March 26, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: A Sea of Black Belts and the Myth of the Lazy Teen

Teenagers, they’re all so lazy and entitled, amirite? Having worked with teenagers for a over 22 years now, I know that there are certain truths that the general public holds self evident. The most popular among them is the idea that teenagers are lazy, entitled brats who are a menace to society. I thought about […]

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 […]

Teen Book Club – Creating a Place to Read and Belong! (a guest post by Sheri Schubbe)

Everyone who works with teens in an educational library setting knows it’s a struggle to compete for a their time and attention. We’re up against schoolwork, sports, various extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, social media and technology. We want teens to spend time in our libraries and love reading, but it can be challenging to get […]

Book Review: Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank

Publisher’s description Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a white school in the […]

#SJYALit: If You Don’t Get It, You Won’t Get It Right, a guest post by Shaun David Hutchinson

I tell stories because the real world sucked for me when I was a teen.  No.  Sucked doesn’t even begin to cover it.  The real world nearly killed me.  The real world told me that I was going to hell because I was gay.  It told me I would die of AIDS or have the […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: The Best Made Plans . . . Still Sometimes Fail

On paper, it’s the perfect program. An afternoon spent making as we help teens learn various tasks they may need to participate in cosplay? Sounds like a great idea. It was an idea sparked by a comment made by a presenter at ALA in 2016. And we ran with it because 1) we have an […]

Growing Pains | Adult Books 4 Teens

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From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.

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 […]

How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Members of the La Vista (NE) Public Library A.J., Raoul, and Audi line up to try homemade chili mac.

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

Teens Review Survival YA, Margaret Stohl’s Latest, and More

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From a compelling tale set during Hurricane Katrina to contemporary novels about overcoming grief and reality TV, these new works inspire high praise from the Kitsap teen reviewers.

Check Out 8 New Graphic Novels for Teens

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights new graphic novels for young adults, including a “Superman” comic by Gene Luen Yang and an adaption of an Octavia Butler classic.

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 […]

Recently in Book Mail

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. The following are the books that have arrived here in the past few weeks. I will be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months on TLT. See something […]

Music Education, via an LP Appreciation Society

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My high school student record club tunes in to analog pleasures and the thrill of discovery.

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Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

Basic Synopsis: A teen conceived through IVF goes in search of answers about her past and finds herself examining what it means to be a family. Karen’s Quick Thoughts: So this book was fun, heartwarming and enjoyable. It covered a topic I have never seen discussed in YA – kids conceived by donor sperm. 5 […]

Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Earlier this week, the newest proposed federal budget was introduced and it included massive cuts to many services (see link below for a complete look at the budget in the Washington Post). Included in those potential cuts would be a complete elimination of the IMLS, the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The IMLS provides […]

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 […]

Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Publisher’s description From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.” Frances Janvier spends most […]