June 25, 2017

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Friday Finds: June 23, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Lead Pipe, aka on “Due Process” in Literature and Yes, Another Discussion of MOXIE MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners in Three Ways Book Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer #SJYALit: The X-Men and the […]

#SJYALit: The X-Men and the social justice of diverse brains (Or, Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not a hero), a guest post by Rachel Gold

  When I was twelve and in my fifth year of getting bullied at school, I discovered a place where people could go to learn to use their powers for good, to band together against prejudice, and to save the world: Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.     I had to spend part of […]

TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer

Escape rooms and breakout rooms are a buzzworthy program in librarian world of late. I tried building my first escape room in the fall, and recently finished my second one! Here is my strategy: Steps for Building an Escape Room Pick a general theme! Murder Mystery? Based on a book? Science? Who is your audience? […]

Book Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of School Library Journal. I am SO EXCITED to now […]

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners in Three Ways

This past week we spent some time setting up a DIY Fidget Spinner station at the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). There are no shortage of DIY Fidget Spinner tutorials out there and we tried several and landed on the following three for our DIY Fidget Spinner […]

Sunday Reflections: Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Lead Pipe, aka on “Due Process” in Literature and Yes, Another Discussion of MOXIE

A teen stumbles on a body in a field. Or their best friend is missing. Or they get a mysterious package in the mail. What do they do? They almost never call the police. Never. In the great tradition of Scooby Doo, they investigate themselves, because of course they do. In fact, if they didn’t, […]

Friday Finds: June 16, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Celebrating Six Years of TLT MakerSpace: MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kits Book Review: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack #SJYALit Booklist: Environmental Dystopia, aka Cli-Fi Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu Recently in book mail + giveaways Around the Web Jacqueline […]

Recently in book mail + giveaways

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 […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: James L. Swanson’s “Chasing King’s Killer”

James L. Swanson’s new biography, Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassin, out next spring from Scholastic, marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. See SLJ’s exclusive cover reveal.

Powerhouse YA Authors on World-Building and Agency | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Attendees at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog on May 31 in New York City were treated to a lunch keynote from the acclaimed Megan Whalen Turner and a panel of blockbuster YA authors.

Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence This past year was a rough one for The Teen. I got repeated texts from my daughter asking me to come please pick her up at school because she didn’t feel safe. She came home and talked about boys touching her and her friends in the hallways, catcalling, asking them to […]

#SJYALit Booklist: Environmental Dystopia, aka Cli-Fi

Cli-Fi is fiction that deals with the topic of climate change. Climate change is an important political and social justice issue as it affects everything from health to food and water resources See, for example, this discussion: The Next Frontier of Climate Change: Climate & Social Justice. Natalie Korsavidis joins us today to share this […]

A World of Hurt: 7 Dark, Compelling Titles | Adult Books 4 Teens

Teens with an appreciation for gritty, intense reads will appreciate these selections that range from a 19th-century murder mystery to the nonfiction account of two Baltimore teenagers’ scheme to distribute opiates.

Library of Congress Launches Teen Internship; 2017 Lammys Announced | SLJTeen News

A roundup of tidbits and news bites that librarians working with teens will want to know about, including a new internship at the Library of Congress and the winners of the Lammys, Audies, and Teen Choice Book awards.

Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Publisher’s Book Description: In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from […]

Book Review: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Publisher’s description Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen. There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so […]

MakerSpace: MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kits

  I learned about MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kits while at TLA Annual earlier this year. We bought several kits for our Teen MakerSpace and a fun new station was born. A basic kit comes with a safety saw, a whole punch, several screws, and some hinges. Everything works great except for the safety saw. The […]

Sunday Reflections: Celebrating Six Years of TLT

I am a YA librarian. That is one of the core ways I define myself. I have spent 23 years working to be the best YA librarian that I can be. Yes, I have worked and love working with younger kids. Yes, I have worked and love working the Reference desk. But at my core, […]

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It

Data is all around us. It is vital that our students understand and interpret the data, infographics, and visualizations they see.

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Revenge of the Fifth Teen Lock-In By Michelle Biwer

I tried implementing our library’s first “Lock-In” this past fall as a way  to draw new teens to our events. The teens currently involved in my teen programs are usually high school-aged library volunteers. We hoped that Lock-Ins would serve as both fun activities for teen volunteers to plan and a new way to draw […]