October 1, 2016

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up

Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

 A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need

Partnering with Sprint, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is allowing students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home to check out portable hotspots.

Kobo Launches E-reader Integrated with OverDrive

Kobo on September 30 will launch the Aura ONE, a dedicated e-reader that promises seamless searching and one-click downloading of library ebooks via OverDrive. Using a review unit provided by Kobo and a personal New York Public Library (NYPL) account, LJ explored the process.

Hosting Tech Camps | The Digital Shift

As community centers, libraries are always looking for new ways to offer educational programming. Some libraries have been fortunate enough to incorporate complete Maker spaces in their buildings, but for those that don’t have the funding or space, all is not lost. Using existing areas and the help of community members, libraries can easily host tech camps (coding, robotics, and more) for patrons.

Boum! | Touch and Go

SLJ‘s reviewer describes this app as “…a seamless narrative experience…rich with interpretive possibility.”

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go

A beautifully designed app that introduces children to the dreamlike works of the 20th-century master.

A Censorship Simulator and Lesson | “Westport Independent”

For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

 Streamline Student Research With Wolfram|Alpha Add-Ons

The recent release of two add-ons for Google Drive brings the power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational search engine directly into Google Docs and Google Sheets.