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December 19, 2014

Nothing Scheduled
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I use a Page-A-Day calendar. Every morning I'm in my office, I rip off yesterday's words of wisdom in anticipation of what's next. During a week that I've had something scheduled every day, today's inspirational quote is especially appropriate.

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December 18, 2014

Tissue Box Novels
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I'm the kind of girl who cries during Hallmark commercials. I even cried on the first night of The Librarians. (But really, how could I not?) Enter a great story with characters who grab your heart, and I better have the tissue boxes close at hand.

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December 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Norman Bridwell, creator of more than 150 titles starring the iconic Clifford the Big Red Dog, died on Martha's Vineyard on Friday, December 12. He was 86.

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December 16, 2014

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices
Written By Deborah B. Ford

We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your readers will give them a chance to see that they are not alone.

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December 09, 2014

Let the Discussion Begin: Award Season 2014
Written By Deborah B. Ford

While actors rehearse for the Tony and Oscar Award ceremonies, librarians and other book lovers across the country are gearing up for our own celebratory event. What will win the Printz, the Newbery, the Pura Belpre, or the Coretta Scott King? Journals are already releasing their best lists. I've been cross-referencing them to see which books appear on multiple lists. How about you? What books are on your best list? What books are missing from those lists?

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December 05, 2014

Speak Up 2014
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This year Speak Up will once again offer a special survey just for Librarians and Media Specialists! As a companion to their other Speak Up surveys, your input will help complete the picture of what's required to effectively support the use of technology for learning. Last year over 2,200 librarians participated in Speak Up. Now's your chance to get involved! Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning.

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December 04, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Times Have Changed
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I heard Garth Brooks on the radio this morning. Now that he's back on tour, he was asked how being on the road is different. Brooks said one of the biggest changes was technology. When he was last touring in 2001, there were no cell phones. He said he terrible about contacting home; he might go a few days before calling in.

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November 20, 2014

NBAward: Brown Girl Dreaming!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

No, it's not an early arrival of the National Basketball Championship. Last night was the 2014 celebration of the National Book Award Finalists, announcing Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson as the winner in the Young People's Literature category. If starred reviews were any indication, it's no wonder she won.

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November 17, 2014

Ask Deb: How can I save time with circulation?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Dear Deb, I have 30 kindergarten students who check out books during a 30 minute period. How can I speed up the process? How can I be sure everyone actually checked out their books? Signed, Overrun by the Little Ones

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October 28, 2014

JLG Conferences: Update
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Conferences are a great opportunity to meet you. Junior Library Guild is an active supporter of academic conferences throughout the United States. They give us a chance to meet with you face-to-face and learn how we can better serve the library community. When you see us at a conference, please stop by to chat, browse the latest books, hear about what's new or upcoming, and tell us how we're doing.

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