November 17, 2017

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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 […]

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 […]