August 21, 2017

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Librarians Vote for the Top 100 Must-Have YA

The results are in! Almost 300 librarians weighed on SLJ’s Top 100 Must-Have YA poll. Download a PDF of the full list.

42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library

SLJ editors have chosen the following 42 works as must-have diverse YA titles for every teen librarian’s collection.

Rocky Roads: 8 Coming-of-Age Tales | Adult Books 4 Teens

These recent titles about young people maturing provide fresh takes on well-known narratives, from a heartfelt novel about a thirtysomething developing a sense of self to a memoir about a young man who trekked across the United States.

33 Winning Back-to-School Ideas

From VR and mystery parties to STEAM projects and life-skills programs, these initiatives ignite curiosity.

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New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Today is a good day for book releases, as apparently all the recent books I have chosen to read release today. Is it fate? Destiny? Hard to say. Let’s dive right in, shall we. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Two step-siblings who were closer than close are reunited after one, Little (the female) spends […]

Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

Publisher’s description Rebecca Barrow’s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time. There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about. Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother […]

SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview

On Wednesday I am honored to be a part of this year’s SLJTeenLive event. I will be talking with several other librarians about library programming “On a Budget”. I, specifically, will be talking about creating a Teen Makerspace on a budget. You can find a preview of my presentation here at SLJ. You can register […]

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer

Last week I hosted my second movie matinee of the summer for teens. I was expecting these events to be very popular, as the first event was a screening of Moana sponsored by a local restaurant. I really thought catered food would be the way to my teens’ hearts, but attendance was low. I was […]

Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access

As a librarian, I spend a lot of time talking about teens and access. Access to books. Access to information. I’m all about access. And then a new discussion of access came up and I had a decidedly different message for my teens. The Scene: Three of my teens are sitting in the Teen MakerSpace […]

Friday Finds: August 4, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Who are we marketing YA lit to? MakerSpace: Legos! The one tool every makerspace needs? Book Review: The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian The Day The Teen Discovered Hoopla and Everything Changed Book Review: Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens Around the Web THE LAST MAGICIAN is on […]

5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces.

Book Review: Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Publisher’s description As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee. But when Janie Lee confesses to […]

The Day The Teen Discovered Hoopla and Everything Changed

My library subscribes to Hoopla, a service that I can honestly admit I haven’t used very much – until recently. This summer we traveled in the car a lot and after we got sick of listening to the same songs over and over again, I remembered Hoopla! So I introduced The Teen – and the […]

Book Review: The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

Publisher’s description The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create. Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends […]

MakerSpace: Legos! The one tool every makerspace needs?

I maintain that a genuine staple of a good MakerSpace can be found in Legos. Make no mistake, Legos are not cheap, but they have a versatility about them. And you can get around the cost of Legos by buying random bulk packages off of Amazon. You have no idea what kinds of pieces you […]

Sunday Reflections: Who are we marketing YA lit to?

This past week I sat down with The Teen to binge watch Veronica Mars, and I was excited to share what is arguably one of the best teen shows ever created with her. But after a couple of episodes The Teen got up and went to her room. It’s not that she hated it, it […]

Friday Finds: July 28, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Day I Did Everything Wrong MakerSpace: How to turn a photo into a silhouette – and make it into a book page button of course! Book Review: The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan Video Games Weekly: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy July #ARCParty: A look at some late […]

#SJYALit: Time For Confrontation: Moving Forward in the Diversity Conversation, a guest post by S. K. Ali

The first time I saw myself, I got scared. I was twelve and I’d brought my plate of lentils and rice into the living room in order to sit beside my dad as he watched the news. And there she was: a girl like me. On television. The girl had on a blue hijab exactly […]

July #ARCParty: A look at some late summer and early fall 2017 YA lit titles

July #ARCParty: A Look at Some Late Summer/Fall 2017 YA Lit titles// Today The Teen and The Bestie are taking a look at a few more upcoming titles. They added a lot to their TBR list. July #ARCParty: A Look at Some Late Summer/Fall 2017 YA Lit titles Best friendship tested by long distance relationships […]

Video Games Weekly: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

  The first video game that I played and loved back in the mid-90s was Crash Bandicoot.  I wrote all about how awesome it was in my very first VGW post for TLT, so you can imagine my surprise when I learned the creators of Crash Bandicoot came out with a remastered version (which includes […]