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April 19, 2015

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Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

I woke up that Sunday afternoon, groggy from an after church nap, wiping sleepies out of my eyes and wondering why my friend was standing there next to me shaking and crying. As I blinked into a form of consciousness, I feared what this moment would reveal, how it would change our lives. The longer […]

Friday Finds – April 17, 2015

Friday Finds – April 17, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: YouTube Killed the MTV Star (#YouTubeWeek) From the Screen to the Page: How the YouTube Sensation Became a YA Book, a guest post by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel (#YouTubeWeek) Middle Grade Monday – YouTube for the Tween Crowd #SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews […]

YouTube, Virtual Communities, and Teen Sexual Health

YouTube, Virtual Communities, and Teen Sexual Health

YouTube, like the Internet as a whole, has been invaluable in helping people find their virtual tribes. You may be the only Brony you know in the tri-state area, but other Bronies are always only a few clicks away (if you have good Internet access.) Similarly, teens have been building communities through YouTube since its […]

#YouTubeWeek: What’s Hot on YouTube, a guest post by Rose

#YouTubeWeek: What’s Hot on YouTube, a guest post by Rose

Today’s post is brought to you by another one of the smart teenagers I know, Rose. Rose is here to give us a rundown on some of her favorite things on YouTube.   Yay, YouTube! On YouTube, you can learn about new music or artists, find new makeup to try, relax, or gain new skills. […]

#YouTubeWeek: A BookTube Crash Course, a guest post by AbbyRoseReads

#YouTubeWeek: A BookTube Crash Course, a guest post by AbbyRoseReads

Today’s post is brought to you by my fantastically smart teenage friend Abby. I know Abby through the YA book club I run at the public library. She has previously guest posted  on YALSA’s The Hub during Teen Read Week. Today Abby is giving us a crash course in BookTube. What is BookTube? It’s exactly […]

#SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews author Courtney Summers

#SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews author Courtney Summers

Today the book All the Rage by Courtney Summers is finally released into the world. It’s a great book. It’s an important book. It’s the type of book that encourages dialogue about important and very relevant cultural issues. While Rolling Stone is retracting their UVA rape story and causing many to question the reality of […]

ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books; Teen Read Week Grants; Springtime Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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The American Library Association has announced 2014’s most frequently challenged books. Teen Read Week grants are available from YALSA. Enter in two YA book giveaways. See how one librarian hosted a Doctor Who–themed lock-in with great success.

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

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During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.

Walking on Fear Street with R.L. Stine

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The king of juvenile horror is back with brand-new books in the “Fear Street” series. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming volumes in the popular series.

Middle Grade Monday – YouTube for the Tween Crowd

Middle Grade Monday – YouTube for the Tween Crowd

Several years ago, the school district where I work finally unblocked YouTube, and a whole world of opportunity was opened. There is so much educational content available on YouTube, and much of it is useful to the tween crowd. I’d like to start by highlighting several channels that have incredibly useful educational content (with the […]

From the Screen to the Page: How the YouTube Sensation Became a YA Book, a guest post by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel (#YouTubeWeek)

From the Screen to the Page: How the YouTube Sensation Became a YA Book, a guest post by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel (#YouTubeWeek)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a gasp out loud ghost story that began as a YouTube series. I was not familiar with the web series until I read the book, but I really liked the book so I went and checked the YouTube channel. The book kept me on the edge of my seat […]

Sunday Reflections: YouTube Killed the MTV Star (#YouTubeWeek)

On August 1, 1981 MTV debuted with the music video Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles. In my mind, I totally remember being there and watching it happen, though in many ways that seems impossible because I would have only been 9 at the time. Yes, go ahead and make your man are […]

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins with bonus guest post!

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins with bonus guest post!

Harper Price is back, and just as fun as the first time! This week the sequel to Rachel Hawkins fabulous Rebel Belle hit the shelves, continuing the story of Harper Price, high school queen bee turned magical Paladin. Harper’s boyfriend David (former nemesis turned supernatural powerhouse that she is compelled to protect) is “fine?” Everything […]

Friday Finds – April 10, 2015

Friday Finds – April 10, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Songs that Saved TLT #FSYALit: Author Tessa Gratton Explores Faith in YA Fantasy Middle Grade Monday – Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First This Song Will Save Your Life: Push by Matchbox Twenty, a guest post by author Leila Sales (Blog Tour) Book Review: None of the Above […]

All About the Girls: Titles Featuring Young Women in Peril | In the Margins

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Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s series, “About the Girls” on the “Stacked” blog, librarian Amy Cheney highlights recent works that feature young women dealing with tough stuff, including sex trafficking, incarceration, and self-harm.

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

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Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares a curated list of fun (and educational) apps and resources for teens celebrating National Poetry Month.

Pictures of the Week: Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s BOB Celebration

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Thirteen-year-old Kiera Akines correctly selected the winners of eight matches in Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s Mock Battle of the Kids’ Books event, including the winner, Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50.

We Call Upon the Author: A Literary Playlist

As a lifelong reader and writer, I’ve always had a special interest in songs that talk about reading, writing, writers, or books. I’ve compiled 20 of my favorite songs about these topics for your listening enjoyment. I’m also linking to other blogs and articles that compile their own lists. There are A LOT of songs […]

Teens Review Michael Buckley’s YA Debut, Sarah Ockler’s Latest, and More

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Sci-fi featuring aliens surfacing from the shores of Coney Island and a paranormal mystery with a Muslim American teen sleuth are just some of the titles the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group is reading and reviewing.

Teenage Anthems: The Soundtrack to TLT’s Teen Years

We’ve got a music theme going on this week at TLT, so we decided to collaborate on a playlist to share with you. We each chose five songs that were important to us as teenagers. I won’t tell you how long I agonized over this. Only five?! Though I would have agonized even if I […]