July 23, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: The Day I Did Everything Wrong

Setting the Scene: It was a T-shirt Monday. This meant that we would be spending the next six hours in the Teen MakerSpace making t-shirts with any teen who walked into the space, working straight through the traditional dinner hour. It had become our custom on these nights that someone would take our order and […]

Video Games Weekly: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a popular indie game that had been released on consoles earlier this year, although it has been available on PC platform since 2016.  It’s a role-playing farming/country life game, and while that sounds pretty boring, it’s actually pretty fun! YouTube Trailer: Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC Rated: E10+ Single or […]

MakerSpace: How to Design a Button

Button, button, who makes the button? I do! Teens do! But how? Today in the second part of our series on buttons in the Teen MakerSpace, I want to talk with you some very basics about designing a button. For the purpose of this discussion a button insert will refer to your final circle image […]

MakerSpace: The #ButtonFun Gallery

Earlier today I shared with you a summary post about button making in makerspaces. Using the hashtag #ButtonFun, I and some Twitter followers have been sharing our favorite button making tips and a gallery of our creations. Here’s a roundup.   The #ButtonFun Gallery// Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Mon, Jul 17 2017 20:33:04 Edit The #ButtonFun […]

MakerSpace: Button Making is All the Rage (The Complete Button Making Index)

One of our most popular stations in our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) has been button making. We enjoy making buttons so much that a couple of staff members have purchased their own button making machines for personal use at home (hello, yes I’m one of the […]

Sunday Reflections: Today, as the Mother of Daughters, is a Good Day for Geekdom

My Sunday Reflections are usually somber reflections on the world that I see around me, in part because there is a lot to be concerned about. But today, I rejoice. THE NEW DOCTOR IS A WOMAN!! We are huge fans of Doctor Who in the Jensen household. The first thing we recently did upon returning […]

Join the TLT Teen Advisory Board!

Did you know we have a Teen Advisory Board here at TLT? We do! We currently have 6 active TAB members and they do a variety of things like review books, share teen culture, and talk about teen issues with us. Several of our TAB members graduated or dropped out last year, so as we […]

YA is Ultimately for Teens, and That’s Okay

The other day a parent came up to me and we engaged in some good old fashioned Reader’s Advisory. Her daughter was 11, a young 11. And she wanted some recommendations for some YA titles, but she was very worried about content. In the end I told her that after talking with her, I thought […]

MakerSpace: Summer of Shirts Index and Gallery

Here are all the modify your t-shirt posts in one place with a gallery of some of our finished products. Click on the link for the instructions. TPIB: Meme ALL the Shirts! (Heather Booth) Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts: Sharpie Tie-Dye, Puffy Paint, Spray Painting MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and […]

MakerSpace: 5 Ways We Transformed T-Shirts into Something New

So the Summer of Shirts is over. Last Monday was our last day and we took all the ways we transformed shirts in the previous weeks – Sharpie tie-dye, Low Tech Screen Printing, Transfers, and more (links at end of post) – and taught our teens ways that they could then transform those shirts into […]

Sunday Reflections: When the Opioid Crisis Hits the Library

Like many libraries across the country, we talk frequently at mine about the opioid crisis happening across the U.S. and in our local communities. We have had a couple of people OD in our library and we have had to call the squad, but not nearly as much as other libraries have. We have also […]

#SJYALit: Government Dystopia Booklist

The day after Independence Day seems like a good day to share a list of titles that focuses on government dystopias. Democracy is an active process that all must participate in and work to preserve. Here are some books that look at what happens when governments go bad and we fail to hold our elected […]

MakerSpace: Teaching Teens to Use Canva to Design their Own T-shirts (Laser T-shirt Transfers)

Our Summer of Shirts is coming to an end (today is our last day) and last Monday was hands down one of my favorites: I taught teens how to use Canva to design their own images and then print them out onto a transfer sheet and make them into t-shirts. Why Canva? I wanted to […]

Sunday Reflections: “These Kids Lead Dark Lives”

This summer The Teen has been spending a lot of time with me in the Teen MakerSpace, and it has been an enlightening experience for her. Let me tell you some of what these teens have talked to her about: One of our regular teens has an incarcerated father. Two of our teens have fathers […]

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners Three MORE Ways

Earlier I shared with you 3 ways we are making fidget spinners in the Teen MakerSpace at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Today I am going to share with you 3 additional ways we have had fun creating our own fidget spinners. All three of these ways involve using a […]

ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School)

This past Sunday I had the honor of presenting with a panel of fabulous librarians about how libraries are NOT neutral spaces. Like most librarians, I spent a major part of my career proclaiming that we were. But over time, I have come to realize that we are, in fact, not. For example, if during […]

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MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and Spray Painting T-shirts

This summer is the “Summer of Shirts” in the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Every Monday we are teaching our teens a different way that we can make or modify t-shirts. So far we have done Sharpie Tie-Dye, puffy paint, and low-tech screen printing. Last Monday we […]

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners in Three Ways

This past week we spent some time setting up a DIY Fidget Spinner station at the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). There are no shortage of DIY Fidget Spinner tutorials out there and we tried several and landed on the following three for our DIY Fidget Spinner […]

Sunday Reflections: Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Lead Pipe, aka on “Due Process” in Literature and Yes, Another Discussion of MOXIE

A teen stumbles on a body in a field. Or their best friend is missing. Or they get a mysterious package in the mail. What do they do? They almost never call the police. Never. In the great tradition of Scooby Doo, they investigate themselves, because of course they do. In fact, if they didn’t, […]

Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence This past year was a rough one for The Teen. I got repeated texts from my daughter asking me to come please pick her up at school because she didn’t feel safe. She came home and talked about boys touching her and her friends in the hallways, catcalling, asking them to […]