Sage advice for college students could net participants a free copy of Zest Books’s 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College. I’m not sure “learn how to cook spaghetti” is one of them.
Teen Tech Week (March 9-15), DIY@your library is almost upon us. YALSA shared ten tips for making the experience great for your teens, your library, and you.
A teen slips into a dangerous mental state after seeing an apparition of a girl who has gone missing in 17 & Gone; Landry Park introduces a future world in which the gentry hearken back to the Victorian era; and award-winning John Corey Whaley knocks another one out of the park with Noggin.
Young Adult Library Services Association members can apply for 10 $1000 mini-grants for use during Teen Tech Week on March 9-15, 2014. The award is funded by Best Buy.
Text Messages is a monthly podcast service that makes it easy to stay up to date with the latest titles and trends in young adult literature.
Why should we study primary source documents? These are artifacts created by the people who lived through the events and time periods under study. Providing students the opportunity to study primary sources can give rise to student inquiry and encourage them to speculate about each source, its creator, and the context in which it was produced. The Library of Congress has millions of primary source documents and tools for teachers and students to dig into, 24/7.
The Kingdom of Little Wounds is a complicated, intense, and provocative story for mature teen readers set in late-16th-century Skyggehavn, Scandinavia. SLJTeen caught up with the multitalented Susann Cokal to chat about her opulent and triumphant debut YA novel.
Mariko Nagai’s Dust of Eden reminds readers of a time when the U.S. government sent its citizens to prison camps. Fans of thrillers will want to launch into Megan Miranda’s Hysteria, which follows a girl with murderous inclinations into the private school world, where “secrets are currency.”
If you are looking for a change of pace multimedia tool that spices up and informs your presentations, you should really spend some time with PowToon. Its basic (free!) features allow you to create a video up to five minutes in length using their music, animations, and various templates.
John Locke’s Department of Urban Betterment (DUB) is behind the 2012 installation of mini-libraries in New York City telephone booths. Now DUB is at it again with the concept and design of the Inflato Dumpster, giving the phrase “dumpster diving” a whole new meaning.
Kiese Laymon’s debut novel, Long Division, is about 14 year-old City Coldson, an outspoken, slightly chubby, black boy who is sent to stay with his grandmother in Mississippi. Readers will love Laymon’s frank, hilarious take on life in Mississippi in 2013, 1985, and 1964.
A Partnership for Success: The Jacksonville Public Library and University of North Florida Summer Tutoring Program
In an August issue of SLJTeen, we covered a program run by University at Buffalo’s Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction that matched graduate students with 180 elementary school students to advance their reading and writing schools over the summer. We asked readers to tell us about other programs like it, and the Southeast Regional Library (FL) stepped up with their collaboration with University of North Florida’s education undergrads.
SLJTeen reviewers take a look at an interesting mix of books. From a creepy short story collection to a novel told backwards, these titles have something for every reader.
Sarah Zettel continues to turn out the hits for teen readers, and Palace of Spies is no exception. The Scar Boys is partly based on author’s Len Vlahos’s own experience playing in a punk band in high school, while learning how to become a good friend.
Technology makes everything simpler and more efficient, right? Maybe not always, but with teachers’ class sizes increasing, we’re all looking for tools to help manage their work load. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares info about a free Chrome extension that has been useful at his school. Kaizena allows teachers to grade student work and provide audio feedback, comments, or even a URL link right on their shared Google Doc.
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. She’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. She stumbles upon a warehouse party where, among other things, Elise discovers she has what it takes to be an awesome DJ. Macmillan is giving five lucky winners the chance to get a copy of Leila Sales’s latest title, This Song Will Save Your Life.
Know a deserving school librarian, media specialist, or teacher-librarian? AASL has many opportunities for recognizing their smarts, bravery, and innovative style through its 2014 Awards program. And the online awards database promises to make the nomination process easier than ever.