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Enter JLG's Back-to-School Book Bundle Giveaway!

Enter JLG's Back-to-School Book Bundle Giveaway!

By: Rhonda Mihalic | August 14, 2019 |

We’re giving away five back-to-school author-autographed book bundles featuring acclaimed JLG Gold Standard Selections. Enter to win!

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Ohio author launches book drive for town hit by tornadoes

Ohio author launches book drive for town hit by tornadoes

By: Rhonda Mihalic | July 09, 2019 |

In Celina, Ohio, more than 50 homes were destroyed by tornado and everything was lost: furniture, clothing, photographs, mementos and, central to this story, books. So a local children's author started a book drive.

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ALA 2019: The week I became a library

ALA 2019: The week I became a library

By: Rhonda Mihalic | July 01, 2019 |

I asked myself, “If you had to sum up your ALA experience in three words, what would they be?” Easy, I thought: Inspiration, innovation and interaction.

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Countdown to summer reading

Countdown to summer reading

By: Julia Bannon | May 03, 2019 |

It’s time to get ready for your summer reading program! With this year’s theme celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the moon landing, we’ve got lots of ideas for you to make this the best summer yet. Launch into a summer of space with great books, STEM activities and display ideas.

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Forgiving fines through reading gets more kids into the library

Forgiving fines through reading gets more kids into the library

By: Julia Bannon | April 05, 2019 |

A librarian’s dream is to have every seat in their library filled with eager young readers. But what if kids stay away because of fines? One library system is allowing kids to read their fines away - and it’s bringing students back in droves.

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Webcast Recap: Enrich Your Summer Reading Program: Tips and Resources K-12

Webcast Recap: Enrich Your Summer Reading Program: Tips and Resources K-12

By: Deborah B. Ford | May 09, 2017 | Shelf Life

In our webcast today, my guest Nick Glass, Founder and Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net, and I talked about creative ways to promote summer reading programs, from supporting student choices using recommended booklists to modeling booktalks after Meet-the-Author book readings...and much more. Read More

Webcast Recap: 4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program

Webcast Recap: 4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 09, 2017 | Shelf Life

In our webcast today, I shared four ways to strengthen diversity in your library program. As I said, every effort you make towards inclusion and diversity matters to someone. By being aware, keeping up with the literature, shaking up your programming and bringing in outside resources, the impact you can make is so valuable. Read More

Tech Tuesday: Using Video in Social Media

Tech Tuesday: Using Video in Social Media

By: Deborah B. Ford | December 20, 2016 | Shelf Life

You can teach an old dog new tricks! Woof! Woof! Yesterday Kayleigh and I played around with video on social media. It was Christmas sweater day, so I brought out my Mrs. Claus outfit. Nostalgic for winter booktalks with my kids, I did my first Facebook Live. How hard was it to shoot live? Read More

10 Scary Librarian Super Powers

10 Scary Librarian Super Powers

By: Deborah B. Ford | October 03, 2016 | Shelf Life

What are your Super Powers? Are you willing to try anything once? Can you use the power of duct tape to keep a much-loved book together for a half dozen more reads? Do your technology skills allow you to create infopics that drive new customers through your door? Do you know everything?! (or at least where to find the answer?) Then you, my colleague, have Super Powers. Read More

Three Cool Online Tools for Engaging Presentations

Three Cool Online Tools for Engaging Presentations

By: Deborah B. Ford | July 05, 2016 | Shelf Life

As I polished my Presentation Tools for the 21st Century workshop this morning, I also updated the 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources LiveBinder. With the ever-changing world of presentation tools, it seems impossible to keep up. However, AASL just released their new list of Best Websites and Apps for Teaching and Learning. There you'll find a crossover of tools that are both website and apps. These vetted tools will help you whittle down the options. I, myself, am venturing out from PowerPoint and using one of last year's tools for most of my presentations. It's called Haiku Deck. Read More

Tech Tuesday: Book Infographic

Tech Tuesday: Book Infographic

By: Deborah B. Ford | May 03, 2016 | Shelf Life

While pinning things you should know from my email, I was reminded that May is National Pet Month. Wouldn't it be fun to have an infographic about 9 Books about Pets for Celebrating Pet month? You see those graphics all the time on Pinterest. What are people using? Can I do it in Word? Would a table be better so the holes are filled? I asked my graphic designer, but she's a Mac girl, and wasn't sure Word would let me do it. Determined to find an answer, I opened a new Word doc. Here's what I learned. Read More

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