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September 20, 2014

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The Girl and the Squirrel: Kid Lit Author Kate DiCamillo on ‘Flora & Ulysses’

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Ahead of our exclusive webcast with kid lit authors Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka on October 21—during which they will discuss her latest book, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, and the importance of humor in children’s literature—we asked DiCamillo to field a few humorous warm-up questions.

Holy Bagumba! An exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book authors Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka

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Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:00-1:00 PM ET Join Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature emeritus Jon Scieszka as they discuss Kate’s latest book FLORA & ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES and the importance of humor in children’s literature. Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie. In her new genre-bending novel Flora & Ulysses, Kate delivers a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.
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Be the Change: Take the Lead on Standards: Common Core and More

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ETWhether your district is Common Core or not, its arrival and collision with the broad digital transition create unmatched opportunity for librarians to take leadership on meeting standards using their collection development and technology skills–mixing up materials and tools, stepping up the professional development role with teachers, innovating on the collection level, informing curriculum, and integrating digital tools.Archive now available!

Ready to Research! Navigating K-3 Curriculum Objectives

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Common Core State Standards require that we build strong research habits from the earliest grades. Calls for:
· Increased exposure to informational text
· Preparation for the rigors of text-based discussion and evaluation
· Emphasis on writing, comprehension and collaboration
All point toward the need to begin the habits of good research with our youngest students.

Join a lively presentation and discussion with Cobb County, GA elementary media specialists Ellen Adams and Tina Launey to learn how they are using Capstone’s PebbleGo database to motivate students, master curriculum objectives and prepare their students for a lifetime of learning! This archive is no longer available

Books for Kids: Spring Reading for Growing Minds

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Are you ready for an adventure? With beautiful illustrations, imaginative journeys, and timeless lessons, a great children’s book captures the hearts and minds of all generations. Whether you’re looking for the perfect book to fit in with the Common Core State Standards or you’re just looking to spice up story time, this free webcast is for you. Join Groundwood Books, Teacher Created Materials, and Random House Inc. as they present the best new upcoming books for kids from Shell Education, Archie Comics, National Geographic for Kids, Blue Apple Books, and Quirk Books. This archive is no longer available.

Be the Change: Raise the Bar with Effective Collaborations

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Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET Get the big picture and nitty gritty on what you need to about how to pull off collaborations that work–with peers, principals, public libraries, parents, and others—using partnerships as well as technology to turn gaps into opportunities for learning and leadership.Archive now available!!

Fall 2013 Librarian Preview

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Thursday, May 9, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET 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 new fantastic new books they’ll be publishing in Fall 2013. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s new series, nonfiction titles, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this January. 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. This archive is no longer available

B-Ready: Building College and Career Readiness with Digital Resources

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Monday, May 6, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET School librarians play a key role in ensuring that students have the tools and knowledge to succeed. Now, in light of the Common Core’s increased emphasis on college, career, and world readiness, is your school library equipped with the right next-generation digital resources for mastering 21st century skills? What criteria should librarians use to evaluate the digital resources available to students? And how can you best coach students to look at the resources they encounter online with the same discerning eye?

Using examples from Britannica Digital Learning’s exciting portfolio of digital solutions, this webinar will illustrate valuable criteria that school librarians can apply when evaluating online resources to support digital literacy development. Participants also will learn a new approach, using a third-party rubric, for guiding students through the objective assessment of resources they find when reading or researching online. This archive is no longer available

Engage Young Learners with National Geographic Kids!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Engage students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, and child-focused content that will bring them the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. This archive is no longer available

Spring Fling: Teen Book Buzz

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Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET From living Japanese ink drawings to the return of the nun assassins, these forthcoming spring releases are sure to appeal to every teen on your reading list. Get ahead of the curve and find out the latest and greatest hot reads for spring during SLJ’s Teen Book Buzz! Join Harlequin Teens, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and Egmont as they present the books that will have every teen chatting at their lockers. You do not want to miss this exciting webcast! This archive is no longer available

Be the Change: 10 Keys to Leadership

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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET This tour of the top keys to leadership in our changing education environment will inspire leadership at every level. This webcast kicks off the series with strategies and tactics from Shannon McClintock Miller and school library leaders on how to take steps to initiate new projects, create meaningful collaborations with classroom teachers, talk to administrators, drive tech adoption in your classroom, school, community, and more. Archive now available!

Scholastic Plans ‘39 Clues’ Baldacci Webcast at Smithsonian American History Museum

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Scholastic will offer a free, behind-the-scenes video tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with author David Baldacci as a guide. The “Decoding History” virtual field trip coincides with the release of Baldacci’s new book, “The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers: Day of Doom,” the latest in the bestselling series.

Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar

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Thursday, December 6, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM ETGet 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 January. 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. This archive is no longer available

News Bites: Celebrate Librarian’s Day

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AudioGO is inviting librarians to visit their offices in North Kingston, RI, on Friday, September 28 to celebrate their annual Librarian’s Day. Present at the festivities will be library advocate and supporter U.S. Senator Jack Reed and authors James R. Benn and Janet Taylor Lisle. Participants will tour the audiobook company’s recording studio, listen to narrators in action, and try their own hand at narrating. RSVP deadline is September 21 and everyone who fills out the form will be entered to win a selection of audiobooks worth $500.