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The Big Plot Twist That Doomed San Diego’s School Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:36

San Diego’s school libraries will be open at least one day a week next school year. That’s actually the good news.

Some schools’ libraries have been closed for years. Even worse: Many of the libraries sitting empty are gleaming new facilities filled with comfy sofas, rows of computers and shelved full of books.

http://voiceofsandiego.org/2014/03/27/the-big-plot-twist-that-doomed-sa…

Budget cuts leave about half of L.A. Unified's elementary and middle schools without librarians

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:50

Budget cuts leave about half of L.A. Unified's elementary and middle schools without librarians

The crisis has exacerbated educational inequalities across the nation's second-largest system, as some campuses receive extra money for library staff and others don't. It has also sparked a prolonged labor conflict with the California School Employees Assn., which represents library aides.

A Happy Schoolroom Story

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:43

Via Twitter: Cecelia Larsen @celialarsen "in which a classroom library is destroyed by flood, and book bloggers help save the day": #books

Read all about how volunteers helped restore a flooded classroom with new books at Cecilia Bedelia's Blogspot. Nice to hear about people adding books to school libraries (instead of removing them).

Check out this partial list of titles donated to Ms. Larsen's 9th Grade English classroom (Ms. Larsen is the author's sister):

School Librarians Belong in NYC Schools

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 08/26/2013 - 12:59

The New York City Department of Education, one of the largest educational organizations in the world, has effectively given up on librarians. As DOE officials call for a variance to state law which requires the presence of a school librarian in every middle and high school in the state they have passing up on a key, high performing, cost effective, tool for student success.

Wall to separate west Windsor library from school due to security risks

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 08:33

A wall will be built to permanently divide Windsor’s west end library due to the security concerns of its neighbouring elementary school.

The Windsor Public Library board accepted the public school board’s decision on Tuesday.

“This is not the ideal solution, but we understand that safety is a primary concern for parents and the school board,” said Chris Woodrow, the library’s acting CEO.

How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 18:20

Chances are you have had contact with Scholastic Publishing at some point in your life: You might have read their magazines in school, or bought a book at one of their book fairs, or perhaps you've read Harry Potter or The Hunger Games? From its humble beginning as publisher of a magazine for high schoolers, Scholastic has become a $2 billion business and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.

Full piece on NPR

High School Library Trashed

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 22:02

With the majority of a high school library’s irreplaceable book collection documenting African-American history lost, the ire of the community grows.

Highland Park residents will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the city’s Nandi’s Knowledge Café on Woodward Avenue to discuss the loss and what, if anything, can be done.

ABC Harder Than 123

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 10:47

From the New York Times:

David Javsicas, a popular seventh-grade reading teacher known for urging students to act out dialogue in the books they read in class, sometimes feels wistful for the days when he taught math.

A quiz, he recalls, could quickly determine which concepts students had not yet learned. Then, “you teach the kids how to do it, and within a week or two you can usually fix it,” he said.