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Summer Reading and Back to School

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Summer Reading ending and Back to School planning!

It’s that time again! We’re winding down summer reading and gearing up for back to school time. I wanted to give you lots of updates, ideas and of course — all free! Enjoy!

All Things Comics

These were the buzziest panels at ComicCon At Home.

Michael B. Jordan is bringing Black Superman Val-Zod to HBO Max. (If anyone’s keeping track, this is separate from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ and JJ Abrams’ plans to bring a Black Superman to the big screen.)

Black Panther gets a new origin story with the launch of Black Panther Legends.

Mel Valentine Vargas is adapting Meg Medina’s YA novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass into a graphic novel.

Michaela Cole has joined the cast for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Leslie Grace is going to be the new Barbara Gordon in the upcoming Batgirl movie.

Plans are in the works to turn The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina into new comics.

The greatest seinen manga of the decade, according to Goodreads.

This Barbie comic is really, really weird.

Because You are You!

Great library displays and how effective they are.

Meet the Wind River Reservation Little Free Library.

Little Free Diverse Libraries: what they are and how you can help.

How to get into BookTok.

Forging more mindful connections to books.

How reading Lord of the Rings helped this reader cope with their OCD.

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: and

Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows author Justina Ireland explains why the Jedi are a little sexier

How to Sell Books on Etsy

Whether you want to start your own small business, or make a little extra income on the side, here are some tips on how to sell books on Etsy.

#TheNewLatinoBoom: The Rise of Literature Published in Spanish in the U.S.On the rise of the New Latino Boom, a growing trend of literature published in Spanish in the U.S. in the 21st century.
Ideas for Summer Reading Programs and Other Engaging Library Events
Ideas for Summer Reading Programs and Other Engaging Library Events
The goal of summer reading programs is to help bridge the socioeconomic gap among students of all ages. Unfortunately, it has been observed that the summer break is where the disparity often arises. Disadvantaged students do not have the same opportunities and resources available and are more inclined to fall behind compared to their peers. How do we close the learning gap?
Key Tips for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at Your Public Library: Infographic
Key Tips for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at Your Public Library: Infographic


The Best Homemade Playdough

Click HERE to check out Tropical Frida and get the free template.

Family time!

Let’s Get Ready for Back to School!

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“How can zoos be an educational tool for kids?”

30 Exciting Activities Families Should Try in August

15 Tasty (& Unconventional) S’mores Recipes

75 Big, Awesome Things to Do with the Kids This Summer

Just for YA!

Instagram Just Announced New Features to Majorly Upgrade Privacy For Teens

Read-alikes: The 2021 Printz Winners
By Ronny Khuri

For readers who can’t get enough of the 2021 Michael L. Printz winner and honorees, these read-alikes feature titles with similar themes, characters, or narrative styles.‌ read more→

How I Use Padlet for Teen Programs

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman is getting a series adaptation from Amazon.

We’re also getting a young adult edition of Obama’s Dreams From My Father this fall.

Here’s the latest trailer for Dune.

Everything You Need To Know About NubiaGet to know Nubia, the second Wonder Woman and badass Black woman superhero. Her time is now, and here’s why.
Everything You Need to Know About Harlequin MangaAre you a fan of romance manga? Did you know that Harlequin has a comics line? Learn all about Harlequin Manga here!
Yvonne Woon shows teen readers the dark side of Silicon Valley
The Ultimate Guide to Best Books for Teens by AgeLooking for the best books for teens? This handy guide to the best YA books for teens by age will get you and them reading.

Kid Stuff!

Floyd Cooper Has Died; Children’s Literature World in Mourning Again
No More New Episodes of ArthurChildren’s animated series Arthur will conclude with the 25th season, but episodes will continue to be available on PBS Kids.
Arthur is ending its 25-year run in 2022.

A Milne estate-sanctioned Winnie-the-Pooh prequel is on the way.

Peppa Pig Is Going on a Live Adventure Tour & You’re Invited

38 Silly Summer Jokes for Kids

Stacey Abrams is publishing her first children’s bookStacey’s Extraordinary Words, which will be out in late December.

