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Full-Time School Librarians Improve Test Scores

Colorado’s RSL Research Group recently discovered that having a fully-staffed school library dramatically improved test scores in Pennsylvania schools. Despite these findings, only 43 certified librarians are currently working in the city’s 249 public schools.

According to the study, kids from third grade to eleventh grade had significantly higher scores on both reading and writing portions of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests. Among high school students with a full-time and certified librarian, the number of “Advanced” scores on the writing tests were almost twice as high. Overall, students with a full time and certified librarian were “three times as likely” to earn advanced scores on the test. Check it out:

Students who have access to a full-time, certified librarian scored higher on the PSSA Reading Test than those students who do not have such access. This finding is true for all students, regardless of their socio-economic, racial/ethnic, and/or disability status. For several student groups that tend to experience achievement gaps—economically disadvantaged, Hispanic, Black, and those with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs)—Reading and Writing results are markedly better when those students attend a school with a librarian and library support staff, according to the research. In fact, they benefit more proportionally than the general student population. (Link via)

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Starbucks Builds a Library-Themed Pop-Up Store in Tokyo

In Tokyo, the design firm nendo created the Starbucks Espresso Journey pop-up store to help the coffee chain promote its espresso drinks–a coffee shop that looks like a library.

The library shelves featured nine books, each book sharing information about a different espresso drink. Patrons are encouraged to browse this coffee library until they find the drink they would like to order. Here’s more from the designers:

At the counter, visitors can trade the book for an actual espresso drink, but retain the book cover which tells them about the drink they have chosen, to use as a book cover, as they like. The reverse side of the book cover has been punched into a tall or short size tumbler insert, which can be used in a Starbucks Create Your Own Tumbler. The ‘library’ invites visitors to choose an espresso drink as they would a book, and verse themselves in espresso drinks as though quietly entering into a fictional world. Books and coffee are both important parts of everyday life, so we created a link between favorite books and favorite coffees. (Link via Book Patrol)

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Hunger Games Flowchart Helps You Find Your Next Book

If you loved reading The Hunger Games, then the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has compiled a massive flowchart to help you find the next book you should read.

The chart explores genre, plot elements and themes, helping you pinpoint what you liked most about the book. We’ve embedded the first part of the chart above, but follow this link to explore the complete five-panel infographic.

Here’s more from the library: “If you’re interested in learning about the history of the dystopian genre, check out this infographic from Goodreads which charts the popularity and major milestones of dystopian fiction. Not sure what makes a book “dystopian”? Check out this helpful chart from E M Bowman that isolates that traits of dystopian fiction. Feel free to share or print a copy for your library or classroom use. You can download the hunger games read alikes pdf here.”

Dianna Love Hosts My Feenix Art Contest

Fans of the book Bloody Trinity (co-written with Sherrilyn Kenyon) have frequently asked author Dianna Love, “what does Feenix the gargoyle look like?” Love has given adult and high school students a chance to decide in her My Feenix art contest with $10,000 in prizes.

Contestants can create flat art, digital art, or 3D art. Artists must submit their piece by July 9th–the winner will be announced at a live event at an Atlanta-based art gallery. First-place for the adult winner includes $1,000 in prize money and a Belador package with a limited issue backpack, a limited issue t-shirt, signed copies of Blood TrinityAlterantBreak Into Fiction, and Thinking Write. The adult winner will also get to choose a library to receive copies of Love’s books.

First-place for the student winner includes a 16gb iPad, a $50 Gift Card, and a Belador package. The student’s school art department will receive $500 and the student’s school library will receive copies of Love’s books.