December 3, 2016

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Friday Finds: December 2, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Common Sense isn’t Really all that Common Middle School Monday: Professional Development. Not the Optional Kind. Teaching Teens Media Literacy 101 Book Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom Book Review: Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski Video Games Weekly: Lego […]

Finding an Authentic Teenage Voice, a guest post by author Amy S. Foster

One of the main reasons that I wrote The Rift Uprising was because I felt like the label ‘Young Adult’ had become a bit of a misnomer. The first YA novel I ever read was Judy Blume’s Forever. Forever IS NOT Are You There God It’s Me Margaret? It deals with very mature themes, tackling […]

#SJYALit, Social Justice in YA Lit – The 2017 TLT Project

Since November 9th, 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been keeping track of the tremendous increase in hate crimes in the United States. This news, combined with increasing threats to education, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, attacks on healthcare and more, has left the librarians at TLT worrying about the teens that […]

Categories Blur as Teen Lit Comes of Age

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A look at the elastic borders of YA, New Adult, and adult publishing.

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#MHYALit: Unbearable: A Reflection on Hunger, a guest post by Lindsay Eagar

My main memory of high school and the immediate years following is of hunger. As the straight-A student, oldest daughter, star of the school plays, and overall golden child, I often carried the weight of others’ expectations on my shoulders, and I did so gladly. I knew I was capable. I wanted to please the […]

#MHYALit: Unbearable: A Reflection on Hunger, a guest post by Lindsay Eagar

My main memory of high school and the immediate years following is of hunger. As the straight-A student, oldest daughter, star of the school plays, and overall golden child, I often carried the weight of others’ expectations on my shoulders, and I did so gladly. I knew I was capable. I wanted to please the […]

Behold the Power of Reading; Or, how my 8-year-old was inspired to start her own #TrashTuesdays

Last Saturday, Thing 2 turned 8. For her birthday, a friend sent her the following three books: Monday night, The Teen, Thing 2 and I curled up and bed and read them together. We cried as we read Malala’s story. We were inspired as we read about Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton. One thing that […]

Video Games Weekly: Lego Harry Potter Collection

The Lego Harry Potter Collection is the remastered PS4 edition of the original Lego Harry Potter games, (it’s unknown if a remastered edition will be released for Xbox or Nintendo) but this time the entire game is on one disc!  The release was timely considering the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came […]

Positing a Perfect World: Neal Shusterman on Scythe

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The National Book Award–winning author discusses the elaborate world-building behind his new series, “Arc of a Scythe.”

Book Review: Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski

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 November 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Sadowski, Michael. Safe Is Not Enough: […]

Book Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

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 November 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Lindstrom, Eric. A Tragic Kind […]

Teaching Teens Media Literacy 101

Media Literacy 101 TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Decoded: he would prefer it if only rich people could vote  https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/803286999692115969 … Mon, Nov 28 2016 20:46:05 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 A tweet string on media literacy. 1) always review the source. Who? What? Why? Where? How? 2) examine media bias 3) examine personal bias Mon, Nov 28 2016 20:50:05 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 4) […]

Middle School Monday: Professional Development. Not the Optional Kind.

A Crucial Strand of PD. We have an early-release day coming up. Does your school have those? Where you get to squeeze the work of a whole school day with students into a shorter time frame and then stay for meetings and/or professional development? Just typing that out is making me a bit tired. This […]

Sunday Reflections: Common Sense isn’t Really all that Common

Occasionally you will hear someone say that a person – let’s say Joe – has a lot of book smarts but not a lot of common sense. The idea is that they’ve read a lot of books but they don’t have a lot of real life knowledge. I would argue that common sense isn’t all […]

Friday Finds: November 25, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Being Appreciated and Making a Difference Middle School Monday: Reading Incentive Programs Limit More Than Choice Book Review: Gap Life by John Coy Things I Never Learned in Library School: On Being a Teen Librarian 2 Weeks After the Election of Donald Trump Uppercase Unboxing II: the Unboxenating […]

Friday Finds: November 25, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Being Appreciated and Making a Difference Middle School Monday: Reading Incentive Programs Limit More Than Choice Book Review: Gap Life by John Coy Things I Never Learned in Library School: On Being a Teen Librarian 2 Weeks After the Election of Donald Trump Uppercase Unboxing II: the Unboxenating […]

TPiB: The Great Ornament Hack

Every once in a while, I feel like I have a moment of genius (it’s not often). This Teen MakerSpace activity was one of those moments, I hope. I was standing in Michael’s when I saw this big tube of clear plastic ornaments. In the past, I have done the paint inside the ornament craft […]

Uppercase Unboxing II: the Unboxenating

Welcome to the second of three posts on my free Uppercase boxes, which I was offered in exchange for an honest post about my thoughts. You can find the first unboxing post here.* This month’s box comes with a similar array of goodies. First and foremost, a signed copy of The Sun Is Also a Star by […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: On Being a Teen Librarian 2 Weeks After the Election of Donald Trump

I knew eventually something like this would happen, I just didn’t think it would be so soon. The call came on Friday. A co-worker, her nephew took his own life. He was both black and gay and he saw the writing on the wall and he was scared. He read the news, he heard the […]

Teens Review Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” New Nonfiction, and More

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Check out what the members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group think about Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, Cassandra Clare’s latest fantasy, and Catherine Reef’s Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, among other titles.