What We've Bookmarked This Month: STEM and Holiday Programming, Post-Election Resources, and More!

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November was quite the month to say the least, what with the aftermath of the elections in the United States. I've found a lot of comfort, hope, and guidance from the response in library circles. Here's a roundup of the latest links, news, and library resources to recover and cope after the tumultuous political season.

Check out the winners of the National Book Awards. The November 16 awards ceremony came right on the heels of the election. However, Lisa Lucas, head of the National Book Foundation, offers a suggestion for starting to bridge a divided country. [via NPR's Morning Edition]

Talking to children about the election results has been a challenge for educators and parents alike. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created and shared the Unity. Kindness. Peace. Booklist as a helpful resource and opened up the discussion for further reading suggestions.

Post-election, many have taken to wearing safety pins to demonstrate safety and support for the vulnerable, following an earlier movement among Brexit protesters. Taking a page from the larger safety pin campaign, an outpouring of children's literature authors rallied together to show solidarity against bullying. BookRiot shares some of their favorite author images and words of heart. You may want a box of Kleenex handy.

The #LibrariesRespond hashtag captures a host of media documenting the artwork, displays, articles, and other responses from libraries post-election.

We may need librarians more than ever. NPR reports on a Stanford research study finding that students have trouble telling the difference between real and fake news. Librarians have a big role to play when it comes to educating kids (and adults) about information evaluation.

While there's a lot of uncertainty about the future, Library Journal's 2016 Placements and Salaries report provides some clues about what the library profession will look like in the coming year. Infonista shares career takeaways from the report, including the promising outlook for LIS skills in the job market.

Meanwhile, teacher librarian, Karen Hoppis, built a solution to cultivate a culture of reading at Coal Ridge Middle School. Her slideshow explains how she did it and how librarians can create similar efforts at their own libraries.

Looking for STEM programming ideas or Makerspace activities? Little Bins for Little Hands is chock-full of science and other STEM-related activities, ideas, and resources, plus enough Legos and slime for hours of creation. There's even an ongoing holiday activity list. Crystal candy canes, anyone?

If you're in need of an uplift, the New York Times has you covered with their story of a Bronx librarian bringing the joy of books to homeless children. Further proof that one person can and does make a difference.

About the Author

Megan Keane is a TechSoup for Libraries special contributor. She is a longtime nonprofit techie, community builder, and yoga instructor turned MLIS student. She currently studies at San Jose State University School of Information and works as a project consultant for the Veterans Connect @ the Library Project. Connect with her on Twitter: @penguinasana.

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