by Andrew Adkins, courtesy of The Roanoke Times

Six-year-old Rayjon Johnson is thrilled about Roanoke’s new “Books on Buses” initiative.  “I like it because I get to read books to everybody and I get to get on the bus,” he said.

As part of the Star City Reads program, Mayor David Bowers announced the launch of Books on Buses in front of a group of young children and day care teachers at the city’s Main Library on Monday.  The program is designed to encourage grade-level reading by providing free books for parents and children...


by Ed Karvoski, Jr., courtesy of Community Advocate

Sharon Lux, library director at Fay School for pre-kindergarten through grade nine, received the Ellen Berne Pathfinder Award at the Massachusetts School Library Association’s annual conference, held March 1 at the University of Massachusetts Conference Center in Amherst.

The award’s namesake, Berne, is considered a pioneer in the field of digital school librarianship in the late-1980s and ‘90s. Lux was honored for her efforts to bring an affordable and versatile e-book platform to Massachusetts school libraries. She’s pleased to have been recognized alongside her peers.  “It was wonderful to see the dedication among the professionals...


by Lisa M. Ward, N.B.C.T., Librarian, Granby High School; Librarian, Granby Evening School, and Deborah K. Marshall, Department Chair, Career & Technical Education, Granby High School (VA)

For the last few years, we have been hearing about MakerSpaces in libraries and community centers. Because the library is the center of our school, and one of our most important communities in collaboration is CTE, most notably because of our digital connections, March offered a perfect opportunity for collaboration. It was, after all, National Craft Month. And, April 12th - 18th was National Library Week with one focus being “Share what you’ve made @ your library.”  Combining digital and digital (hands on) opportunities to...


By Steve Zalusky

When Ciro Scardina, librarian at the John G. Whittier School in Staten Island New York,  arrived at P.S. 18 about four years ago, his leadership abilities were obvious to all.

As Donna Desantis, his nominator for Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, wrote, “He carries himself with confidence and he is authoritative without being overbearing or bossy.”

She said he pays particular attention to professional development, in a way that is relevant to his community, in which close to 100 percent of the students come from poverty – a challenge for the faculty, which is nearly all middle class.

She wrote, “To even up the playing field, Mr. Scardina this year introduced P...

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Hawkins, Scott (author).
June 2015. 400p. Crown, hardcover, $26 (9780553418606).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2015 (Booklist). Carolyn is a librarian whose father has gone missing; could he be dead? Well, maybe, but that would be strange, since he is nearly omniscient and, by all evidence, almost omnipotent. And Carolyn herself is no ordinary librarian: for one thing, she is the self-taught master of all languages, even that of storms! And she has the power to replace the sun (don’t ask). Clearly, there is something weird going on here, but something wonderfully weird. Hawkins’ first novel is an extravagant, beautifully imagined fantasy about a universe that is both familiar and unfamiliar....