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Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

National Novel Writing Month in November can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students planning to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

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Manga Makes a Comeback

Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

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Plucked from obscurity: biographies with new and intriguing subjects | SLJ Spotlight

These new nonfiction titles highlight lesser-known historical figures.

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We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo Campaign Aims to Raise $100K

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) kicked off an indiegogo campaign to raise $100K on October 23, and it’s taken off like gangbusters. Also, check out John Green’s #SupportWNDB video, which debuted today.





Join us in St. Paul, MN for the 10th annual SLJ Summit: Fire it Up! Sparking Creativity and Motivating Students, where a dynamic group of school librarians, education leaders, and tech innovators will convene to tackle the most pressing challenges and the greatest opportunities
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Manga Makes a Comeback

Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

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At International Conference on Children’s Librarianship, Transformation and Puppets

The inaugural event, sponsored by the National Library of the Philippines and held in Tagaytay City, featured speakers who challenged librarians to envision the future, be change agents, and cut the rug.

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Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

National Novel Writing Month in November can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students planning to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

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Fighting for a Cause: From the Past to the Present | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inform, inspire, and guide today’s change makers by opening their eyes and spurring them to action.

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Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos for American Folklife Center Collection

Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.

Survey: Library Ebook Growth Slowing but Still Substantial

Survey: Library Ebook Growth Slowing but Still Substantial

Ninety-five percent of public libraries currently offer ebooks to patrons, up from 72 percent in 2010, and 89 percent in both 2012 and 2013. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to add ebooks or expand collections, according to Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report, sponsored by Freading.

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Big Bang Press, a New Publisher for Fan Fiction Writers and Artists

Big Bang Press selects fan fiction writers and artists and invites them to create and professionally publish original work. The publisher’s debut title, A Hero at the End of the World, releases on November 11.

Classroom Management Tricks: Timers and a tool to control noise | Cool Tools

Classroom Management Tricks: Timers and a tool to control noise | Cool Tools

As every teacher knows, good classroom management can make the difference between a great class experience and a poor one. While technology doesn’t replace the need for a solid approach to classroom management, tech tools, including these, can certainly help.

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Ebooks are here to stay, and the offerings geared toward young children expand every day. Still, the debate about their use among early learners rages on. What is the case for and against ebooks in supporting early literacy? And what about screen time? Two sides weigh in.


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21st Century Approach to Test Preparation – ACT/SAT/Advanced Placement

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
Join this informative webinar to review trends and learn about how online study tools that adapt to a student’s study habits and schedules lead to success for not only the student – but also the school and community! Two featured services will include ePrep (ACT/SAT Prep) and BenchPrep (AP and advance course study.)
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Keeping Libraries Relevant: Using Technology • Understanding Informational Text • Improving Literacy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Elementary and middle school libraries have always been a central location for learning and resources. With the changing educational standards and the growing use of technology, libraries are growing and changing as well. Join Rourke and our expert panelists as we discuss how technology, informational text, and literacy are the keys to keeping libraries relevant for students and teachers.
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Fiction & Nonfiction for Middle and High School Readers

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us a for an exclusive free preview of upcoming fiction and nonfiction titles that will appeal to your Middle and High School readers. With topics ranging from the former Soviet Union and medieval times to cell phones and video games, there will be plenty of new and existing series titles to get excited about. Register Now!

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Pictures of the Week: Librarians Get a Shout Out at MN Hockey Game | SLJ Summit 2014

Last weekend, librarians flocked to St. Paul, MN, to attend the SLJ Leadership Summit (October 25–26), and while at a Minnesota Wild hockey game, they got a special shout out from ABDO Publishing.

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