February 24, 2017

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Friday Finds: February 24, 2017

This Week at TLT Middle School Monday: Short Stories + Book Covers = Creativity Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Giveaway Book Review: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, a guest post by Callum (age 10) #SJYALIt: Socio-Economic Diversity in YA […]

Middle School Monday: Short Stories + Book Covers = Creativity

I love short stories. I love them as a reader* and I’m excited at their potential for us as librarians. Short stories give us an accessible way into ELA classrooms with a bite-sized unit that we can connect to the curriculum by exploring figurative language, plot devices, or vocabulary. Using excellent short story collections like […]

Friday Finds: February 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Muslim Voices Middle School Monday: Spy on History Blog Tour and Giveaway Book Review: American Street by Ibi Zoboi Dr. Bully, a guest post by M.G. Hennessey Everything, Everything Movie Trailer is Here! TPiB: 3 cheap and easy after school programs #SJYALit Hello, I’m Your Social Justice Librarian, a […]

#SJYALit Hello, I’m Your Social Justice Librarian, a guest post by Perlita Payne

I became the Social Justice Librarian at Alameda County Library in September. I had gotten my MLIS the year before while working for many years at a health center in an urban high school. After graduation, I was an hourly Reference Librarian at a couple of public library systems including the one that I now […]

Middle School Monday: Spy on History Blog Tour and Giveaway

We are pleased to be today’s stop for the Spy on History blog tour! Here is the question put to me: If you could go back to anytime or place in history, where would you put your spy skills to use? This is such a difficult question! So many times in history would be fascinating […]

Friday Finds: February 10, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Dear World, Here’s What We Want You to Know about Teen Girls Middle School Monday: It’s All About the Memes #SJYALit Reading Lists: Disability in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis Book Review: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson Love and Justice: What […]

Middle School Monday: It’s All About the Memes

This is going to be another one of those posts where I’m almost embarrassed to share this idea because it is so EASY. SIMPLE. But, who among us wouldn’t like some shared, simple ideas for library engagement? I ALWAYS want some! [That means: bring ‘em on, people!] Over the summer, I had hung up some […]

Friday Finds: February 3, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: My Fellow Americans, You’re Breaking My Heart Cover Reveal: 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright Middle School Monday: What We Say—and Don’t Say—Matters Book Review: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley Book Review: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu So You’re a Librarian (or Library), What […]

Middle School Monday: What We Say—and Don’t Say—Matters

Our students are listening to us. Being neutral—or quiet—is also being registered by our students. They are noticing what we say. What we do. They also notice the silence. Every one of us is on a different spot on our journey of cultural competency.* I was thinking this weekend about what is going on in […]

Friday Finds: January 27, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: This is Why I Marched Here We Are: Feminism & Social Justice In Action by Kelly Jensen (#SJYALit: Social Justice in YA Lit) Book Review: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen Book Review: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins Here We […]

Friday Finds: January 20, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Greater words than ours Middle School Monday: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri Book Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera #SJYALit: How does real life and research fit with LGBT young adult lit? A guest post by Alex B Video Games Weekly: Why You Should Buy […]

Middle School Monday: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Last week, I wrote about the books on the top of my TBR pile of dreams. All were published in late 2016 or early 2017. Except one. Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri (Candlewick Press) came out in 2011. Honestly, these are my favorite titles to be on my TBR lists, because it feels like I’m […]

Friday Finds: January 13, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: This is what happened when they showed a picture of the “Real Jesus” in church today? A discussion on why Representation Matters. Middle School Monday: Lovely TBR Lists. Piles. Dreams. Book Review: Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley Book Review: The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of […]

Middle School Monday: Lovely TBR Lists. Piles. Dreams.

If you’re coming back to work after a winter break, welcome! I hope it was restful. Oddly (and wonderfully), I did very little work over break. Except reading, if you count that as work. Which I don’t. Obviously. But, isn’t it dreamy that READING is technically considered part of our work? [Which is probably why […]

Friday Finds: December 30, 2016

This Week at TLT Uppercase Unboxing #3 Carrie Fisher: Rebel Princess, The Library and Me Video Games Weekly: Best Console Games for Teens in 2016 MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification Around the Web Why Are Americans Less Charitable Than They Used to Be? We Learned A Lot […]

Uppercase Unboxing #3

My third and final review box from Uppercase has arrived, and this one is a real winner. The signed book is Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. Here is the publisher’s summary: Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside […]

Middle School Monday: Summerlost Review by Librarian Alison Ching!

A little while ago, I wrote about how important it is for us as school librarians to advertise [and advocate for] our literacy roots. As part of shouting out our literature bonafides, I invited you all to think of a book you might like to write about so it could be featured on Middle School […]

Friday Finds: December 16, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: But What Will the History Books Say? MakerSpace: Making a Photo Booth Prop Holder Middle School Monday: Non-Fiction Articles that You Know…Matter. 17 2017 YA Books To Have On Your Radar Sassy is gone forever, but lucky you, there’s Teen Vogue Video Games Weekly: Pokemon Sun and Moon #SJYALit: […]

Middle School Monday: Non-Fiction Articles that You Know…Matter.

Do you have a printer somewhere in your library? [Silly question.] If you’re like me, on certain days of the week, you see a slew of non-fiction articles printed to be used as ‘article of the week’ assignments for work on annotations. Like I hope we all have, I’ve been reading about the water protectors […]

Friday Finds: December 9, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How the 2016 Election is Effecting Teens, Week 3 (A tweet story by Mary Hinson) Criticism, Boycotts, Free Speech and Censorship – Oh My Favorite YA Books of 2016 Middle School Monday: A Crucial Strand of PD. Part Two. Screening The 13th: Questions to ask yourself #SJYALit #MHYALit: What […]