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Libraries Matter

AASL offers some great free graphics on the theme School Libraries Transform Learning
SC Study Shows Links Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores (emailed by Lois)
Scholatic's 2016 School Libraries Work : a compendium of research showing the effectiveness of school libraries
Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations by Doug Johnson
Idea Exchange: How do you connect students to books and motivate students to read?

Selecting the Best

Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: A free e-newsletter for teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone looking for good new books for children and teenagers. Each issue is written and published by Horn Book editors. When you sign up for monthly Notes from the Horn Book, you’ll also receive Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book (6 times per year), The Horn Book Herald, our What Makes a Good…? newsletter, and Talks with Roger. Subscribe for free
Horn Book Fanfare lists their top picks for 2015.
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2015
Bookends blogger Lynn's Favorite Children's and YA Books of 2015
See Publisher Weekly's picks for 2015's best picture books , the best middle grade books and best young adult books

Resources

From Lois: Multnomah County Library's Battle of the Books page
Cornell Ornithology Lab's Wall of Birds
New Google search features related to presidential campaigns
5 Settings to Know for School or Classroom Facebook Pages
National Geographic's YouTube channel has a playlist called #bestjobeverfeaturing jobs in the outdoors


Reflecting on the Year

Managing the One-Person Library (infographic): interesting skills checklist
Joyce Valenza's "Belated Confession" talks about the importance of Focus