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February 05, 2016

The Spring 2016 Print-Your-Own Posters Are Now Available to Download
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Make sure you're logged into your account and go here (http://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/services/downloadable-materials) to download the Spring 2016 posters. These are the individual posters for each category.
Click on the arrow in the lower right corner for the clickable link.

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January 21, 2016

JLG Booktalks to Go: Looking Ahead to Feb 29 Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

For those of you who work with teens, be sure to register for the upcoming webcast on February 29. Leslie and I will be talking about some of the hot new books for middle and high school. If you've been watching our announcements you know there are some of our favorite authors (Kwame Alexander and Neal Shusterman) and some newbies (Kathryn Purdie and Kathryn Tanquary). Series books continue with new installments to Wing & Claw and The Riverman). One of my personal favorites, Jeff Strand, is back with a hilarious book called, The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. You still have time to register, gather a group of colleagues or readers, and get out your wish lists. In the meantime, here's a taste of one of the books I've chosen.

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January 20, 2016

Let the Battle of the Kids’ Books Begin!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Each year our sister publication, School Library Journal, selects 16 books for their annual Battle of the Kids' Books (fondly known as BOB) competition. Different from other "awards," they actively seek to balance the list with books that are diverse in the following fields: racial and ethnic, genre, audience and publisher. By the same token, they work to recruit a slate of similarly diverse judges. Today is the big announcement. Last year's winner was Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. What was selected? Do you have them? Want them at an amazing price?

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January 19, 2016

PPP: A New Year’s Celebration of Books: A JLG Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming elementary titles for the spring season. From charming picture books to fascinating nonfiction and hard-to-put-down chapter books, there are plenty of amazing titles to add to your collection. Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. What are the titles you are most excited about?

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January 08, 2016

2015 Final Countdown
Written By Deborah B. Ford

It's January and the highlight of children's book publishing season is just days away. Many of you are already in Boston for the Big Event (or hopefully safely on your way). On Monday morning at 8AM EST, the doors will open and the suspense will soon be over. Watch the Live Webcast here. Someone asked me the other day what I thought would win. Honestly, I've gotten my head buried in 2016 already. (With three imminent webcasts and a little bit of down time off the road, I've got to think ahead when I can.) So now that I'm thinking about 2015, I'll give you a couple of tips to remember.

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January 04, 2016

Library of Congress Appoints Gene Yuen Lang as Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today the Library of Congress announced graphic novelist, Gene Yuen Lang, as Ambassador for Young People's Literature. His platform is Reading Without Walls, which was developed with the Children's Book Council and his publisher, First Second. It aims to excite young people about reading outside their comfort zones. "A huge part of being a kid is exploring the world," he said. "Books are a bridge between them and what might be unfamiliar."

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December 16, 2015

PPP-BER Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Last week I was on the road--every day a different city. (And most days a different state) I led a full day seminar on Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library. We had lots of aha moments accompanied by pats on the head (POH) and inspirational moments as well. Everyone left with a long to do list (including me). Look for my handiwork to show up in JLG's Monthly Newsletter. Sign up for it if you don't want to be left out. For those of you who were there, what follows are books and websites that weren't in your handbooks for your ease of use.

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December 16, 2015

Out with the Old: New Displays for the New Year
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Pictures are worth a thousand words. Wouldn't it be nice to see something that might appeal to your kids? Do you have to think it up yourself? In the midst of trying to do so many things at once, though, where's your inspiration for new display ideas?

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December 03, 2015

Read it Again! Read it Again! Tips on Selecting Books for the Very Young
Written By Deborah B. Ford

When I was a young child, my mom took my sisters and me to the public library every week. She let us choose the books we wanted--however many we wanted. If I decided to read the same book over and over, she let me. The librarian never said things like: "You can't have that many books," or: "That book is too hard for you," or: "You've checked out that book every week for a month. Let's choose something else." What a good librarian she was!

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November 30, 2015

PPP: Changes in the Stars: NY version
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today and tomorrow I continue launching a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I'm on Long Island today and New Rochelle on Tuesday, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we are learning new strategies, and like all presentations there are new ideas that weren't in the handout. What follows are the titles I mentioned that you wouldn't have heard about if you weren't there. Check them out.

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