September 17, 2017

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Take 5: Time Travel and Teens, featuring INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin

We are HUGE Doctor Who fans in my house, and many of my teens are as well. So I’m always excited to read a new Time Travel book. So today I am going to review Invictus by Ryan Graudin and share with you a few of my other favorite time travel books for lovers of […]

SLJTeenLive: Building a Teen MakerSpace on a Budget

This summer I was honored to participate in the SLJTeenLive event (if you have never attended, you are missing out on a wealth of information so put it on your calendar for next year). I also wrote an article about it for SLJ which you can read here. Today I am sharing my slides with […]

MakerSpace: DIY Iron On Patches

Our newest MakerSpace station at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County was inspired by a teen I know in Texas, and it has proven to be very popular. Technique Used: Cross Stitch Supplies Needed: Cross stitch fabric Craft floss Cross stitch needles Small cross stitch hoop Small scissors Small cross stitch patterns […]

Librarian Humor: Regional Picture Books You Never See in the Library, but Maybe Should

In the spirit of books like B is for Buckeye: an Ohio Alphabet book, I present to you a little bit of librarian humor. This was inspired by my child who stood in an ant hill while watching the homecoming parade on Saturday. For those of you not from Texas, ants are a real problem […]

Sunday Reflections: Reconnecting with My Teens as Adults to Help Houston

Last week I had the honor and the privilege of reconnecting with some teens that I used to teach and I have never been so proud. I’ve talked before about Mark Morrison, who helped organize a group called Little Lobbyists to help children with complex medical needs. This past week Little Lobbyists teamed up with […]

#SJYALit: A Bibliography of MG and YA Lit Featuring Homeless Youth

Today as part of the Social Justice in YA Lit Project (#SJYALIt), Natalie Korsavidis has compiled for us a bibliography of books that talk about youth and homelessness. You can read all the #SJYALit posts here or by clicking on the tag at the bottom of this post. Anthony, Joelle. The Right and the Real. […]

The Teacher I Met and How Hurricane Harvey will Affect Her Classroom

On Monday the family and I drove down from the DFW area to the Houston area, Katy to be specific, to help out a friend whose home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The Mr. works on cars and he went to look at their cars and see if they could be fixed or were a […]

Choosing Whose Words Have Power Over Us, a guest post by author Meg Kassel

I loved the movie Labyrinth as a little kid. Aside from being fascinated with David Bowie, I liked the main character, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), whose baby brother is stolen by Jareth (Bowie), the Goblin King. The only way to get him back is to defeat a formidable labyrinth, with traps and twists that render it […]

#MHYALit: Seven Responses for Those Left Behind, a guest post by author Kat Colmer

Today we are honored to host author Kat Colmer as part of the #MHYALit Discussion. See all of the posts in our Mental Health in Young Adult Literature series here or by clicking on the #MHYALit tag below. The release of Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix earlier this year has thrust the issue of teen […]

Sunday Reflections: How to Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Although my family lives in the state of Texas, we are far enough inland and away from the storm that we are not being affected. We are expected to have rain through all this week and there is a flood warning in effect, but it will be nothing compared to what is happening in the […]

Book Review: The Infographic Guide to College

Publisher’s Book Description: For fans of the popular Show Me How series, this illustrated guide to college life has everything a student needs to excel in their first year, from tips on getting involved around campus to advice about applying for loans and studying for exams. College survival just got graphic! Get a head start […]

Video Games Weekly: Sonic Mania

Sonic the Hedgehog is game series that was first released in 1991 on Sega.  Since then, there have been many Sonic games for a variety of consoles.  The majority of the games are fast-paced 2D platform jumpers, but like any other popular videogame series, there have been a few Sonic games that dabbled in other […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: That Time Someone Asked for Help Printing out Swastikas

These are charged political times. A little over a week ago, a group of white supremacists walked down the streets of an American town carrying Nazi flags. As a counter-protestor, Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist who drove his car into the crowd. The events of Charlottesville are being discussed everywhere, as they […]

Sunday Reflections: At Least They’re Coming to the Library ISN’T Always the Right Idea

Yesterday 95 people came into my library asking about solar eclipse glasses. The day before it was 75. I wasn’t there either day, but the Circulation staff started keeping track. That’s 170 people who came into the library and walked away empty handed. That’s a lot of negative experiences for patrons and staff both. We […]

One in Three: Teen Dating Violence and Michelle Carter – a guest post by author Heather Demetrios

Today we are honored to have Bad Romance author Heather Demetrios with us to talk about teen dating violence. She shares her experiences and thoughts regarding this serious issue and her recent release, Bad Romance. As a young adult author, I think a lot about what it feels like to be young and in love. […]

I Went to a STEAMFest and This is What I Learned

Monday night our local school district – where I live, not where I work – hosted a district wide STEAMFest and I took my family, but I also went to scope things out – as one does. Overall, this was a well crafted event that I would love to host (on a slightly smaller scale) […]

I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review

Last night, the local school district hosted a STEAMFest (more about this in a different post). One of the events they had during this day was Escape the Bus and I want to make sure everyone knows about this. Escape the Bus is a mobile escape room experience hosted by the iSchool Initiative. It is […]

Sunday Reflections: Talking with Teens about Charlottesville

Yesterday I spent a lot of time talking with The Teen about the events that happened in Charlottesville. We listened to a lot of NPR and talked about what we heard. We talked about what we didn’t hear in our church (in the sermon, although the situation was mentioned, our pastor did not explicitly come […]

MakerSpace: Outreach Activity – Book Face

I can obviously not begin to take credit for the fabulous idea of Book Face as it is undoubtedly something that you have seen all over the Internet. What I want to share with you, however, is how we did our Book Face and why we chose to do it in the way that we […]

Video Games Weekly: Slime Rancher

August is a slow month in the gaming world.  Most AAA video game developers have released their blockbuster games at the beginning of the summer season, so this week I’m going to focus on another indie game that you may not have heard of. Slime Rancher is a first person adventure game created by Monomi […]