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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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

TPiB: Undertale Party

Last week, I wrote a review about the video game Undertale.  If you haven’t read it, go ahead and skim it before trying out this program! Also, be sure to ask your regular teens if they’re fans of Undertale before deciding to do this program. Undertale is a niche fandom that isn’t nearly as big […]

Making Photo Booth Props: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 3

As promised, today is day 3 in discussing our outreach modules at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County and we will be discussing making our own photo booth props for our portable photo booth that I shared with you yesterday. Why make your own props? Well, I figured since we are a […]

Before You Ask “Where Are the Parents?”

Where are the parents? TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Before you start complaining, “where are the parents?”, I would like to remind you of a few things 1/? Tue, Sep 27 2016 18:32:47 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Some parents work swing or night shift. This requires that they sleep during the day. They have no choice. 2/? Tue, Sep 27 2016 […]

Hook Them with Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

Historical fiction may not be every teen’s idea of a gripping read, but these titles are bound to immerse readers—and may even please educators, too.

Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 2

Yesterday I shared with you that this week was all about outreach and introduced you to our basic format. Today, I’m going to share with you how we created our portable outreach photo booth. Our primary outreach event is called First Fridays, which is a downtown festival with food trucks, an outdoor concert, and an […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Nonfiction

What do revered authors Maya Angelou, Alison Bechdel, and Marjane Satrapi have in common?

Creepify Your Library: Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest Board

Librarian Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest board. Check out some fun and creepy ideas for Halloween programs, displays, and more.

Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Publisher’s description From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world. In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and […]

YA Xpress Reviews | October 2016

From Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom to Gaby Triana’s latest, October’s online-only reviews include works for teens in a variety of genres—fantasy, realistic fiction, and more.

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Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we have been working really hard to do outreach for our new Teen MakerSpace. This week, I thought I would share with you what our outreach looks like. We have now put together 2 separate outreach packets, and I am working on a third. What […]

Hip-Hop, Sexual Abuse, and Reconciliation: Sonia Patel on “Rani Patel in Full Effect”

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Sonia Patel shared with SLJ what inspired her to write her hard-hitting novel set in early 90s Hawaii.

Middle School Monday: T-Shirt Representation

You may not have been expecting to open a Middle School Monday blog post and read about t-shirts, yet here we are. I love casual dress days and seeing both our students and my fellow teachers displaying their interests and personalities. Seeing a math teacher and YA enthusiast wearing a shirt emblazoned with Welcome to […]

Sunday Reflections: Where’d you go, VOYA?

Some awful things are being said by an organization that I idolized. I first discovered VOYA in the LIS Library at the University of Illinois in 2001 and reported back to my Young Adult Literature Class as if I’d just struck California gold. Did you know? I asked, Did you know there’s a journal called Voice of Youth Advocates […]

Friday Finds: September 23, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Faith Shaming and Mental Illness, Reflecting on Faith and Mental Illness for the #MHYALit Project Middle School Monday: Classroom Crossover Book Review: The Forgetting Machine by Pete Hautman Rural Poverty and THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis Book Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity […]