Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach @ JLG's LiveBinders Shelf Author of binders: Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach @ JLG Email this Shelf Post to Twitter or Facebook Embed this Shelf To email this shelf, click in the box below which will select the shelf url for copy and paste: Course: alt - Diploma Exam Prep - tips and tricks Adjectives Do you see how much more interesting adjectives can make things? Use adjectives to enhance the description of what you are saying. For example, instead of saying "I was near the ocean" you could say something like "I was near the vast, salty ocean." What other adjectives can you think of to describe the ocean?
Creative Writing at the Library As part of our ALSC mentorship, AnnMarie Hurtado from the Pasadena Public Library and I, an MLIS student at San Jose State University’s iSchool, created a survey about the use of creative writing programs, specifically for children, in public libraries. Both of us write as a passion, and I used to attend creative writing programs at my local library both as a child and teen, so we were both curious as to how public libraries encourage writing—especially now that many libraries are (rightfully) moving full STEAM ahead. Our main interest was in the kind of creative writing programs libraries held, and what the goals of those programs were—were they more educational, or designed for attendees to flex their creativity? Were they run by staff members, or did they give kids the chance to talk to real live authors?
Register your school for the Author's Apprentice You can apply for your school to take part in the Author's Apprentice 2020/2021 using the form below. It's free for schools and your students to take part - although if your school or parents want to help support the programme, there's a Patreon page over here to do so (and all donations are gratefully received). After your school's applied, we'll be in touch with you in a few working days with:
Global Read Aloud 2021 – Yes, It’s Happening #GRA21 In June 2020, I wrote a post saying that perhaps 2020 would be the last year. for the GRA That after 11 years, perhaps it was time to say goodbye, end on a high note, move on to other things. Mired by the pressures of the world, bogged down by the usual emails and comments disparaging the choices of books, overwhelmed by the world, that decision felt like the right decision at that time. In June, 2020, I could not have imagined how I would feel now in February 2021, in a world that still feels extraordinarily heavy. That is still moving at a very slow pace as we look for small glimpses of hope in the form of a vaccine, in the form of brief moments of togetherness that has eluded us for so long.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) About the Teens' Top Ten I TTT Nominees I Previous Winners I Promoting the TTT I About YA Galley YALSA has launched the Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists.
When is Halloween 2017? True story behind All Souls' Day and All Saints' Day, why we celebrate and terrifying facts Tucked between the cold nights of winter and the falling leaves of autumn we have Halloween - a time of celebration and superstition. But where did the spooky day come from and why do we celebrate it? The spookiest time of the year isn't just a time for kids to dress up and trick or treat. It's thought Halloween started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would wear costumes and roam to ward of ghosts, but it's down to Pope Gregory III's decree in the eight century that we celebrate it as we do. Why do we celebrate Halloween?
Librarian & Educator Tools Graphic Novels: Suggestions for Librarians An introduction to graphic novels: what they are, a brief history, how to develop a collection, and facing challenges. Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection This ongoing feature from CBLDF provides specific resources for librarians and educators who may need to justify and defend the inclusion of the book in library and classroom collections. For Young Writers Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers. And because a first draft is never perfect, you have the chance to receive peer and expert feedback before submitting your final piece.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) *YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. Awards & Seals | Selected Lists I Teen Book Finder app & database I Committee Contacts | Additional Resources
Building (or Rebuilding) Your Writing Practice – Kate Heartfield This is a free, seven-day, on-your-own-schedule course. Each day consists of a very short text “lecture” by me, plus a short and simple exercise, plus a quotation. Each daily section should take somewhere between five minutes and half an hour to complete. You can do them whenever you like: one per day for seven days, or all seven at once. Skip any that don’t look useful to you.
For the Love of Lit: Virtual Professional Learning… Teachers! Join us as we bring the Great American Read to your classroom. This four-part virtual professional learning series is designed for English Language Arts teachers, created FOR educators BY educators. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, this series will highlight techniques for engaging learners through essential communication skills, and present ideas for enhancing teaching practice through activities, projects, passion, and a connection to literature. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.