Monthly Archives: September 2013

Banned Websites Awareness Day

U.S. librarians are encouraged to participate in Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 25 On Wednesday, September 25, AASL (American Association of School Librarians) asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. Banned Websites Awareness Day raises awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries. For more information and resources, visit

Canadian children’s books award finalists


The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is pleased to announce the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards:

  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award  ($30,000)
  • Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse  ($30,000)
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award  ($20,000)
  • Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction  ($10,000)
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People  ($5,000)
  • John Spray Mystery Award  ($5,000)
  • Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy  ($5,000)

The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse – two invitation-only gala events in Toronto on October 22 and Montreal on October 29. Overall, $130,000 in prize monies will be awarded. The nominated books exemplify some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is proud to share these titles and the juries’ notes.

For the first time ever, TD is partnering with CBC Books to present the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award. Young readers will be asked to pick their favourite book from the shortlisted TD Award titles in an online poll starting on Monday, September 9. The book with the most votes will win, and one lucky entrant will win a trip to Toronto to present the award at the gala ceremony on October 22. The event will be hosted by Shelagh Rogers, host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio One.  Look for all the details regarding the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award and enter the contest starting Monday, September 9 at CBC Books (

Welcome to IFLA School Libraries Section new blog!

Welcome to the IFLA School Libraries Section blog! this blog replaces the newsletter so that the membership will have timely information. We will be sharing ideas about school libraries: programs, people, and issues. Please send your articles, news and other contributions to Editor Dr. Lesley Farmer at