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April 14, 2015

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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April 07, 2015

Reminder & Warehouse Map: JLG’s Spring Warehouse Sale April 17 & 18
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Book Locations Map now available. 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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April 03, 2015

Learn Something New Every Day
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Next week I'm speaking to Fairfax Virginia Public Library System about using technology in the library. What should I be using ? Why should I use it? How can I use it? What if we have a Marketing Department who takes care of publicity and social media? As I rewrite my presentation to fit their needs, I found myself tweaking the whole presentation tool. Recently I was in a workshop on Symbaloo, taught mostly in an exploratory sort of method. I created an account and lightening hit.

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April 02, 2015

You Can’t Win if You Don’t Enter
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I used my first LEGOs at the SLJ Summit last October. Yep. First time. Though I've stepped on quite a few and marveled at the larger-than-life creations at Downtown Disney, I've never made anything. Stephen Turnipseed, President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America, gave a rousing keynote speech at the 2014 Summit. "Creativity will become the most marketable skill set in the future." We made ducks with LEGOs. All of us. And get this: they were all different. With the exact same blocks (4 yellow and 2 red), we all made different ducks and none were wrong.

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March 31, 2015

Boys Don’t Knit- or Do They?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Last week I talked about T. S. Easton's new book, Boys Don't Knit (in Public). I said it was hi-stinking-larious. I said it was clever. I said you will love Ben Fletcher and be afraid (and rightly so) of the Lollipop Lady. I read a passage from one of Ben's journal entries about the difference between a diary and a journal and the fact that he was already writing and having a problem with the required template. I spoke about the frustration with his probation officer and her case load which includes a man who attacked an ice cream truck.

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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 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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