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March 27, 2015

Celebrate Spring: Teen Booktalks Webcast Shortlist
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Yesterday Leslie and I did our second webcast for the new selections of 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for teens. Below is the shortlist of our selections and their corresponding categories. A few choices, such as The Bunker Diaries (YM), lend themselves to be suitable solely for upper grades. Many of the books, however, can be used at both middle and high school grades.

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March 17, 2015

STEM Voice Video Competition
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Looking for a way to combine technology and STEM? Do you have teens who are creative? They could win a prize that will be housed at the Coalition of State Bioscience Institute, as well as a cash award.

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March 16, 2015

Save the Date: JLG’s Spring Warehouse Sale April 17 & 18
Written By Jeanette Rivard

All books just $5 each; Hundreds of titles available, including ALA Youth Media Award Winners; Most books are hardcover with either library or reinforced trade binding; All are JLG selections

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March 13, 2015

Book Buzz Take 2: More Tips for Today’s Booktalker
Book Buzz Take 2: More Tips for Today’s Booktalker
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Booktalks. We do them every day. From the kids who come in the library to the person next in line, we "talk up" books, almost without thinking. With a little planning, those talks can be polished into a program that gets your books flying off the shelves. A good hook, though, is worth it's weight in gold.

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February 27, 2015

JLG Monthly Archives Now Available
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Now you have access to back issues of JLG Monthly, including From the Desk of Deb: Monthly Musings, featured articles, and more! Just click on the month to see the entire newsletter.

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February 25, 2015

Accountable and Then Some
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Earlier this month I presented a two hour workshop on The Power of Marketing. During that time attendees wrote and practiced their elevator speeches. They gathered ideas about how to do everyday marketing. We talked about branding, diversity, and public image. And I gave them a challenge: do two things, tell me, and share with another colleague. One elementary librarian stepped up in a big way. What did she do?

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February 18, 2015

Collaboration Leads to Publication for JLG Member’s Teens
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Deanna McDaniel, media specialist at Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, worked with her sixth grade teachers to encourage more than 330 budding writers. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) sponsors a Young Writers Program which provides educators with curricula and resources for teaching novel writing to young students. Kids learn about word count and McDaniel's kids wrote 1,211,471 words. How did they get middle school kids hooked?

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February 17, 2015

Warm Up with New Books
Written By Deborah B. Ford

When I woke up this morning, it was a frigid -4. A few hours later, we've warmed up to above freezing. With spring seemingly so far away, what would make me feel better? A warm cup of coffee? Hot chocolate? How about a nice blankie? I know! What about some wonderful new books that would take my mind off the winter wonderland and more snow that's on the way?

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February 11, 2015

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: What Are the Best Books of Them All?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Looking for a fun way to spend thirty minutes? Want to look into a crystal ball and see the best new books for readers preK- Grade 6 for the spring? What if it's free? Have I got a deal for you!

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February 02, 2015

Junior Library Guild Selections Win 38 Honors at 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Our outstanding editorial team has done it again. JLG selections are huge winners at this year's ALA Youth Media Awards including the John Newbery Medal Winner and all the Honor Books, four Caldecott Medal Honor Books, the Michael L. Printz Award Winner, and two Honor Books, plus many more!

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