FALL 2014 (volume 14, number 4)


Maps in Literature for Youth
Use the maps found in fiction books for children and young adults to jumpstart 21st century skills related to analyzing primary sources, using online map and satellite image resources, and constructing maps. Explore how maps of real places and imaginary worlds can be woven into technology-rich learning experiences across the curriculum. Leave with a list of over 100 fiction books and matching activities that help youth develop a passion for maps and reading. Learn More...

Get the Facts! A Dozen Ideas for Connecting Nonfiction,
Informational Reading, and Literature for Youth

Boring, lifeless nonfiction books are out! Engaging, visually-rich informational reading is in! While youth may read informational books for pleasure, nonfiction works can also be used to explore ideas, gain insights, broaden perspectives, and build knowledge. In this session, you’ll learn to spice up the youth nonfiction section of a school or public library.

Explore a wide range of informational texts. In addition, examine a dozen issues related to selecting quality, complex texts, addressing the needs of reluctant readers, and engaging young people in stimulating reading experiences. Learn More...

SUMMER 2014 (volume 14, number 3)


Say Cheese! Promote 4-H with Photography
From Facebook to your local newspaper, your eyes are attracted to photographs. In this fun, visual workshop, you’ll learn to identify opportunities for promotional photos, take quality photos, and share them in ways that will attract new youth participants, teen leaders, volunteers, and support for your 4-H program. Bring your 4-H program alive for your local community through powerful photographs. Learn more...


A Healthy Volunteer Program: Recruiting & Sustaining 4-H Volunteers
An influx of quality volunteers can energize your 4-H program. In this engaging, interactive workshop, you’ll learn to identify characteristics of effective volunteers, locate enthusiastic participants, persuade them to get involved, and keep them motivated. This quick-paced session will provide dozens of ideas for jumpstarting your volunteer program. Learn more...

spring 2014 (volume 14, number 2)

infographicsInfographics & Inquiry: Practical Ideas for School Libraries
Infographics can play an exciting role in inquiry-based learning. Explore ways to help teachers and students select, use, and create infographics for projects across the curriculum. Also, learn to build physical and virtual library collections that incorporate infographics. Finally, incorporate infographics into school library marketing and promotion. Learn more...

Infographics Part 2: More Practical Ideas
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Winter 2014 (volume 14, number 1)

book library

Books and Libraries: An Evolving Relationship
Increasingly our youth are finding online and digitized versions of books are available and easy to access. Does this mean the end to print materials? How is the relationship between books and libraries changing with the introduction of e-books and digital collections? Learn more...

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