November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

YALLFEST Recap by Michelle Biwer

I had the pleasure of attending YALLFest a few weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. YALLFest is the largest Young Adult literature festival in the US, featuring over 70 Young Adult authors and numerous publishers. I had a blast at this conference for a few reasons: ALL YALLFest events are out in the city of […]

Friday Finds: November 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Diwali Exploration by Michelle Biwer Book Review: Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer Book Review: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings Book Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza Doing a YA Diversity Audit: Answering some follow up questions, including “What about the […]

Diwali 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 Diwali, a Hindu holiday celebrated by Indians worldwide (also celebrated by those of the Sikh and […]

Friday Finds: November 10, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Where Have All the Sunday Reflections Gone? MakerSpace: Low Tech, Low Cost Printmaking Book Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone Book Review: The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves Book Review: The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster Book Review: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani Around the Web A Major Studio Teen […]

Friday Finds: November 3, 2017

This Week at TLT Collecting Comics, November 2017 Edition (by TLTer Ally Watkins) Star Wars YA Roundup by Michelle Biwer Book Review: The Ocean in My Ears by Meagan Macvie Book Review: Piper by Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg, and Jeff Stokely Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Understanding Your Local Community (Part 1) Penguin Young […]

Star Wars YA Roundup by Michelle Biwer

In 2014 after the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney relegated the Star Wars Extended Universe to non-canon status, leaving a new generation of writers a fresh canvas with which to fill in some of the backstories and gaps in Star Wars mythology. Of course any public librarian knows these new books are coming out fast […]

Friday Finds: October 27, 2017

This Week at TLT Event Recap: John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down Book Tour by Michelle Biwer MakerSpace: Using a Silhouette Cameo to Do Screenprinting Book Review: Calling My Name by Liara Tamani Using Snapchat to Engage Teens at the Library #MeToo: Teens, Libraries and Sexual Harassment Dispelling Some Myths about Public Libraries, One […]

Event Recap: John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down Book Tour by Michelle Biwer

Last week John Green, bestselling author and Printz winner for his debut novel Looking for Alaska, began the book tour for his new YA novel Turtles All the Way Down. I was lucky enough to grab a ticket for the sold out event in DC at George Washington University’s Lisner auditorium, which seated 1500 other fans. The […]

Friday Finds: October 20, 2017

This Week at TLT Silhouette Cameo 101: The Manual It Doesn’t Come With, But Should (MakerSpace) Book Review: Like Water by Rebecca Podos Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Book Review: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins TPiB: Easy Peasy DIY Jack-O-Lanterns Book Review: Here, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango and Tyler […]

Book Review: Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins

  Publisher’s summary: A contemporary story with a twinkle of magic, RUBY AND OLIVIA is a pacey, gently creepy book filled with lovable characters and snappy humor. At its core, this is the story of two girls who are not friends learning that they might have more in common than they ever expected – even […]

Friday Finds: October 13, 2017

This Week at TLT MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – Vinyl 101 Book Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta Book Review: Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G. View from the Director’s Chair Part II: Narrative Filmmaking by Lynette Pitrak October #ARCParty Book Review: […]

Friday Finds: October 6, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When You’re a Teen and a Friend Threatens Suicide Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction Book Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston New and forthcoming YA and MG to have on […]

Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I am so pleased to be a part of this blog tour celebrating the marvelous The War I Finally Won. It is everything I could have hoped for and more in a sequel to The War That Saved My Life. From the publisher: One of the most anticipated middle grade novels of the year is finally here. […]

Friday Finds: September 29, 2017

This Week at TLT Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore Workman and Algonquin Showcase and Giveaway Book Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman C2: Collecting Comics for September and October 2017 with Ally Watkins Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA September 2017 The 2018 TLT […]

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Special prize raffle at the end! From the publisher: BOOK DESCRIPTION   The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series—a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices. Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct […]

Friday Finds: September 22, 2017

This Week at TLT Book Review: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and What You Need to Know About MRAs Take 5: Some of the Best Feminist YA on Rape Culture in Quotes Book Review: Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Things I Never Learned in Library […]

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: […]