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Junot Díaz on How a School Library Changed His Life

Junot Díaz, National Book Award finalist for This Is How You Lose Her and Pulitzer Prize-winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, appeared recently on Moyers & Company and

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Students Post 2012 News Know-how Projects

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News Know-how

First-year projects completed in the News Know-how initiative that helped young people distinguish between fact and opinion in news accounts in print and online during the 2012 presidential election have been posted at www.newsknowhow.org/projects.

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PEW: How Parents Monitor Their Teen's Digital Footprint

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Teens and Facebook

According to a recent survey, "Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy," from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others. Some parents are taking steps to observe, discuss and check up on their children’s digital footprints.

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The Mystery of the Missing E-books

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Internet activist and blogger Art Blodsky posted a timely entry about the value of libraries, and why it is important for  publishers to make all e-books available to libraries.
 

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New study about public libraries reveals that demand for technology is on the rise, but budget cuts limit access

A just released national report reveals that libraries are playing an increased role as technology centers for communities throughout  the United States. Libraries provide essential resources for job-seekers and support for critical e-government services. But there is some bad news. Despite increased demand, budget cuts have forced libraries to scale back drastically on operating hours and access to services.

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Out in Chicago Honors Gay, Lesbian Pride Month

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Harvey Milk

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month is celebrated each year during  the month of June. The last Sunday in June is designated  as Gay Pride Day. On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month".In 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S.

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School librarians help student performance - so why are so many being threatened with job loss?

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Protest directed at Los Angeles Unified School District
 
'Studies show that students in schools with strong school library programs learn more, get better grades and score higher on standardized tests.'

 So why is the Los Angeles Unified School District considering ‘defunding’ school librarian positions?
 
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"Let’s Choose to be a More Literate Society": Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan, a long-time advocate on behalf of school libraries, has written more than thirty books for young people. She recently wrote an opinion piece on    the value of school libraries for Sign On San Diego, the website of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Raising Funds to Rebuild Haiti Libraries

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Deborah Lazar , a school librarian from the north suburbs of Chicago, is on a personal mission to raise funds for Haiti. She hopes her efforts will  build new libraries and restore old ones.

"One question people ask me, especially when they've seen pictures (of the country post-earthquake) is if the basic needs are so great, why do you focus on libraries," Lazar told the Winnetka Patch.

State of America’s Libraries Report 2011: E-book Controversy

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The State of America's Libraries Report 2011

In early March, HarperCollins, publisher of authors such as Anne Rice, Sarah Palin and Michael Crichton, announced that it will not allow any one copy of its e-books to be checked out from a library more than 26 times. After that, the license on the e-book will expire and libraries will have to decide whether to buy a new one, raising the possibility that e-books that are not repurchased would be available at the library for only about a year.

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