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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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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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