September 21, 2017

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Friday Finds: September 15, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Reconnecting with My Teens as Adults to Help Houston Librarian Humor: Regional Picture Books You Never See in the Library, but Maybe Should MakerSpace: DIY Iron On Patches Book Review: Slider by Pete Hautman Book Review: Night Shift by Debi Gliori SLJTeenLive: Building a Teen MakerSpace on a Budget […]

Friday Finds: September 8, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Having a Growth Mindset Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson The Teacher I Met and How Hurricane Harvey will Affect Her Classroom Book Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden Book Review: Neighborhood Girls by […]

Sunday Reflections: On Having a Growth Mindset

If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know that I have recently acquired a ukulele.   This marks a rather startling change in my life. Well, actually, attending a workshop titled Ukuleles in Storytime was probably when the change occurred. I’m not entirely sure why I signed up for that pre conference session, […]

Friday Finds: September 1, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How to Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey Recently in Book Mail Book Review: Boy Seeking Band by Steve Brezenoff Blog Tour Book Review: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez #MHYALit: Seven Responses for Those Left Behind, a guest post by author Kat Colmer Book Review: […]

Blog Tour Book Review: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

  From the publisher: From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.  There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape […]

Recently in Book Mail

Book mail has picked up considerably – all of these have arrived on my doorstep within the last two weeks. I’m not entirely sure why things have picked up, but I am also admittedly not an expert on publishing and its seasons. But who’s complaining? I guess my one complaint is that I don’t have […]

Friday Finds: August 25, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: At Least They’re Coming to the Library ISN’T Always the Right Idea TPiB: Superhero Lock-In by Michelle Biwer Things I Never Learned in Library School: That Time Someone Asked for Help Printing out Swastikas Book Review: Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson #SJYALit: Walk A Mile In Their […]

TPiB: Superhero Lock-In by Michelle Biwer

The recent release of the amazing Wonder Woman film was the perfect excuse to host another teen lock-in for two hours on a Friday evening. With 3 floors of library to work with, there was lots of opportunity to let the teens run around (literally) and utilize all of our meeting rooms for different activities. […]

Friday Finds: August 18, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Talking with Teens about Charlottesville A Grief Moderated: Middle Grade Fiction for Young Readers Dealing with Loss – Guest Post by Kerry Sutherland What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA August 2017 I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review I Went to a STEAMFest […]

A Grief Moderated: Middle Grade Fiction for Young Readers Dealing with Loss – Guest Post by Kerry Sutherland

Most tweens and young teens have experienced death, perhaps of a distant, elderly relative or of a beloved pet. What about those who have lost a parent, sibling, or close friend? When a teacher, guidance counselor, or concerned adult approaches us for recommendations for middle grade fiction that will support the management of the complicated […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer

Last week I hosted my second movie matinee of the summer for teens. I was expecting these events to be very popular, as the first event was a screening of Moana sponsored by a local restaurant. I really thought catered food would be the way to my teens’ hearts, but attendance was low. I was […]

Friday Finds: August 4, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who are we marketing YA lit to? MakerSpace: Legos! The one tool every makerspace needs? Book Review: The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian The Day The Teen Discovered Hoopla and Everything Changed Book Review: Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens Around the Web THE LAST MAGICIAN is on […]

Friday Finds: July 28, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Day I Did Everything Wrong MakerSpace: How to turn a photo into a silhouette – and make it into a book page button of course! Book Review: The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan Video Games Weekly: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy July #ARCParty: A look at some late […]

Friday Finds: July 21, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, as the Mother of Daughters, is a Good Day for Geekdom MakerSpace: Button Making is All the Rage (The Complete Button Making Index) MakerSpace: The #ButtonFun Gallery Book Review: Madness by Zac Brewer MakerSpace: How to Design a Button Video Games Weekly: Stardew Valley Recently in book mail […]

Friday Finds: July 14, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When the Opioid Crisis Hits the Library MakerSpace: 5 Ways We Transformed T-Shirts into Something New MakerSpace: Summer of Shirts Index and Gallery Book Review: The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller YA is Ultimately for Teens, and That’s Okay Join the TLT Teen Advisory Board! What’s New […]

Friday Finds: July 7, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: “These Kids Lead Dark Lives”, the Summer The Teen Learned about Privilege Recently in Book Mail MakerSpace: Teaching Teens to Use Canva to Design their Own T-shirts (Laser T-shirt Transfers) #SJYALit: Government Dystopia Booklist Book Review: Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh Around the Web Summer Reading For Your […]

Eid al-Fitr Exploration by Michelle Biwer

At my library we have recently started a quarterly cultural exploration series. These events are whole library affairs in which we partner with local organizations to educate and celebrate our diverse community. Most recently I coordinated an exploration of Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday following Ramadan. We partnered with a local mosque to create fun […]

Recently in Book Mail

Let me just start off with a disclaimer – I don’t get nearly as much book mail as Amanda or Karen. For a lot of reasons, probably, but mainly because I don’t review as many as they do. That said, it is always fun to come home to a package on my doorstep that obviously […]