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May 09, 2017

Webcast Recap: Enrich Your Summer Reading Program: Tips and Resources K-12
Written By Deborah B. Ford

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.

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February 09, 2017

Webcast Recap: 4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program
Written By Deborah B. Ford

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.

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December 13, 2016

Going to Prison
Written By Deborah B. Ford

That's right. I'm going to prison. I've got one more trip to make this year and it's to a correctional institution. The inmates are young men, aged 18-21. Before they are released, they must also complete their GED. I'll be working with their teachers, providing resources for differentiation, lesson plans, and other resources. Offline. Yes. Offline.

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August 18, 2016

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016: From the JLG Webinar Series
Written By Deborah B. Ford

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!

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August 01, 2016

Great News! JLG Now Offers You More Books When You Need Them Most
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Studies show that more books are checked out in September and October than any other time. Publishers also release more books in the fall. That's why Junior Library Guild is now offering our 14 Book Plus Categories. With your Plus Category order, you’ll receive two books in September and October--when you need them the most--and one book per month thereafter. That’s 14 total books per year per each category.

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June 22, 2016

Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox: Resources
Written By Deborah B. Ford

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?

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March 22, 2016

Curious Findings in Books
Written By Deborah B. Ford

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.

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February 12, 2016

PPP: Ensuring Diversity in Your Library–Elementary Style
Written By Deborah B. Ford

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. By ensuring that they have a welcoming place, devoted to the way they learn, with resources and tools that accommodate their needs and those they will meet, teachers and librarians can build a positive environment that will affect their literacy development. Here are some forthcoming elementary titles to fill that gap.

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February 09, 2016

PPP: Children are Just Premature Adults: Serving Youth in the Library
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today I led a webcast for mostly public librarians in Jacksonville, Florida. We talked about 4 ways to serve youth in the library: developmental changes, librarian competency skills, customer service tips, and social media strategies. From improving our circulation procedures to polishing our technology skills, we could all (school libraries included) use some reminders about how we can best serve our youth. What about you? What's on your improvement plan? How can we best serve our youth? Read on for resources to take you in the right direction.

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January 20, 2016

Let the Battle of the Kids’ Books Begin!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Each year our sister publication, School Library Journal, selects 16 books for their annual Battle of the Kids' Books (fondly known as BOB) competition. Different from other "awards," they actively seek to balance the list with books that are diverse in the following fields: racial and ethnic, genre, audience and publisher. By the same token, they work to recruit a slate of similarly diverse judges. Today is the big announcement. Last year's winner was Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. What was selected? Do you have them? Want them at an amazing price?

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