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SIRS Knowledge Source & SIRS Discoverer

Two exciting new databases for students now available at mrcpl.org which are targeted resources for student research. SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher

Brain-Based Teaching Practices

Katrina Schwartz has written an interesting article on how librarians can help with brain-based teaching practices. The article explains how the brain works and how educators can use the information to capture students attention and help them become engaged, active learners. This style of teaching asks teachers to step back into a more supportive role.

School Library Journal's Best of 2014

Find out the best of the best from School Library Journal. From raucous read-alouds to off-the-wall adventure, there is something for everyone on this list. Dig in and happy reading.

Letters About Literature

The Ohio Center for the Book at the Cleveland Public Library sponsors the Letters About Literature contest for Ohio students.

Digital Citizenship Educator Resources

Edudemic has pulled together resources for teachers to help teach internet safety. Digital citizenship is something that can equip students for a lifetime of safe, responsible Internet use.

Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award Winners

The Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Awards

Contests for Students

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence has two contests for students: An Art Contest for students in grades K-8 and an Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12.

Hunger Games Teacher Resources

Scholastic has teacher resources for using the Hunger Games trilogy in the classroom.

Teens' Top Ten

Teens voted and the results are now in! Check out the 2014 Teens' Top Ten Books

MIT Free Game Design Course

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is launching a new FREE online course Introduction to Game Design.

ABC Mouse

Educational games, activities and lesson plans for preschool, pre-k and kindergarten students.

The Pigeon Builds a Story Contest

LEGO Education is collaborating with award-winning author and Emmy winner Mo Willems to inspire children's excitement about reading and writing with a contest for elementary educators

Nonfiction Minute

Ink Think Tank has a new feature this fall called the Nonfiction Minute. It will help teachers choose what kind of nonfiction to use in the classroom.

Youth Media Awards Announced by ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults; including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.

20 Excellent Websites That Help Children Learn Smarter

Lifehack has created a list of web sites that are fun for kids, but also help them learn. From reading and spelling, to geography and cooking

Quick Tips from Booklist

Quick Tips for Schools and Libraries from Booklist highlights information of interest to educators. The current issue gives a sneak peak at Lasting Connections of 2013 l

Authors Who Skype

Would you like to have an author visit your classroom? Kate Messner has a list of authors who are willing to skype with classes and book clubs for free

Edutech for Teachers

This blog, created and maintained by Jamie Forshey, is dedicated to innovative teaching and learning through the use of technology and digital media.

Full-time Librarian Boosts Student Achievement

Having access to a full-time, certified school librarian means better outcomes for Pennsylvania's public school students. Study

Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs

Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs.

Ten Skills Every Student Should Learn

What students learn in school is at the forefront of the education reform debates taking place across the U.S. and elsewhere. What do educators and other school stakeholders think are the most important skills?