March 27, 2017

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Middle School Monday: Jumpstart Creative Writing with Storybird Poetry

Have you been using Storybird? It’s a wonderful free digital tool that uses images to unlock creative writing in our students [and ourselves!]. Sometimes, writing poetry or prose from scratch can be daunting for students—this is why Storybird can be so effective. With Storybird, users choose the art FIRST and then create poems, picture books, […]

Friday Finds: March 24, 2017

This Week at TLT Support Libraries, Save the IMLS Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend Recently in Book Mail Middle School Monday: I Wish Donald Trump Knew That… by J. Getting Ready for May the Fourth: Some Star Wars STEAM Ideas Things I Never Learned in Library School: The Best Made Plans […]

Book Review: Pyromantic by Lish McBride

The ARC for this sequel to her 2014 novel Firebug hit my doorstep extremely early, but I still dropped everything to read it – and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this entry into McBride’s universe every bit as much as her previous novels. Rejoining her characters felt like coming home. For some context, read […]

Getting Ready for May the Fourth: Some Star Wars STEAM Ideas

Our weekly STEM program for 3 to 18 year old patrons took a turn for the galactic yesterday as we focused on Star Wars. None of the ideas I’m about to link to are my own, but I will tell you ho well they worked for us and give you some tips for success. Our […]

Getting Ready for May the Fourth: Some Star Wars STEAM Ideas

Our weekly STEM program for 3 to 18 year old patrons took a turn for the galactic yesterday as we focused on Star Wars. None of the ideas I’m about to link to are my own, but I will tell you ho well they worked for us and give you some tips for success. Our […]

Middle School Monday: I Wish Donald Trump Knew That… by J.

Creative writing…am I right? So many benefits for our students. Writing for expression. Empowerment. Literacy gains. Ownership. Imagination. Empathy. I don’t do enough of it with our students. I’m working to change that. One of my goals is to make creative writing a cornerstone of my library practice. A group of students recently participated in […]

Friday Finds: March 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who Gets to Decide What it Means to be “Real”? The Intersection of #Ownvoices, Genre Fiction, and Empathy: Guest post by Shaila Patel Book Review: BRACED by Alyson Gerber Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence Book Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and […]

Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence

A Week in Quotes. How does one tell the story of a week where our students got to meet and learn from an award-winning author? You share some quotes. Of course! I love how you made Reina a brave, strong girl. ~Jalen, 6th Grader To prepare for the lucky reality that was G. Neri serving […]

Friday Finds: March 10, 2017

This Week at TLT Middle School Monday: Preparing for Visiting Authors Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz A Day without Women Video Games Weekly: Abzu Book Review: Secrets and Sequences: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, a guest post by Callum (age 10) Around the Web […]

Middle School Monday: Preparing for Visiting Authors

This week, G. Neri is visiting our school for a week-long Writer-in-Residence. I know. I know. We’re crazy lucky. Preparing for his visit has been the focus of my teaching for over two months. Every student in our school has read Under Berlin [G. Neri’s short story from the wonderful collection Open Mic, edited by […]

Friday Finds: March 3, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? #SJYALit May 4, 1970: The Day the Vietnam War Came Home, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel Middle School Monday: Mondays that Don’t Sparkle DVD Review: Political Animals + Giveaway #SJYALit Preserving the Right to Peaceful Protest in 2017 America, […]

#SJYALit Preserving the Right to Peaceful Protest in 2017 America, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

On June 3, 1989, countries around the world watched in horror as the Chinese government cracked down on protestors in Beijing who were demanding democratic reforms from the Chinese Communist Party. Western news outlets captured the scene as tanks rolled through the streets on their way to Tienamen Square, the center point of the protest. […]

Middle School Monday: Mondays that Don’t Sparkle

When I was driving into school this morning, I was thinking about how lucky I was to work as a librarian at my school where because we are gifted with such a small student body, I’m able to build real relationships with my students. I was excited about what I was going to be teaching. […]

#SJYALit May 4, 1970: The Day the Vietnam War Came Home, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

On May 4th, 1970, tragedy struck the campus of Kent State University when National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed student protestors. The Guard fired 67 rounds over thirteen seconds into a crowd of several thousand. M1 bullets struck trees, shattered windshields, and lodged in two separate dormitories where, moments before, students had been crowding […]

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 […]