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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 […]

Friday Finds: June 30, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who needs healthcare? MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and Spray Painting T-shirts What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA June 2017 ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School) Book Review: Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation by Anthony & Annmarie Young MakerSpace: DIY […]

Sunday Reflections: Who needs healthcare?

In case you haven’t heard, this week the Senate Republicans released their ‘healthcare’ bill. I’m not here to analyze the changes this would make to our current healthcare system, but there is a good brief analysis here. I am here to talk about the impact this might have on our lives and the lives of […]

Friday Finds: June 23, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Lead Pipe, aka on “Due Process” in Literature and Yes, Another Discussion of MOXIE MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners in Three Ways Book Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer #SJYALit: The X-Men and the […]

TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer

Escape rooms and breakout rooms are a buzzworthy program in librarian world of late. I tried building my first escape room in the fall, and recently finished my second one! Here is my strategy: Steps for Building an Escape Room Pick a general theme! Murder Mystery? Based on a book? Science? Who is your audience? […]

Friday Finds: June 16, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Celebrating Six Years of TLT MakerSpace: MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kits Book Review: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack #SJYALit Booklist: Environmental Dystopia, aka Cli-Fi Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu Recently in book mail + giveaways Around the Web Jacqueline […]

Revenge of the Fifth Teen Lock-In By Michelle Biwer

I tried implementing our library’s first “Lock-In” this past fall as a way  to draw new teens to our events. The teens currently involved in my teen programs are usually high school-aged library volunteers. We hoped that Lock-Ins would serve as both fun activities for teen volunteers to plan and a new way to draw […]

Friday Finds: June 9, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: I Did Not Succeed, but I Also Did Not Fail TPiB: Wonder Woman Amazon Training Academy for Free Comic Book Day, a guest post by Liz Gotauco Book Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone My Top Ten Internet Things (IRL), a guest post by Danika Stone #SJYALit: Talking About […]

Friday Finds: June 2, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Long Term Effects of Trauma and the Kids We Traumatize MakerSpace Mondays: Making Wonder Woman Bracers/Cuffs Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Fall 2017 Showcase and Giveaway TPiB: Soldering with teens: just like hot glue, but metal Video Games Weekly: Magikarp Jump Social Justice and Mental Health: Accessibility to Treatment in […]

Friday Finds: May 26, 2017

This Week at TLT Maker Mondays: How do you make those cool graphics for social media? Resources: #MHYALit – Teens and Addiction Brochure Book Review: Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager and Zoe More O’Ferrall Blog Tour: Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag Maker Spaces […]

Blog Tour: Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag

  From the publisher: It is eight years after Colleen Cavanaugh’s home world was invaded by the Derichets, a tyrannical alien race bent on exploiting the planet’s mineral resources. Most of her family died in the war, and she now lives alone in the city. Aside from her acquaintances at the factory where she toils […]

Friday Finds: May 19, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: It’s Hard to Get Out of a Town Like This WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and Sex Positive YA, a guest post by author Sandhya Menon and a GIVEAWAY (Not so) Middle School Monday: In Which I Attend a State Library Conference What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May 2017 #SJYALit: […]

(Not so) Middle School Monday: In Which I Attend a State Library Conference

Dearest Readers, In case you missed it, almost a year ago I moved from the School Library Media Specialist arena to that of Public Library Children’s Services. (I also moved two states up the east coast.) And I can honestly say I have never felt so valued in my professional life. Several months ago I […]

Friday Finds: May 12, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Thinking About Mental Health, a #MHYALit Post by Ally Watkins In Our Mailbox: More Thoughts on 13 Reason Why, Teens and Libraries Middle School Monday: Teens, Body Image and Wonder Woman Book Review: City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino #MHYALit at Teen Lit Con Video Games Weekly: Overcooked – […]

Book Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

From the publisher: Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the […]

Book Review: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

From the publisher: Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the […]

Friday Finds: May 5, 2017

This week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Doing the Heavy Lifting at the Library, Working with a Hurting Public to Find Healing #SJYALit: The Lunar Chronicles as a Reflection of Current U.S. Political Climate, a guest post by Emily Keyes Book Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman Book Review: How to Make a Wish […]