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Librarian of the Month: June 2020

Librarian of the Month: June 2020

By: Esther Goodell | June 30, 2020 |

JLG’s June Librarian of the Month honor goes to Anna Porter Public Library and librarian Kelsey Collins. We could tell from seeing her library’s social media posts that she and her library had a heart for their community. Read on to learn more about Kelsey...

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Librarian of the Month: May 2020

Librarian of the Month: May 2020

By: Esther Goodell | May 28, 2020 |

JLG’s May Librarian of the Month honor goes to Louise Durham Elementary and Tiffany Williams. We could tell from seeing her social media posts that she was always willing to go the extra mile to get students to engage with books, whether through sensory mats to form a check-out line or loading up her cart to deliver books to classrooms. Read on to learn more about Tiffany...

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We are all in this together: Finding growth and gratitude in the midst of COVID-19

We are all in this together: Finding growth and gratitude in the midst of COVID-19

By: Sean Lockwood | May 18, 2020 |

 JLG General Manager Sean Lockwood reflects on the disruption of COVID-19 and what an honor it has been to stand shoulder to shoulder with our incredible library partners as they respond to the impact of the novel coronavirus and rapidly move their on-campus instruction to remote teaching. 

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Librarian of the Month: April 2020

Librarian of the Month: April 2020

By: Esther Goodell | April 29, 2020 |

JLG’s April Librarian of the Month honor goes to Billerica Memorial High School and Rachel Bouhanda. She has been a school librarian for over a decade and has been creating new resources for students all while transitioning to a new library space!

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Librarian of the Month: March 2020

Librarian of the Month: March 2020

By: Esther Goodell | March 12, 2020 |

JLG’s March Librarian of the Month honor goes to Hilliard Weaver Middle School and its dedicated staff of one, Christina Dorr. She has been a JLG member for many of her 30+ years as a school librarian. We had the chance to meet her at a local conference recently, and in our 5-minute interaction we knew we needed to share her story.

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Librarian of the Month: February 2020

Librarian of the Month: February 2020

By: Esther Goodell | February 21, 2020 |

JLG’s Librarian of the Month honor goes to Rippon Middle School and its dedicated team of Tamara Ingalls, librarian, Debra Gish, librarian, and Denisha Price, library assistant. Read their story!

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Congrats to the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards finalists!

Congrats to the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards finalists!

By: Katie Lynch | December 23, 2019 |

JLG is proud to announce that 4 out of the 5 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards finalists are JLG selections. The Nonfiction genre is revolutionizing thanks to the talent and commitment of these authors, and our editors know outstanding work when they see it!

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Teen spirit: How to get teens back to the library

Teen spirit: How to get teens back to the library

By: Sarah Cooke | August 14, 2019 |

What can libraries do to make sure their young-adult readers stop by for a visit—and then keep coming back? Get tips from School Library Journal’s Karen Jensen.

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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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JLG Titles Dominate Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

JLG Titles Dominate Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

By: Sarah Cooke | June 17, 2019 |

The 2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature (EGL) Award winners were recently announced at the Denver Pop Culture Con, and the competition was stiff.JLG's Graphic Novel categories are among our most popular—and we are thrilled to see so many JLG selections honored in this year's EGL Awards!

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Teaching Teachers the Value of the Graphic Novel

Teaching Teachers the Value of the Graphic Novel

By: Julia Bannon | May 15, 2019 |

“Graphic Novels are just superhero comic books.” “They’re not even real reading.” School librarians hear these types of comments every day. So, how do you explain that Graphic Novels are a valuable part of the reading landscape and that they teach comprehension and literacy? Find out.

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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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Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic? What Makes a Good School Story?

Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic? What Makes a Good School Story?

By: Deborah B. Ford | August 24, 2016 | Shelf Life

Between back-to-school sales and the calendar itself, it's not terribly difficult to see that the end of summer is almost here. It's time for school to return to session. I remember when school ended at Memorial Day and restarted after Labor Day. Today's schools often go into July and resume in August. What happened to June, July and August? Read More

Curious Findings in Books

Curious Findings in Books

By: Deborah B. Ford | March 22, 2016 | Shelf Life

I have never been a fan of putting my hand behind a row of books. I've touched one too many nasty wrappers. It's one reason I always say "let them eat cake." If we allow them to eat in the library, give them a food trashcan, and encourage them to exercise some responsibility, kids quit sneaking food into the library. Your hamburger paper behind the biography problem will just stop. But I digress. Today as I was doing my morning pinning (schedule your social media for consistency) when I discovered an interesting article: 15 Curious Things Found in Library Books. Considering the things I have personally found in books and behind the books, I was a smidge anxious at clicking through to the article. What I found in the article was charming. Read More

PPP Irving ISD: Ensuring Diversity in Your School Library Program

PPP Irving ISD: Ensuring Diversity in Your School Library Program

By: Deborah B. Ford | March 17, 2016 | Shelf Life

What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia. Read More

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