Where’s Waldo? Printables and Activities
Where’s Waldo? Printables and Activities
Fend off boredom with these printables and activities featuring everyone’s favorite bespectacled wanderer and his wily friends.
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Creating a Graphic Nonfiction Collection for Kids
By Alec Chunn


6th Grade Author Helps Launch Pop-Up Library in Charlotte

Jade Watkins, the 11-year-old author of the book I AM ME, is helping to launch two pop-up library locations in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Thumbs Up Reading library initiative was established in memory of life-long Charlotte resident Clyde Albert Phifer, who was an avid reader. The initiative hopes to recognize the power of diversity in children’s literature and aims to give children and young adults access to over 1,000 books, specifically those living in historically Black and brown communities. The installation of the first Thumbs Up Reading’s pop-up library is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Steele Creek A.M.E. Zion Church, 1500 Shopton Road, Charlotte.

A new Little Free Library program will bring thousands of diverse books to Detroit neighborhoods.


Solar Oven S’Mores STEM

Fizzy Sidewalk (Driveway) Paint

Sandbox Volcano

Paper Towel Tie-Dye

Frozen Castles

FREE Scavenger Hunts

Pool Noodle Sculptures

Canine MetacognitionAre dogs aware of what they know? Scientists want to figure out if dogs actually know what they know, and you can help by recording how they respond to different sounds and other prompts. Best of all, you can reward your furry friend with treats!
Location: GlobalCheck out the project!
Scribes of the Cairo Geniza
Transcribe scrolls from ancient Egypt alongside scientists studying the daily lives of people thousands of years ago. Volunteers classify and decode Hebrew and Arabic writing online as they explore the Cairo Geniza.
Location: Online
Explore today!

Pore through cloud photographs citizen scientists took with the Globe Observer: Clouds project to classify the sky. Tell NASA scientists what kinds of clouds you see, where they are and what the sky looks like to help researchers understand the effect clouds are having on Earth’s climate.

Location: Online
Start gathering data!
Kitizen Science

Kitizen scientists report the cats they see in their neighborhood via a smartphone app and help organize data online to see how effective spay/neuter programs are around the country.

Location: United States
Get Meowtside!
Growing Beyond Earth

What will astronauts eat in space? Middle and high school students can help explore space agriculture in the classroom by growing test crops in a plant habitat identical to the one on the space station, reporting their findings back to NASA. Educators, there’s still time to get your students involved!

Location: United States
Learn more!

A new augmented-reality game great for teens asks you to find “creatures” from another dimension visiting US National Parks, and as you play, the game will suggest different citizen science projects you can participate in.

Location: United States
Join now!
Miss Louisiana Earth Challenge: Map Wetland Loss and Climate Impacts

Wetlands matter. They’re Louisiana’s first line of defense against hurricanes, but they’re being lost at an alarming rate. You can help from anywhere in the world by participating in the online Land Loss Lookout project and identifying types of wetland loss in the Gulf of Mexico.

Starting on August 1, you can participate in Land Loss Lookout as part of Miss Louisiana Earth’s and SciStarter’s special challenge, with new data focused on climate impacts. 

Credit: Eva Flis Photography
NASA GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge
Until August 25
NASA scientists need your photos of mosquito larvae and land cover to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Help them by submitting photos during this special challenge!Help NASA today!
Help Create an Inventory of Safe Drinking Water
August 4 & August 15
Live in the United States? Join two live, online events for an introduction to citizen science, to learn about water infrastructure in your community and to participate in the Crowd the Tap project live in partnership with SciStarter and the Kenosha Public Library.Take a first step for safe drinking water!
Explore other citizen science projects with our Project Finder!New blogs:As Ghost Forests Spread, Researchers Ask for Help Keeping Track via the SciStarter Blog
Lessons From Citizen Science During the Pandemicvia the SciStarter Blog
The Los Angeles Public Library: Make Every Walk a Nature Walk via the SciStarter Blog

And this is funny:

Everything is funnier with cats.

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