July 6, 2015

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What I Learned from the Cincinnati MakerSpace, part 2: Maker Mondays

Last week, I mentioned that I visited the Cincinnati Public Library to see its fantastic MakerSpace. It is a large, open space located on the second floor that houses an impressive number of various maker tools, including a green screen, a recording booth, a 3D printer and more. They also have some low tech maker […]

Role-Playing Victorian Teens Learn About History and Class

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A high school librarian engages freshman in role play while researching the Victorian Era—complete with hoop skirts, washboards, silver polish, and cooking assignments.

Teens Review David Levithan’s “Another Day,” an Interracial Romance, and More

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The members of the Kitsap Young Adult Group have dived into summer reading in full force. Check out their thoughts on David Levithan’s sequel to Every Day and upcoming horror and realistic fiction titles.

Grants for Making; 2015 Int’l Latino Book Awards Announced | SLJTeen News


Kids can apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by August 10. The International Latino Book Awards honored 246 artists and book creators during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 27. Penguin and Listening Library present LGBTQ audiobook resources; and more industry news.

Middle Grade Monday – Audiobooks and Travels

The older I get the less I enjoy driving. One of the only joys of long solo drives to visit family and friends is the time I have to listen to audiobooks. This past week I was able to listen to the audio version of Paolo Bacigalupi’s Zombie Baseball Beatdown, and I have to say I think […]

Sunday Reflections: The Problem with “Just Write It Yourself”

I admit it, I do it. I read the comments. And one comment I see over and over again on posts about needing more diversity or female representation in literature, tv or movies is this: Just write your own. Which, when you think about it, is silencing and condescending. The idea is that we don’t […]

Friday Finds – July 3, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: We Have Always Been Makers Middle Grade Monday – Greenglass House by Kate Milford An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad Circulating Maker Kits, part two – Putting the Kits Together (with a book list) Book Review: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega Things I Learned […]

The Much-Maligned Ty Cobb: A New Biography for Sports Fans | Adult Books for Teens

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Adult Books for Teens columnist Mark Flowers compares two recent biographies on the notorious baseball player, one of which has lots of appeal for teen readers.

Things I Learned Visiting the Cincinnati MakerSpace: Fun with Buttons! Edition

In early June my colleague and I journeyed to the city of Cincinnati (OH) to tour their new MakerSpace. It was glorious in many ways. You can see pictures of that visit on the TLT Tumblr page here, here and here. I learned many things: 1. I can not consistently spell Cincinnati correctly. 2. A […]

Book Review: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Tagline: “We’re all going to die down here!” Publisher’s Annotation: Fresh out of rehab for oxycodone addiction, Casey and some of her friends attend an all-night rave called Survive the Night in the New York City subway, and find themselves fighting for their lives because drugs are not the only danger here–something is using the […]

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit


As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

Circulating Maker Kits, part two – Putting the Kits Together (with a book list)

As step three in our efforts to fully embrace the Maker movement, and in conjunction with our Maker Collection of circulating titles, we are putting together Circulating Maker Kits (CMKs) that will check out to the public and provide our community with some simple but fun hands on introductions to Making. The Public Library of […]

Teaching With the #CharlestonSyllabus


Librarians and teachers across the country are planning to use the #CharlestonSyllabus in classes this fall and will refer to it when purchasing future books.

An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Written by Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL.   In Patrick Jones’ current book series, Locked Out and Support and Defend he looks at the effects of losing a parent to the justice system and military service. Written specifically with reluctant readers in mind, Jones works hard to portray […]

Middle Grade Monday – Greenglass House by Kate Milford

“Listen.” Each of the mysterious guests at Greenglass House is called upon to tell a story and this is the traditional formula for the start. All of the guests have a secret – a reason for being at the house. All have a different reason, but all of the reasons have something to do with […]

Sunday Reflections: We Have Always Been Makers

On Monday July 6th I will host my first “Maker” program at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. And the truth is it is different and revolutionary from all the other programs that I have ever hosted at a library in exactly no way. You see, librarians have always been makers and […]

Friday Finds – June 26, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: I Have No Words The big dress code round up post Middle Grade Monday – Loot by Jude Watson and the Heist Genre What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Summer The Title’s the Thing: A guest post on GODLESS by Pete Hautman for #FSYALit (guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien) #SVYALit: […]


Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott Publisher’s Book Description: Fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school. Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her […]

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

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Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

Book Review: THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson

I always love when a book has a cover or title that just screams PICK ME UP OFF THE SHELF! While we all know better than to (just) judge a book by its cover, a recent conversation with my teenage friends in YA book club was a good reminder that when browsing packed bookstore or […]