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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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April 27, 2015

TXLA15 Author Sightings
Written By Leslie Bermel

The Texas Library Association conference was last week in Austin. As usual, the conference didn't disappoint with great events, sessions, exhibits, and giveaways. JLG had a large exhibit booth that was visited by hundreds of librarians. Author sightings were a real pleasure. Several stopped by to thank us for supporting their work.

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April 24, 2015

Learn Something New Friday: Embed a Video
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Who says a person has to be ineffective after 3:00PM on a workday? With the right motivation, and maybe some Girl Scout cookies, I learned something new that I've been fighting with forever. (Special thanks to you-know-who-are who sent me the tutorial)

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April 24, 2015

I Love to Laugh, Don’t You?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Some people laugh through their noses. Some people hiss like snakes. Me? If it's really funny, you might hear a snort. (Sorry mom, but it's true.) What about you? What's your classic laugh style? And what makes you laugh? If you've had a long week, a library chuckle might be just the ticket.

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April 21, 2015

Debut Class of 2015
Written By Leslie Bermel

When a new collection is announced by JLG, I always search out my favorite authors. I get excited and anticipate reading their latest books. New authors can also be a treat. Recently, I pulled out my spring catalog and went on a treasure hunt for debut authors. It was time to change things up and experience someone new.

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April 21, 2015

#txla15: Post Conference Post
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I've unpacked my bags, but still feeling the glow from TLA 2015 Annual Conference. By Thursday afternoon, registration had reached to 7,967 participants. From the book cart drill team, to Green Room conversation, it's a conference unlike any other. The booth was nonstop with members and members-to-be. Names and faces were finally brought together. Author sightings were frequent.

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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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