February 7, 2016

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Sunday Reflections: Reflections on Making While Sitting in My Teen MakerSpace

Reflections on Making while sitting in my MakerSpace// Having a Teen MakerSpace has changed some of how I interact with teens in my library. In addition to having a traditional program, I now have a space and a way to interact with my teens on a more come as you are informal way. I know […]

Friday Finds – February 5, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Wrestling with A Birthday Cake for George Washington as a Mother and a Librarian Depression and Obsession: The Pressure of Teen Athletes, by Mia Siegert Middle School Monday – Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Lawson Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin Video Games Weekly: […]

LRNG Offers Summer Connected Learning Grants


Here’s a chance to grab a grant to fund an innovative summer program related to connected learning. But you have to act fast: the deadline is February 19.

MakerSpace: The Making of a Manual

In the February 2016 issue of School Library Journal, I share in an article titled Small Tech, Big Impact my journey in creating a small Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio. In addition to creating the space itself, I was equally excited to organize and put together […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA January and February 2016

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. Right now my list of 2016 titles stands at 86 with known pub dates and many more with unknown, as of now, dates. I’m sure it will grow as the year goes on. Need more suggestions to […]

Evy’s First Impressions

What prompts a teen to pick up one book instead of another? Evy dug through Heather’s big old box-o-books and picked four to take home. What did she pick and why? This TLT Teen Advisory Board member is an avid YouTube fan, so she decided to tell you in a video. Thanks Evy! Books discussed: […]

Patrick Ness Raised $1 Million for Refugees. But Don’t Call Him a Saint.

2014 Judge: Patrick Ness

The YA author rallied 6,783 donors, including fellow authors, to contribute to his relief campaign for the global refugee crisis. Ness says that he just got “pissed off about 30 seconds before anyone else did.”

(Anti)Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Molly Wetta Curates an SLJ Pinterest Board

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In search of a last-minute display idea for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps your teens would run in the opposite direction at the sight of hearts and doilies. Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s (Anti)Valentine’s Day-themed Pinterest board.

TPiB: Book Planters

I am not a crafty person. At all.  I’m unable to draw a straight line or measure correctly and have little to no patience for not catching on to something quickly. So when we ended up with all this extra dirt at the library (don’t ask), and my supervisor said hey, want to make some […]

All About Instagram


Detailed tips on engaging young users with the image-based social media tool, plus 20 Instagram accounts to follow.

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Sailing Through Time: Heidi Heilig on Her YA Debut, “The Girl from Everywhere”

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Heidi Heilig shares what inspired her to write The Girl from Everywhere, her thoughts on diversity, and how she juggles between writing YA fiction and theater musicals.

Video Games Weekly: Lego Marvel Avengers

Lego Marvel’s Avengers is the newest installment in the Lego video games franchise, but it’s the second Lego game taking place in the Marvel Universe. What’s interesting is Lego tends to release their games around the same time the accompanying movie comes out (like Jurassic World), and it’s a bad sign that game is coming […]

Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Publisher’s description: Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building […]

Middle School Monday – Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Lawson

At Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls, twelve-year-old Audacity Jones is holding everything together by the force of her personality. Who comforts distraught students? Who makes Professor Teachtest’s* lessons bearable? Who learns how to repair the school roof on her own? Audacity. But when the opportunity for adventure presents itself, she cannot resist. Audacity is […]

#MHYALit: Depression and Obsession: The Pressure of Teen Athletes, by Mia Siegert

I remember the day my boyfriend said he liked me better when I was depressed. That happy-me was annoying and foolish, juvenile and boring, that I was only cool when I was at my worst, struggling to get by as a young athlete on an Olympic-hopeful track. I remember where he said it, pulling me […]

Sunday Reflections: Wrestling with A Birthday Cake for George Washington as a Mother and a Librarian

Chances are you are not unaware of the controversy surrounding the book A Birthday Cake for George Washington, which was recently recalled by Scholastic Publishers. If you need some context, you can begin here, here and here. If you Google, and I recommend that you do, you will find a plethora of posts presenting many […]

USC Shoah Foundation Announces 2016 IWitness Video Challenge


The IWitness Video Challenge gives middle and high school students a chance to give back to their communities while honing their digital skills. Inaugurated in 2013 by Steven Spielberg, the competition was designed around the same premise as “Schindler’s List,” that one person can make a difference.

To Support Teen Parents, Libraries Build Trust and Unique Programs


Public libraries reach out to teenage parents and their children by offering specialized services ranging from tips on reading with babies to free car seats.

Friday Finds – January 29, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Thinking About Flint Middle School Monday – Me and Miranda Mullaly by Jake Gerhardt – Guest Post and Review How Libraries Can Help Teens, by Librarian Dawn Abron Life Lessons from Gayle Forman Book Review: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin 10 Things I Wish You Knew […]

#MHYALit: On Narrative Expectations and the Reflection of Truth, by author Stephanie Kuehn

Our goal for the month of January was to have a post a day on Mental Health in YA Lit, which we basically met thanks to the help of a lot of intelligent, creative and amazing people. Today is our last post for January, but it is not the end of the #MHYALit Discussion, we […]