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A Conversation Around Book Bans with Wil Mara

By: | November 29, 2022 |

It is no secret that book bans and challenges have become an increasingly prevalent issue in the library community, particularly in the last few years. To learn more about this trend and what we can do to help, we sat down with JLG author Wil Mara.  

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Meet the Newest Member of the JLG Editorial Team

By: | November 03, 2022 |

One of the most unique aspects of Junior Library Guild is our Editorial Team. We are committed to bringing the best new books to young readers, but how exactly do we do that? The Editorial Team reads thousands of manuscripts every year and chooses the best new books based on a wide variety of criteria. They then sort these books into our categories, and we work with our publishers to bring them right to the shelves of our members.  

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New OSTP Guidance Alleviates Cost Burden of Accessing Research

By: | October 26, 2022 |

In late August, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) made a major update to their guidance regarding federally funded research. On August 25, 2022, The OSTP sent out a memorandum with the subject “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” outlining the new policy. These changes will give the public speedy access to new studies and scientific information as it is published.  

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School Librarians vs Media Specialists

By: | October 03, 2022 |

We’re all familiar with librarians and what they contribute to our schools and communities, but have you ever heard of a media specialist? Because of shrinking budgets and expanding curriculumsmore and more is being asked of school librarians. This includes responsibilities that would typically fall to a media specialist. Although many librarians are expected to fill both roles, these jobs are inherently very different. 

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Library Card Sign-Up Month

By: | September 27, 2022 |

American author Lilian Jackson Braun once said, “A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.” Libraries are places full of endless resources and opportunities for you and your community. And it all starts with a library card! 

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Happy Banned Books Week!

By: | September 15, 2022 |

September 18-24th is officially Banned Books Week for 2022. This week is observed every year and is used to raise awareness about books being banned and challenged in schoolsSpecifically, Banned Books Week takes a closer look at why these selections are targeted and explores how we can collectively work together to stop censorship.  

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We Love Memoirs Day

By: | August 30, 2022 |

August 31st has been named We Love Memoirs Day or National Memoirs Day, depending on the source. Memoirs are a brave and vulnerable way for authors to share their lives and experiences with readers.  This day celebrates both the authors who write memoirs and the readers impacted by their stories. Memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies are an effective way to teach your young readers about important historical moments and figures and to help them build empathy through reading.  

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