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Coffee with Margaret Peterson Haddix

By: Rebecca Cybulski | September 12, 2023 |

REMARKABLES reminds us that asking for help and forgiving others are not faults or weaknesses, but rather they are acts that help us become so resilient in life. Learn more about Margaret Peterson Haddix’s views on time travel, the unraveling of fate, and why it’s so important to be mindful of the present moment.

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Honoring Disability Pride Month: How to Keep Your Library Accessible and Inclusive for Everyone

By: Rebecca Cybulski | July 26, 2023 |

July is known as Disability Pride Month because it marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law is meant to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities and discourage discrimination, however, people are still marginalized for their abilities or limitations. To help combat ableism and injustice, librarians across the nation strive to make a safe space where all people and communities can see themselves embodied in literature.

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Help Foster a Love of Reading this Summer!

By: Rebecca Cybulski | July 11, 2023 |

In recently released data from NAEP, students who read for fun daily are at an all-time low; only 14% of students reported reading for fun almost every day. This statistic is alarming, especially when there are so many great summer reads to go around! If your students are having a difficult time picking up a book, and they need a little convincing that reading for pleasure is important for their overall growth and success, this is the blog post for YOU!

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Q & A with Sacha Lamb

By: Rebecca Cybulski | June 26, 2023 |

Sacha Lamb, an archivist, librarian, and author of When the Angels Left the Old Countrywrites a queer, Jewish fantasy that transcends the concepts of identity, gender, and explores how both good and evil are necessary in our lives. When writing this story, they intended to combine all the literary elements that they love into one—and this ingenuity is what won the book a Stonewall, Sydney Taylor, and Printz Book Award!

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Picking a Pulitzer

By: JLG Marketing | June 22, 2023 |

Stay True by Hua Hsu was the first JLG selection to win a Pulitzer Prize, and we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to learn more about how our editorial staff deemed it a JLG Gold Standard Selection. So, what exactly goes into picking a Pulitzer Prize? Dan, a member of our editorial staff, shares his journey 

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Q & A with Martin Lemelman

By: Rebecca Cybulski | May 31, 2023 |

We spoke with Martin Lemelman, certified Florida Master Gardener, and—importantly—the author of the The Miracle Seedfor Jewish American Heritage Month. 

Do not miss this special blog where we learn more about Martin’s graphic novel, his thoughts on miracles, and how his parents taught him resilience by surviving the Holocaust.  

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How Does Reading Improve Your Mental Health?

By: Rebecca Cybulski | May 25, 2023 |

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and here at JLG, we know that reading is a great technique to practice mindfulness, relaxation, and empathy—AND it’s even been scientifically proven to improve our mental health! The next time you need an excuse to stock your shelves with a new title, just remember, that book could help positively impact a reader’s thoughts, mood, or behavior—we love the power of books!

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