Original video content from School Library Journal’s editors, bloggers, and partners.

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Designing My Harry Potter Escape Room: Best Practices

Luisa Munoz, head of teen services at the Merrick (NY) Library, shares vital tips and lessons learned while building her popular Potter-themed room

Editor's Choice

Behind the Read Woke Movement

What is Read Woke? School librarian Cicely Lewis and students at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, explore the idea that led to a reading revolution at their school—and internationally.

Craft Hacks: Layered Slime Jars

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about creating layered slime jars from Karissa Fast, children's and teen librarian at Fort Erie Public Library in Ontario, Canada.

Janet Damon & Julia Torres talk The Hate U Give | Banned Books Week

Damon, library support specialist at Denver Public Schools (DPS), and Torres, teacher librarian at DPS’s Montbello Campus, on Angie Thomas’s blockbuster.

Matthew Winner Talks Picture Books | Banned Books Week 2018

Winner, an LJ Mover & Shaker and elementary school librarian at Swansfield Elementary in Columbia, MD, embraces these challenged picture books with LGBTQ themes.

K.C. Boyd Talks Street Lit | Banned Books Week 2018

Boyd, an LJ Mover & Shaker and library media specialist at DC Public Schools, speaks to the connection between banned books and street lit.


Angie Thomas Keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2018

The author of The Hate U Give delivered a keynote at SLJ's annual event. Her next novel, On the Come Up, will be published by Balzer + Bray in 2019.

John Green Keynote | SLJ Summit 2017

Author John Green opened School Library Journal‘s 2017 Leadership Summit in Nashville, TN, with an emotional keynote on October 7, just prior to the release of his novel Turtles All the Way Down (Penguin Random House).

''Good Trouble''

Congressman John Lewis at the SLJ Summit.

Teens Tackle Race, Aided by a Graphic Novel

Move over, John Green. This group of teens from Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, stole the show at SLJ’s Summit in Nashville, TN.

Books & Reviews

Banned Books Week 2018, UK Teen Edition

Students at Glenthorne High School in Sutton, UK, booktalk their favorite challenged titles

SLJ Best Books 2017 Reveal

School Library Journal editors reveal the best of everything in 2017, from books for kids, tweens, teens, and young adults to adult books for teens, graphic novels, audiobooks, DVDs, apps, and music.

The Decisive Moment

Betsy Bird and Lori Prince watching the livestream of the announcement of the American Library Association's 2015 Youth Media Awards.

30-Second Booktalks

Budding entomologists and gardening enthusiasts alike will discover fascinating facts and how-to project inspiration in DK’s The Bee Book.


Funny Girls: Betsy Bird and Erica Perl

Librarian and blogger Betsy Bird chats with author Erica Perl about her new book All Three Stooges (Knopf).

Marie Lu Talks Video Games, Sci-Fi, and #OwnVoices

The New York Times best-selling author of Legend shares her favorite sci-fi reads and talks about her latest, Warcross. For more great videos, visit

Five Questions for Daniel Jose Older

SLJ reviews manager Shelley Diaz interviews Daniel Jose Older.

From the Community

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

This anthology by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale was named a finalist for the 2018 YALSA Nonfiction Award.

Sharp Words for Accelerated Reader

Teacher Colby Sharp is not a fan of AR. His impassioned rant.

''The Breadwinner''

The trailer of a full-length animated film based on Deborah Ellis’s novel The Breadwinner.


Kristina Holzweiss’s Back-to-School Plans

Starting in a new position at Syosset (NY) High School, SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year is focusing on assistive technology and equity.

Get Started with Google Custom Search

Keep young researchers focused on worthy sites using a Google Custom Search. A tutorial by Joyce Valenza.

Circuitry Project

A brief tutorial using Chibitronics by school librarian Colleen Graves from her book with Aaron Graves, The Big Book of Makerspace Projects.

Breakout from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

A Breakout EDU Challenge based on the book Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Posted by Amy Williams