Arkansas elementary school read their favorite children's books in videos posted on social media in what are known as "Sunday Snuggle Stories." Teacher Melissa Spence, who helped start the series, says the videos help engage students in reading and encourage students and their parents to read together.
KARK-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) (9/9) 
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Literacy program expands in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y., is expanding a play-based early-literacy curriculum offered after school at the city's recreation centers. Officials say the ROC Kids Read program will serve about 200 students and help them get ready for state reading exams.
WROC-TV (Rochester, N.Y.) (9/3) 
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Singer's initiative marks 1-million-book milestone
Singer's initiative marks 1-million-book milestone
Parton (Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
More than 35,000 children in Washington, D.C., have received a total of a million books through the city library's "Books From Birth" program, launched in 2016 in partnership with singer Dolly Parton. The program, which sends a free book every month until each child reaches age 5, is part of Parton's Imagination Library effort to boost literacy.
WAMU-FM (Washington, D.C.) (9/3) 
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A Page-turning and Timely Debut
From #ownvoices debut author duo Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones comes a story Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give calls "a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact." Enter to Win!
Today's School Libraries
HGTV's "Property Brothers" redo school library
Jonathan and Drew Scott, stars of HGTV's "Property Brothers," recently unveiled their renovations of an elementary-school library -- part of a national contest. Drew said the duo "wanted to provide a library that was not only functional and comfortable -- with state-of-the-art technology and classroom resources -- but also engaging and inspiring for these students."
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (9/5) 
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District remodels 4 school libraries
A Texas school district recently completed renovations at four school libraries -- turning them into libraries and collaborative media centers. One school librarian, Susan Williams, says students say they are excited to come to the library after school to work on their homework.
The Brazosport Facts (Clute, Texas) (9/6) 
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Professional Leadership
Principal gives books as birthday gifts
An elementary-school principal in North Carolina gives students a book for their birthday to help engage with students and promote reading. He shared the idea on Facebook and has received hundreds of donated books to jump-start the effort.
Good Morning America (9/5) 
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Policy Update
Opinion: Every school should have a librarian
Library media specialist Gina Caneva reflects on working in Chicago Public Schools, where some schools lack libraries and where nurses and social workers move between sites, leaving students without dedicated support. Caneva is now at a school in the suburbs with three full-time social workers, a nurse and a librarian, and she asserts that all students should have access to these professionals when they need them.
Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (9/4) 
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FCC commissioner weighs in on E-rate
The federal E-rate program supports broadband internet in schools and libraries nationwide, asserts Jessica Rosenworcel of the Federal Communications Commission. However, a proposal being considered by the FCC could put the program in jeopardy, Rosenworcel writes in this commentary.
The Hill (9/3) 
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Delve into foundational school library topics with #AASL19 half-day workshops
Delve into foundational school library topics with #AASL19 half-day workshops
Take a deep dive into the National School Library Standards through focused explorations on leadership and the Inquire and Collaborate Shared Foundations. Register for a half-day preconference at #AASL19 to strengthen your evolution as the kind of reflective leader who spearheads library initiatives; examine how to activate collaboration with fellow educators and develop a collaborative mindset in learners; or discover how to create a culture of inquiry that integrates the school library with district curriculum. Participants will leave with individual action plans that are the impetus for positive school library outcomes. Half-day workshops will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13.
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For those who cannot commit the time for a half-day workshop, AASL also offers two-hour workshops on Thursday, Nov. 14. Explore practical topics and create plans that you can implement immediately to enhance learner engagement and collaboration with other educators. Use data to compare, evaluate, and improve your collection and showcase materials for curricular and learner needs; design lessons rooted in the AASL Standards that will boost collaboration with other educators; or learn how to turn your favorite picture book into compelling and reflective lessons for learners.
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