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‘A quiet problem’: Many NYC schools lack librarians

After New York City’s public libraries last week averted deep cuts that would have significantly reduced hours, some parents and educators are raising alarm about the state of libraries in the city’s public schools. The nation’s largest school system, with 1,600 schools, has roughly 260 certified school librarians, education department officials said.

While ‘Diverse’ Books Remain Under Siege, a New Collection for Kids Celebrates Latino Stories

The new Rising Voices series, while differing somewhat depending on grade level, contains books created by Latino authors and illustrators. Maria Armstrong, executive director of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, says that book publisher Scholastic pitched her on the idea for Rising Voices and invited her to be a mentor for the project’s development.

Woodstock kindergarten teacher is ‘just pure joy’

Janet Moritz teaches the sounds of letters, the value of numbers and how to recognize shapes and colors in her dual-language kindergarten class at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center in Woodstock School District 200. But it’s the way she runs her classroom that makes her stand out, parents, staff, students and administrators have said.

A Conversation with Meg Medina

In this episode, we speak with Meg Medina, a Newbery Award-winning author  and the current Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.