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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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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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Summer R and R for #KidLit Champions

Summer R and R for #KidLit Champions

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 16, 2017 | Shelf Life

For teachers and school librarians, June may mean no school. But even if you have a summer job or if you're like m--you work all year long--you still need to give yourself a mental and emotional break. As educators and book evangelists, helping is what we do. It's our nature. Yet you can't give and give without refilling your own cup. Read More

Webcast Recap: <br>Books We Love June 2017

Webcast Recap:
Books We Love June 2017

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 13, 2017 | Shelf Life

On our webcast today, Kiera and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books you might want to check out this summer. Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Whether your to-be-read pile grew or it became prioritized, we are sure your readers will get also enjoy getting to know these new stories and their wonderful characters. Read More

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

Tech Tuesday: Be a Better Google Searcher

Tech Tuesday: Be a Better Google Searcher

By: Deborah B. Ford | August 30, 2016 | Shelf Life

How do we revitalize research in a world that thinks everything can just be Googled? The truth is that much information CAN be Googled. How good they are at Googling is another question. Our job then is to teach them how to use digital resources efficiently, effectively, and ethically. So just how do we do that? Read More

Recap: Norfolk PD Event/Revitalizing Research

Recap: Norfolk PD Event/Revitalizing Research

By: Deborah B. Ford | August 25, 2016 | Shelf Life

I just got back from spending a morning with the media specialists in Norfolk, VA. Under the new direction of Valerie Ford, these media specialists had a very full day of professional development. I led off the morning with my keynote, Revitalizing Research in a Google-Driven World. If I could boil it down to a few pointers, this is what I would say. Read More

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016:  From the JLG Webinar Series

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016: From the JLG Webinar Series

By: Deborah B. Ford | August 18, 2016 | Shelf Life

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about the some of the fall forthcoming books for elementary readers. From two turtles that discover a hat in the desert to a much-anticipated biography of E.B. White, you’ll find the new releases to be worth the wait. With the addition of new categories, Character Building Elementary, Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary and Multicultural Elementary, you'll have even more wonderful books for your young readers. And remember to add some Plus categories to get even more books in the fall—just when you need them most! 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

Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox: Resources

Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox: Resources

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

This month I published an article in Principal magazine, "Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox." Based on the idea that flipped learning requires digital tools to be used at home, the article begins with one key element: Evaluate your library program. From having enough staff and money to evaluating databases and whether teaching time is provided for their instruction, I think you'll find the article to be a good talking tool for a conversation with your shareholders. The key to a good flipped learning program is not the tools themselves. It's the outcome of using them. We shouldn't use apps just to be using apps. Just like in the movies, what is our motivation? Read More

Stars So Far: JLG Webinar Series PPP

Stars So Far: JLG Webinar Series PPP

By: Deborah B. Ford | April 12, 2016 | Shelf Life

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about 20 of the JLG selections that are getting the star buzz. With well more than 150 books to choose from, we had a tough time selecting our featured authors and illustrators. (So stay tuned to the summer webcast schedule.) Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. JLG BTG titles are added to our Pinterest board and tweeted out by following Deborah B. Ford. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlist. This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes. 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

PPP: Leap into Spring with New Books for Teens

PPP: Leap into Spring with New Books for Teens

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 29, 2016 | Shelf Life

On today's webcast Leslie and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming middle and high school titles for the spring season. From fascinating nonfiction to hard-to-put-down novels, there are plenty of amazing titles to add to your collection. Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. JLG BTG titles are added to our Pinterest board and tweeted out by following Deborah B. Ford. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlist. This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes. Keep reading to find links to the titles. Read More

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