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June 25, 2015

Meet Me in San Francisco, Sally
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Meet me in San Francisco, Sally. Meet me at the Fair. Oh, wait. Wrong city. Wrong name. But do meet me in San Francisco at ALA Annual. I'm leaving on Friday morning, so pop by the JLG booth 3417 and say hello. Some of your favorite JLG folks will be there: Leslie Bermel, Lisa Terry, and Kelly Snook. It's a great time to cash in on conference specials and find out what's new in our world.

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June 24, 2015

And They All Lived Happily Ever After. Or Not.
Written By Deborah B. Ford

In traditional fairy tales, villains get what they deserve, while royal families live happily ever after. However, the following novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild don't follow the traditional formula. Sovereign rulers endure tragedy. Princesses don't wear pink. Princes make bad decisions. Kings and queens have evil agendas. Full of action and adventure, pain and sorrow, these novels will give teens plenty of incentive to read the next of these series installments.

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June 22, 2015

Ok. Fine. I Have a Great Job
Written By Deborah B. Ford

After getting in last night in the wee hours of the morning from a road trip to my dad's, spending the day in bed was terribly tempting, but I dragged myself into the office. After all, I was out on Friday, so there was sure to be plenty to catch up on. To my delight, one of my emails said "there are two boxes of ARCs for you and Leslie in my office." How fast can a girl get up and cross the room?

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June 09, 2015

Friendship: Real, Imagined, and Spare
Written By Deborah B. Ford

If keeping friends is difficult, making them must seem insurmountable for some kids. The truth is that friendship is a work in progress. Best friends move away. Sometimes friends are busy with weekend activities. From time to time, two pals may not see things eye to eye. An occasional child may have a companion you can't even see. The following intermediate chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer all kinds of situations that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel as if they've found new friends.

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May 27, 2015

JLG Selections Sweep the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children's and young adult literature.

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May 11, 2015

Those That Entered Won!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

South Carolina native Stephen Colbert is giving back to his state in an amazing way. The new Late Show host announced on Thursday that he will fund every grant request South Carolina public school teachers have placed on crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org, USA Today reports.

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May 08, 2015

Play and Learn: It’s All Good
Written By Deborah B. Ford

At the end of a long day of professional development, a person can feel any number of things: affirmation, inspiration, or even saturation. Having been on the other side, I take that into account when I plan an agenda. This week I was fortunate to work with the librarians in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their free PD was the result of an "enter to win" by middle school librarian, Linda Raybould. What did they win?

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April 30, 2015

An Open Letter to President Obama
Written By Randy Asmo

Yesterday morning President Obama sent a letter to the White House email list which you can read on The White House Blog, highlighting the importance of having good teachers, books, and learning resources. Today he spoke at a library about the power of reading. The following is my response to his request that we add our voices to the conversation:

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April 30, 2015

Tech Thursday: Technology Workshop Makeover
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Nothing changes faster than technology. Every time I teach a tech workshop, it's different. What about you? If you only had one hour to teach how you're using technology in the library, what would you cover? Tweet out your answer @JrLibraryGuild #librarytech. I'll post the results.

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April 28, 2015

Book Testing Alternatives
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Trying to save money but need testing materials for your students? How about some free or mostly free reading and testing alternatives to a brand-name standard? Here are four websites that offer informational text with quizzes, as well as a free site for novel and picture book testing for grades K-8.

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