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November 30, 2015

PPP: Changes in the Stars: NY version

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today and tomorrow I continue launching a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I'm on Long Island today and New Rochelle on Tuesday, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we are learning new strategies, and like all presentations there are new ideas that weren't in the handout. What follows are the titles I mentioned that you wouldn't have heard about if you weren't there. Check them out.

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November 30, 2015

PPP: STEAM Lit for IED New York

Written By Deborah B. Ford

At today's IED seminar on Long Island, we talked about books to add to our STEM/STEAM list. Here are the books. Be sure to look at our Pinterest board on STEM/STEAM for more books, websites, and activities to support your programming.

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November 18, 2015

PPP NSTA PHL: Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction

Written By Deborah B. Ford

One broken suitcase later (the wheel literally fell off), I'm back in the office after another amazing NSTA Regional Conference. Philadelphia offered much of what it often does in November--a nip in the air, street musicians, and a plethora of food choices in the Reading Terminal Market. I opted for the cheese steak and a seat at Molly Malloy's.

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November 12, 2015

Post Presentation Post: IED OKC and DFW

Written By Deborah B. Ford

On Monday and Tuesday I launched a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I visited Oklahoma City and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we learned new strategies, and like all presentations there were new ideas that weren't in the handout. What follows are the titles and websites I mentioned that you wouldn't have heard about if you weren't there. Check them out.

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October 26, 2015

PPP: NSTA2015 Reno Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction

Written By Deborah B. Ford

For my last trip of the month, I went out of the box and spoke at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Reno. I was slated to present Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction, a new session I just wrote. I promised to talk about new nonfiction (I chose 30 titles), free resources for teaching, additional free information text resources, and technology to bring it all together. In an hour. Um. Yeah. While I was getting dressed, two thoughts came into my head: 1) Don't let my new grandbaby come while I'm gone and 2) Let someone show up for the session. So. What happened on Saturday morning?

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October 20, 2015

Post Presentation Post: Bones, Ballots, and Biographies: New Nonfiction Fall 2015

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today Leslie and I continued the JLG Webcast series with a look at forthcoming nonfiction for PreK-12. Below is the list of our selections and their corresponding categories. From bones in a undiscovered cemetery to protective poodles, there were plenty of choices. What did we finally decide on? Keep reading...

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September 15, 2015

Post Presentation Post: Mid/High JLG Booktalks September

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today Leslie and I did our Mid/High webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes (well, kind of), we managed to booktalk 30 books for teens. Below is the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.

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August 27, 2015

Hot New Books for Middle and High School Readers

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Want to know about hot new books for teens? Back to school season is in full swing and it's time to get geared up for a fantastic fall. But there's something you still need to do--discover the best new books for your teen readers, of course.

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August 25, 2015

Post Presentation Post: Elementary Booktalks Fall 2015 Webcast

Written By Deborah B. Ford

What's new and exciting for PreK-Grade 6 in the world of children's literature? Today Leslie and I did our Elementary webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for young readers. Keep reading for the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.

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August 21, 2015

Just the Facts with a Story to Tell: Navigating New Nonfiction Selections

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Nonfiction has historically gotten a bad rap from story-loving library patrons. "It's boring." "It's dry." "There's no story." While that may be true about some works of nonfiction, many others act just like the best fiction. An enticing cover begs to be opened. Then you read the first page, and you are hooked.

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