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September 19, 2014

Ahoy ye Mateys!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Ahoy Mateys! It's the 12th annual Talk Like a Pirate Day! which was founded on a whim by two guys, John Baur and Mark Summers. As the story goes, they were playing a game of racquetball and as the game digressed, they began to encourage each other in pirate slang. Why not have a day where we do that every year?

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September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Junior Literary Guild Service 1959
Written By Deborah B. Ford

My how times have changed. What started as a book club for boys and girls 85 years ago is now serving schools, public libraries, colleges, and universities. Let's take a look at the company 55 years ago.

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September 17, 2014

Wednesday Wonder: Wonder how I can save time with circulation?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This month in the JLG Monthly Newsletter I wrote about being flexible on your path to becoming super librarian. I advised you to evaluate, revise, and revamp your circulation process. Last week I had the opportunity to work with a local elementary school librarian, assisting her with cataloging and collection development. While I was there, we talked about her circulation process.

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September 16, 2014

Sharing a LiveBinder: Tuesday Tech Tip
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Suppose you found an awesome LiveBinder. How about JLG's Booktalks to Go Fall 2014? or the award-winning Spring 2014? You want to share it with your teachers. What's the easiest way to do that?

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September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Remembering 9/11
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Recalling events often brings back specific memories. Do you remember where you were when Elvis died? I (believe it or not) was working at Spencer Gifts and heard it on the radio. What about when Kennedy was shot? Martin Luther King?

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July 29, 2014

YouTube Videos: Tuesday Tech Tip
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Struggling with how to do something on our website? Are you new to JLG and unsure about what our website offers? Are you curious about our new ebooks and wondering how they work? Wonder no more, as JLG now has a YouTube channel, just for you. In the months to come we will be posting screencasts and other videos to guide you in our services and products.

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July 11, 2014

SummerTeen: A YA Celebration
Written By Deborah B. Ford

You still have time to register for a once in a lifetime opportunity. SLJ is hosting its third annual SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books on Thursday, July 24. Popular young adult authors will discuss their upcoming books- just in time for your fall book orders. Featuring keynote speaker, Matthew Quick, author of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Gayle Forman author of Just One Year, this day long celebration of literacy has a huge bonus.

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July 08, 2014

We Got Ebooks!: Tuesday Tech Tip
Written By Deborah B. Ford

You asked for it. We got it. New JLG levels of ebooks. It's everything you love about JLG in ebook form. Current levels include upper elementary and middle school in social studies and science. Just like your book levels, you'll receive one every month for every level you order. Get the best of the best, delivered straight to your library catalog. But how do you get the word out that "you got ebooks?"

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July 02, 2014

Tuesday Tech Tip: LiveBinders.com Top 10
Written By Deborah B. Ford

You can't win if you don't enter, so I did. I competed in the 2014 LiveBinders.com Top 10 Contest and won! The JLG Booktalks to Go LiveBinder now has a Top 10 logo on it and is featured on their homepage.

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June 11, 2014

History in Fiction: More than Just the Facts? JLG’s BTG LiveBinder Titles
Written By Deborah B. Ford

We often teach children that fiction is not true. But there is always a bit of truth in historical fiction. Writing in that genre consists of doing a lot of research. Language, clothing, housing, technology are just the tip of the factual iceberg when it comes to building a fictional story based on actual events.

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