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2024 Junior Library Guild Bookmark Contest: Due May 13

2024 JLG Bookmark Contest

The National Library Week theme for 2024 is “Ready, Set, Library!” and from now until May 13, readers are encouraged to submit their very own JLG bookmark design!  Click here to learn more about the contest.


  1.  All designs must be submitted by an adult (librarian, media specialist, teacher, etc.) to be considered
  2. Each bookmark must depict a JLG Selection (past, present, or upcoming titles)
  3. Only one entry per reader
  4. ANY reader can submit an entry, even if their library is not subscribed to JLG 

Contest Winners

One winner will be chosen from each age group: elementary, middle, and high school.  The winning libraries will receive a $250 JLG backlist credit and have their winning design professionally printed on bookmarks for their entire school! Winning libraries will be contacted via email in May.

Science Mini Spark #21 Solar Eclipse

Is an eclipse worth seeing? You bet! On April 8, 2024, the Moon’s shadow fell on Earth, creating a total solar eclipse across North America, and if you had the chance to see it in person that is amazing. You can find videos of it online if you missed it. It’s an amazing coincidence that total eclipses happen at all — and that we’re alive at a time when we can see and predict them. So join us to find out everything you need to know before watching an eclipse.

To earn this mini spark choose one project to create

Use the dates from the video mini timeline about the history of eclipses.

Create a teaching page about a pinhole camera projector and how to make one and how it works.

Use the information from the video to write a step by step that explains what to expect during an eclipse.

Use the vocabulary words from the video to create a mini eclipse dictionary page.




Science Mini Spark #20-The Periodic Table

The periodic table of chemical elements, often called the periodic table, organizes all discovered chemical elements in rows (called periods) and columns (called groups) according to increasing atomic number. Scientists use the periodic table to quickly refer to information about an element, like atomic mass and chemical symbol. Watch this video to get started.

To earn this mini spark, choose an activity to complete. 

1. Explore this element webpage to research 5 elements that are new to you. Make a colorful learning page about each of the elements you choose.

2. Review the elements on this webpage.  Choose one element and research that element. Make a quiz game for it using what you have learned. 

 3. Learn more about atoms at this page. Make an atom teaching page. 

Science Mini Spark #19 Flamingos with Bad Knees

Read the fact card and other information at National Geographic Kids to review flamingo facts.
Go along with two cute flamingos as they attend their hydrotherapy session to help them heal.  Hydrotherapy is the use of exercises in a pool as part of treatment for conditions such as arthritis or back pain.


To earn this Science Mini Spark choose one of these projects to complete
-Write a mini flamingo dairy from the point of view of one of the flamingos from the video. Include 3 entries. Talk about the relationship with the zookeeper, the therapy, as well as the stingray encounter.
-Learn about several species of Flamingos and make a list  of 8-10 facts for each one.
-The flamingos in the video at the zoo have different experiences than flamingos in the wild. Do research and create an information page comparing and contrasting the two groups.  Use this image as a guide.



Science Mini Spark # 18 What REALLY Happened to the Dodos

What do you know about dodo birds? Record what you know on a page titled “Dodo Information”. Watch the TED Ed video that provides detailed information about these interesting birds.


Choose several of these questions to answer in thoughtful sentences. Add the responses to your dodo info page that you started before watching the video. Add any other information that you would like to your dodo information page.
  1. Describe the origin of dodos as explained in the video.
  2. How did dodos adapt to their environment on the island of Mauritius?
  3. Discuss the factors that contributed to the downfall of dodos.
  4. How did human activities, such as the arrival of Dutch sailors, impact the dodo population?
  5. In what ways did the dodo prove to be a survivor on its island home before facing extinction?
  6. How did the introduction of invasive species contribute to the decline of dodos and other Mauritian animals?
  7. Reflecting on the extinction of the dodo, what larger lesson can be learned about human impact on wildlife?

Want to know more?

Take a trip to visit Google arts and Culture and learn more about the dodo.

Language Arts Mini Spark #75-The Fijian myth of Dakuwaqa

Across the Pacific, myths and legends are passed down through oral tradition. The myth of Dakuwaqa is deeply rooted in Fijian culture and serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness between humans and the natural world, as well as the consequences of greed and disrespect for the environment.

Mini spark project choices

Write a simplified version of this myth for a younger audience.

Read about kids helping sharks.  Write about several of the projects and the kids behind the project.

Research sharks and create an information page about them.

Learn about other myth stories that involve sharks.  Take notes on the information from this article.


Science Mini Spark #17 Back to the Moon!

Watch this intro video about Odysseus’ landing that occured in February of 2024. Take detailed notes as you watch.

If you did not include the idiom mentioned in the video, at the 11th hour, add this information in your notes.

In the video it mentions humans going to Mars and how that has not happened.  Watch this video about this topic.

Write down several reasons explaining why humans have not made the trip to Mars and how going to the moon might help us get there in the future.




Social Studies Spark #56 What Is the Pineapple Express?

This mini spark will introduce your to a current events resource, the World from A-Z, that promotes critical thinking, civil discourse, and compassion in your classroom.

Watch this current events video that will help you understand the Pineapple Express along with many other topics.

Choose several of the prompts below to answer to show what you learn from the A-Z video.

  1. What is the purpose of the light festival in Copenhagen mentioned in the video?
  2. Explain what an atmospheric river is and its impact on California.
  3. How do atmospheric rivers play a role in providing rainfall on the West Coast according to scientists?
  4. Describe the concept of neuralgia discussed in the video.
  5. What potential benefits and concerns are associated with brain computer interfaces like Neuralink?
  6. Share the historical significance of February 6th as mentioned in the video.
  7. How is scorpion venom used in various fields, as explained in the video?
  8. Describe the process of extracting scorpion venom as outlined in the video

Check out more episodes at The World A-Z Video choices 

Link to EY badge-The World from A-Z