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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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Gear Up for Halloween with These Spooky Reads

By: | October 10, 2018 |

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you gearing up for the devilish decorations, creepy costumes, and scary sweets? To help your readers get in the holiday spirit, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few JLG selections that put spooky creatures front and center.

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Creating a Culture of Reading

By: | September 18, 2018 |

We know your priority is encouraging your readers to pick up and discover new books, and to develop a passion for reading. How do you go about doing that? According to Felix Brandon, co-founder of Zoobean’s Beanstack, a powerful tool that helps educators and librarians create, manage, and measure reading challenges, it’s about creating a culture of reading. 

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Empower Your Students to Grow Their Love of Reading

By: Sarah Cooke | September 10, 2018 |

As educators, we know you want to guide your students in the right direction, encouraging them to read and explore new books. The most effective way to do that is to empower them to seek out new books and expand their horizons as readers on their own. Simply handing them titles to read, as you know, will be less impactful in the long run. So how exactly to you encourage that kind of empowerment? We have a few suggestions.

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Build a Year-Long Book Bash

By: Christina Dorr | September 06, 2018 |

You got the “back to school blues?" No need for that! Focus your sights on revving up reading enthusiasm by designing a year-long book bash! Can’t think a year ahead? Then think about one month at a time…What can you do to get kids excited about books, reading, sharing, talking, and writing? It can be large or small, but the point is to start and keep the momentum rolling. 

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Coming of Age Titles for a New School Year

By: | August 06, 2018 |

The start of a new school year can be an exciting time for a lot of students, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, as they may be a little unsure of what it will feel like to be another grade older. They’re starting to learn more about themselves and may be trying to figure out who they really are as unique individuals, independent from their parents and families. 

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The Power of Storytelling

By: | July 12, 2018 |

Storytime is a common practice in many libraries. A lot of us fondly recall librarians, teachers, and parents captivating us by reading from our favorite books. But what is it about storytelling that makes it so powerful? Why does listening to an adult share a story enthrall so many students, and how exactly does it benefit them?

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