February 25, 2018

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Junior Library Guild to Sponsor Multicultural Children’s Book Day


Junior Library Guild (JLG) is sponsoring the 2017 Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27. See complete press release below.

(NOTE: JLG is owned by Media Source, Inc., SLJ’s parent company.)


Junior Library Guild launches Multicultural Literacy Resources for Librarians, Sponsors the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 Campaign

(Plain City, OH—January 18, 2017) Junior Library Guild (JLG)—a Media Source Inc. company—promotes multicultural literacy through a series of initiatives for librarians, including sponsoring the Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) 2017 campaign.
As part of JLG’s mission to “fuel excellence in libraries, literacy, and learning,” raising awareness about the need for culturally and ethnically diverse books is critical to supporting the literacy needs of young readers.
“We believe that every student should have access to terrific books that reflect the diversity of this nation,” says Andrew Thorne, JLG’s VP of Marketing. “Books by diverse authors have long been an important component of Junior Library Guild’s offerings, and our sponsorship with MCBD is a natural extension for us.”
JLG is the honorary sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about diverse books. Through JLG’s donation of 200 diverse, award-winning, hardcover books to the MCBD Classroom Reading Challenge, teachers are able to sign up to receive a free diverse book for their classroom library. Learn more about MCBD here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

JLG has also developed a number of initiatives focusing on raising awareness about multicultural books in the library. Deborah Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, has written a white paper entitled “4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program.” JLG has hundreds of books designated as diverse in multiple genres ranging from PreK to Adult Crossover across 74 book categories; which are available online at 2017 Multicultural Book List. In addition, JLG has launched a dedicated book category, named Multicultural Elementary, which librarians can choose to receive as part of a JLG membership. Deb Ford’s 10 minute video highlights six recently published multicultural books.
Pinners can also check out JLG’s Pinterest board, We Need Diversity, which includes strategies and program ideas to help librarians even further.

About Junior Library Guild—a Media Source, Inc. Company

Junior Library Guild (JLG) is a book review and collection development service helping thousands of school and public libraries acquire the best new-release children’s and young adult books. Founded in 1929, JLG is a privately held company based in Plain City, Ohio and owned by Media Source, Inc. whose mission is to partner with librarians, teachers, organizations, parents and others to fuel excellence in libraries, literacy, and learning.
Over 21,000 librarians across the U.S. trust JLG to help them develop their library collection. JLG’s editorial team knows the children’s and young-adult literature landscape like no one else. They read and review thousands of author manuscripts per year and select only the best to become a published JLG Selection. Over 95% of #JLGSelections go on to become award-winners and/or receive favorable reviews. This credibility gives JLG a unique advantage, which benefits our members and publishers who value the prestige knowing their books are on the #JLGSelection booklist. JLG is proud to offer these newly published titles soon after release to libraries across the nation for PreK-Adult Crossover reading levels. Learn more: www.juniorlibraryguild.com

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