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Archives for September 2016

New York Libraries To Offer Wi-Fi Hotspots to Needy Students

New York City Schools partners with the city’s three library systems, Google, and Sprint to bring free, year-long Wi-Fi service to households without it.

Friday Finds: September 30, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Where’d you go, VOYA? Middle School Monday: T-Shirt Representation Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public […]

Island of Misfit Boys (and Girls) | “Miss Peregrine” Movie Review

At first glance, the pairing of Ransom Riggs’s macabre 2011 coming-of-age novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and director Tim Burton would seem like a match made in movieland heaven.

MI Teens Raise Suicide Awareness in Library Project

Using paint and duct tape, teens upcycled old library phones to create displays that boost suicide prevention awareness and spread the message: You Matter.

Endangered Series #9: Pony Pals

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

Teen Coloring Postcards: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 5

Although we have a Teen MakerSpace that tends to be technology focused, we have also found that our teens want and enjoy a lot of more traditional arts and crafts. In fact, we have created both a drawing and teen coloring station in our Teen MakerSpace and both have proven to be very popular. So […]

Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown | SLJ Review

BROWN, Box. Tetris: The Games People Play. illus. by Box Brown. 253p. First Second. Oct. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781626723153.

Gr 9 Up –Brown immerses readers in the complicated origins of one of the world’s most popular video games, Tetris. Its creator, Alexey Pajitnov, was a computer scientist who became obsessed with how games and puzzles affected human psychology. Before long, Pajitnov became caught up in a prototype he’d designed based on a childhood game and shared it with […]

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston Dutton, March 2016 Reviewed from a final copy I’m not for sure where I’m landing in this review, so I guess I’ll have to write it and see where I end up. Ha, I guess I’m flying right now, and I’m hoping this review (or you all, […]

Graphic Novel Roundup

Well, if there was ever a doubt that graphic novels can have what it takes to get a shiny sticker, the last couple of years have proven that they can!  It is easy to imagine the conversations that might happen around art and graphic novels at an award committee discussion, but it is harder, for […]

This Week’s Comics: Star Over the Stone Forest

You won’t know where to start after seeing all the new releases out this week! Archie Comics continues their reboots with a new look for Josie and the Pussycats. Marvel Comics releases the complete collection of the Mini Marvels, and Toonhound Studios brings some education to maritime lore with Baggywrinkles A Lubber’s Guide to Life […]

This Week’s Comics: Star Over the Stone Forest

You won’t know where to start after seeing all the new releases out this week! Archie Comics continues their reboots with a new look for Josie and the Pussycats. Marvel Comics releases the complete collection of the Mini Marvels, and Toonhound Studios brings some education to maritime lore with Baggywrinkles A Lubber’s Guide to Life […]

TLCafe for October (and it’s YOUR turn to lead!)

This coming Monday, October 3 at 8:00 PM Eastern, TLCafé  features a very special conversation.  Are You Ready? with guests Andrew Marcinek, CIO at Worcester Academy and Former Chief Open Education Advisor for the Office of Educational Technology, and Stony Evans, library media specialist at Lakeview (AK) High School will address Open Education Resources and what […]

Mirrors and Windows

Last year, my second grader came home one day and started telling me about Malala. Her teacher had used a biography of the recent Nobel Prize winner as the example book at the beginning of their biography unit. This week, my now third grader came home with assignment inspired by The Ballad of Mulan by Song […]

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]

Making Text Transfer Chalkboard Speech Bubbles: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 4

Here we are, day 4 discussing outreach and let’s talk about making chalkboard speech bubbles as photo booth props. Full disclosure: I have awful penmanship. I write myself notes and then later, I have no idea what they say. None. So I was worried about how we were going to make our speech bubbles for […]

From Pop-Up to App, “With a Few Bricks” | Touch and Go

Pat the Bunny was one of the first interactive books to make the leap to the iPad; others have followed. Here’s one from Vincent Godeau.

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet | SLJ Review

SWEET, Melissa. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White. illus. by Melissa Sweet. 176p. bibliog. chron. index. notes. photos. HMH. Oct. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544319592. POP

Gr 3-7 –Throughout his life, E.B. White (1899–1985) divided his time between New York City and Belgrade Lakes in Maine. He drew inspiration for his books from the bucolic setting near author Sweet’s own home and studio. Readers and writers will relate to stories of White’s childhood—he was “scrawny” and “fearful” […]

Pre-NYCC News: Tom Taylor’s ‘The Deep’ Returns in a New Format

New York Comic Con is coming next week, and that always means there are a lot of pre-convention announcements. BOOM! Studios has been rolling them out one at a time, and this one is of particular interest to GC4K readers: In 2017 they will publish The Deep, by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer, as a […]

#3 David Levithan (S1 E3)

Travis: Taking another walk down memory lane today as we post all our past episodes here at The Yarn blog. In this episode we talk to Sunny Side Up editor, successful YA author, and recent School Library Journal cover subject David Levithan. We hope you enjoy the episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on […]

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Data and Findings

Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.