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October 1, 2014

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Engaging the Reluctant Middle Grade Reader

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us for this free one-hour webcast moderated by Kira Moody, a youth services librarian at the Whitmore Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. You’ll get a sneak peak at intriguing new books about life in prison, the mysteries of the Mawangdui tombs, and the fascinatingly gross side of science, from Charlesbridge and Darby Creek. We’ll also look at electronic and audio options for readers who prefer their stories in digital formats.
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Books for Boys 2014

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us for our Books for Boys webcast to be sure you have the latest releases ready for your readers. Our featured panelists from Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and Tor Books will discuss genre trends, hot new releases, and upcoming titles.
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Inspire Inquiry with Digital Nonfiction and Imagery

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
What new, differentiated strategies can school librarians use to support students – and their classroom teaching colleagues – in evaluating, synthesizing, and contextualizing nonfiction digital content? What experiences can be offered that will inspire students to communicate, collaborate, and think both critically and creatively within a framework of inquiry-based learning? Get new answers in this powerful, practical, 60-minute discussion with live Q&A! Register Now!

Finding a Formula for Independent Reading

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In this informational webcast, we’ll explore the latest research and philosophies behind independent reading to unlock some of the mysteries around student engagement and motivation — including things K–12 schools can do to redefine independent results—and you’ll get practical ideas for building an affordable, engaging, and effective independent reading program in your school. Register Now!

Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
From family strife during the Vietnam era to an alternative Victorian London, our sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2014 Teen Book Buzz! Join representatives from Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Llewellyn, and Egmont as they tell us about books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! Register Now!

Rick Riordan: Live from Mount Olympus

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT– 60 minutes
Think you (or your classroom or school) can stump Rick Riordan when it comes to Greek mythology? We’ll be testing him live! You’ll have a chance to submit a question when you register, and if your question is chosen you’ll receive a signed copy of Rick Riordan’s new illustrated collection, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. SLJ Reviews Editor Kiera Parrott will be on hand to ask the questions. Register Now!

Let’s Talk About Banned Books: Using Them, Displaying Them, and Dealing with Challenges to Your Library Collection

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join SLJ for an important discussion with SLJ columnist Pat Scales, along with authors M.E. Kerr and Todd Parr as they provide practical advice when dealing with book challenges and hear the authors’ perspective on their books that have been banned over the years. You’ll also hear from Youth Services librarian Heather Accero on ways that librarians can celebrate, display, and use these books. Register Now!

Nonfiction for Young Readers

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This free webcast, moderated by Audrey Sumser, teen librarian at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system in Ohio, will look at the latest offering of titles on subjects including, social studies, geography, science and math, for beginning readers and elementary children up through high school students, all with strong applications for both school and public libraries, to keep your young learners at the head of their class! Register Now!

Serving Diverse Readers | SLJ Diversity Webcast 2014

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Books that showcase a variety of multiethnic communities, are populated with diverse characters, and explore our shared humanity, continue to be an increasingly important issue in the global world in which we live. Librarians, educators, and publishers have long been at the forefront of addressing that need. From an anthology of stories by Native American authors to nonfiction that challenges stereotypes, the backlist and new titles shared by Annick Press and Capstone Publishing during this virtual event will be of special interest for your readers. Archive is now available!

What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards

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From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.
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Lerner Publishing Group Fall 2014 Librarian Preview Webinar

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Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the fantastic new books that will be published Fall 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this Fall. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.
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Using Ebooks to Serve Different Student Populations

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From reluctant readers and English language learners to kids with special needs, students of all backgrounds and abilities can benefit by using ebooks. Join us as our expert panel of school librarians discusses ways to use ebooks to promote literacy across a variety of student populations. During this free webcast, we’ll explore proven techniques for leveraging ebooks to help meet the instructional needs of different types of students. Plus, you’ll glean practical tips on the best ways to engage readers of all ages and reading levels. Archive is now available!

Andy Griffiths Book Talk | Free Livestream Webcast

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Join us for a FUN and exclusive webinar with the international and New York Times bestselling author as he discusses The Treehouse Series, his newest (and funniest) middle grade series about the writing process. Andy will discuss The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehouse, the first two books in The Treehouse Series that stars himself (Andy) and the illustrator of the series (Terry) and follows them through the creative writing process. The question is: Can Andy and Terry finish writing their next book while living in an amazing treehouse with distractions like flying cats, giant bananas, bumper cars, and a marshmallow shooter? Archive is now available!

Teen Books for Spring: New Fiction, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels

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Shake off the winter doldrums with a sneak peek at exciting new teen titles coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lerner Publishing Group this spring. From a basketball ball-playing poet (Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover) to a dragon-slaying teen in an alternative US (E. K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen) to a modern-day Nancy Drew (Beth Fantaskey’s Buzz Kill) to a girl reconciling with her father (Corinne Demas’s Returning to Shore), the teens featured in these YA books will draw in readers. Archive is now available!

On the Road with CCSS: Issues and Solutions to Implementation | On Common Core 2014

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For the past year and a half, author and Rutgers University lecturer Marc Aronson, and Sue Bartle, the school library system director at New York’s Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, have been traversing the country presenting workshops on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for teachers and librarians. In this session, they report on what they have been seeing and hearing on their travels with a focus on the successes, both small and large, that educators have made in implementing the CCSS. They provide listeners with a collection of ideas and resources to use in the classroom. Register Now!

Text Sets: Blueprints for Curriculum Building | On Common Core 2014

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Educators have witnessed the power of children’s and young adult literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, differentiate instruction, and understand the potential of multimodal texts to transform classrooms. In this webcast, Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Dawes, co-authors of Teaching with Text Sets, take educators on a nuanced tour of the role of multimodal, multigenre text sets in the classroom. An overview of text sets and a discussion of the presenters’ process for creating them offer attendees instructional models to serve as blueprints for curriculum building. Register Now!

Genre in the Common Core State Standards | On Common Core 2014

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place considerable emphasis on genre. In this presentation, Nell K. Duke, co-author of Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K to 8 Classrooms, explains how the CCSS address genre in the reading and writing standards. She shares examples of projects that engage students in authentic reading and writing specific genres highlighted in the CCSS, and describe the ways in which school librarians can provide impetus and support for these kinds of projects.
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What’s Happening at the Core? | On Common Core 2014

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Four years after the first Common Core State Standards (CCSS) arrived in pilot states, educators are still grappling to understand them, assemble appropriate materials, and adjust curriculum and teaching methodologies. During this free webcast we will take a look at the current state of the Common Core, hear from experts in the field on issues surrounding implementation, and explore publishers’ responses to the CCSS. Archive is now available!

Using Nonfiction in the Library, the Classroom and at Home

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT Join us for our Nonfiction Webcast to be sure you have the latest releases ready for your readers. Our featured panelists from Gale (part of Cengage Learning), Scholastic Library Publishing and ReferencePoint Press will discuss the trends in nonfiction, hot new releases, and upcoming titles. Archive is now available!

Penguin Live! A Webcast with Thirteen Reasons Why Author, Jay Asher!

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET New York Times bestseller and teen favorite Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher continues to inspire empathy and anti-bullying discussion in schools across America. Join us to hear Jay talk about his work, his inspiration, and Thirteen Reasons Why—a powerful story that broaches the sensitive issues faced by high schoolers today. We encourage you to set up an assembly for this Livestream Event so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate.
Archive is now available!