Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.
These librarians are committed to giving African American youth, particularly those in low-income communities, reasons to visit their school or public libraries—and to increasing the variety of materials that draw them into reading.
SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.
Librarian Robin Brenner highlights programs and events at the 2015 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, which took place November 6–8 in Portland, OR. This year’s conference widened its purview to include services and programming alongside literature, which was reflected in the theme, “Bringing It All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.”
The Global Read Aloud is in full swing, but it’s not too late to join or glean tips from this popular annual project for connecting readers across the globe.
The team that pulled together the first LumaCON! in Petaluma, CA is at it again, gearing up for the second annual comic convention in January. You’ll see why they’re the real superheroes among us.
Author G. Neri speaks with public librarians about the rigors and rewards of working with young adults who are at risk.
An imaginative and rigorous teen internship experience at the La Vista (NE) Public Library requires commitment and offers valuable experience.
A teen services librarian in Salt Lake City discovered the key to helping older kids with autism spectrum disorders participate in library programs: iPads.
Partnering with the Boston charity organization Boston Super Heroes, a Massachusetts librarian hosted an superhero-themed event, with Spider-Man climbing the bookshelves and Star-Lord ready for a dance-off.
SLJ’s final fall Maker Workshop webcast gave participants an inside look at successful maker programs. Participants heard from Mick Jacobsen and Amy Holcomb of Skokie (IL) Public Library, followed by Oli Sanidas of Arapahoe Library District (CO). Denton (TX) high school librarian and maker guru Colleen Graves wrapped things up.
Heather Booth discovers a new way to bring an intergenerational maker program—and benefit the community—to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL.
Two experts in the maker movement, Allison Vannatta and Nick Taylor, shared hard-won secrets during SLJ’s online Maker Workshop.
International Games Day (November 21) gives participating libraries a chance to raise awareness about gaming in libraries, engage with their students and patrons in a different way, and bring together gamers from across their community.
Want to make a splash for YALSA’s Teen Read Week (TRW) from October 18–24? Look no further than SLJ‘s TRW Pinterest page curated by blogger, collection development librarian, and guest pinner Molly Wetta.
The prison reform movement is putting a spotlight on educational opportunities for youth in custody, including library services and greater access to technology.
Book club participants at Camp Glenwood want to read about “something real—about people who have made it after being in trouble,” says Kris Cannon, who leads the club. That includes works by Jarvis Jay Masters, Matt de la Peña, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Walter Dean Myers, and others.