June 24, 2016

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This Week’s Comics: Out and About

Retreat from the first of summer heat with some of the cool new releases this week. Dark Horse Comics finishes up another run of Aw Yeah Comics with Action Cat And Adventure Bug #4. Dynamite Entertainment gives Grumpy Cat and Pokey their Pinky and the Brain moment in issue #5, and Joe’s Books has cinestory […]

Friday Finds: June 24, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How Do I Talk to The Teen About Orlando? Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour with Jessica Brody Middle School Monday: Making Our Own Seat by Julie Stivers Book Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone Scenes from a Teen MakerSpace Open House #MHYALit: This Book Will Save Your […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016

Last year (wholly inspired by an idea from Matthew Cordell) we had a good time checking out all the inventive ways the boring ol’ barcode has been incorporated into the design and illustration of a picture book. It was a greatest hits gallery with some really amazing stuff. Have a look: Gallery: The Art of […]

Links: ‘Blue Monday’ Returns; ‘Awkward’ Wins Award

Image Comics has announced it will publish a new, color edition of the first volume of Chynna Clugston Flores’s classic graphic novel Blue Monday. Jordie Bellaire is the colorist for the book, which will be out in July. “I grew up reading Blue Monday in my teenage years, and it is the foundation for exposing […]

No room for a Makerspace? Try circulating tech tools

I work in a beautiful stone building with historic significance, much beloved in the community. But, like anyone who works in an older building will tell you, the beauty and ambiance come at a definite price: space, connectivity, and quirks. My library doesn’t have a Makerspace, and chances are, we won’t have one anytime in the […]

The Making of Our String Art “READ” Sign

This year, I am pretty excited because not only did we debut the new Teen MakerSpace, but I was able to hire two MakerSpace Assistants to help keep the area staffed after school and on weekends. One of my assistants is Morgan Durfee, who was an art major in college and is an awesome cos-player. […]

Morning Notes: There Are No Rules Edition

#SAVEB&N? This recent piece in the New Republic makes the case that the end of Barnes & Noble would be bad for books. That makes sense. And on a more basic level, more bookstores is better than less. Still, I’m finding it hard to root for the company that put many independents out of biz. […]

Picture Books Bios I’d Like to See (Based Entirely on Hark, A Vagrant Comics)

Okay. So now we’re finally getting some interesting picture book biographies on a regular basis.  When I was a kid you had your Helen Keller and your Abraham Lincoln and you were GRATEFUL!  These days, people are interested in celebrating more than just the same ten people over and over again.  Why this year alone […]

Getting closer to campus: Virtual reality college tours

The online college tour can be a very important experience, influencing what might be the first critical decision a young adult makes. Virtual tours of colleges and universities have been around since the beginning of the Web. They were later enriched as multimedia experiences. The game has changed. The new tours are significantly more immersive, revealing and […]

Calling All ALA Attendees: Check Out The Yarn LIVE with Kate DiCamillo

The “You” above is referring to you. In a mere three days Colby Sharp and I will be taking The Yarn on the road to interview Kate DiCamillo in front of a live audience at the American Library Association Annual Conference. DiCamillo will be unravelling her latest book Raymie Nightingale (but we might talk about […]

Review: ‘Moominmamma’s Maid’

Moominmamma’s Maid Writer/artist: Tove Jansson Drawn and Quarterly; $9.95 The late Finnish writer, artist, and cartoonist Tove Jansson’s Moomin characters have delighted readers of all ages in several very distinct corners of the globe for generations now. In our corner of the globe, Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly has been re-packaging and republishing Jansson’s comic […]

#MHYALit: This Book Will Save Your Life, a guest post by author Kathleen Glasgow

Today we are honored to host author Kathleen Glasgow as part of the #MHYALit Discussion. Her book, GIRL IN PIECES, releases in September from Delacorte Press. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I could not feel my fingers. And then I could not feel my arms. And then my shoulders, and then, and […]

Press Release Fun: Touring with Richard Peck

As I mentioned in my 2016 Day of Dialog round-up, Richard Peck was the kickoff speaker this year, just before Book Expo.  I was moderating the middle grade fiction panel that morning, so I got to hang out with Richard in the green room a little before the event.  Now I’ve met him in the […]

Scenes from a Teen MakerSpace Open House

Yesterday in celebration of The National Week of Making, we officially introduced our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) to our community by hosting an open house. Our Teen MakerSpace is normally only open to teens ages 12 through 18, but we wanted to let the public know […]

Summer Reading Picks

Memorial Day has passed. The summer solstice is here. You’ve broken out the grill. The sweltering weather has started (at least here in NYC), and visions of beaches, pools, and vacation are dancing in our heads. Depending on where in the country you live, the kids are either finished school or wrapping it up and […]

Book Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone

Publisher’s description College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life…and her last tangible connection to her deceased father. Thus, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal. Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv […]

Tru & Nelle: A Behind-the-Scenes Mini Documentary

Greg Neri.  Now there’s a guy with range.  If he isn’t writing a picture book bio of Johnny Cash he’s doing a middle grade novel on inner city cowboys or a graphic novel on Chicago’s South Side.  Some authors fall into predictable patterns.  Not Greg.  I honestly never know what the man’s going to come […]

Middle School Monday: Making Our Own Seat by Julie Stivers

At my 7th grader’s school award ceremony several weeks ago, I watched a long line of teachers and administrators give out various recognitions. Core subjects and electives. Extracurriculars. Character awards. All I could think was…I wish the librarian had been up there, too. That school librarians need to advocate for their library and its programs […]

Potter’s Field Redux

Thanks to Siân (recently) and Martha (several years ago), I am compulsively reading Harry Potter. Sian brought the guy up in a Horn Book podcast and awakened my curiosity; Martha had told me back in the day that Jim Dale’s audio edition is the perfect entrée to the books for those who are not among the […]

Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour with Jessica Brody

  Guest post by Jessica Brody   ELLISON “ELLIE” SPARKS: An idealistic, ambitious sixteen-year-old junior with a lot on her plate.   Those were the first words I ever wrote about Ellie Sparks. They were written in a synopsis for my publisher when I was first trying to sell them on the idea for a […]