October 24, 2016

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#SVYALit Book Review: Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel

Publisher’s description Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be a kick-ass Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full effect. But in truth, she’s a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the remote Hawaiian island of Moloka’i, isolated from her high school peers by the unsettling norms […]

Middle School Monday: Let’s Crossover Some More

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and made a case for why it should be used in every middle school language arts classroom in the country. [Not even hyperbole! But, speaking of hyperbole, there is so much beautiful and accessible figurative language in The Crossover. You know. As […]

Friday Finds: October 7, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: TRIGGER WARNING – This Post is About Suicide and Why We Shouldn’t Joke About It Middle School Monday: Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick (Book Review) ICYMI: Teens as Caregivers in SLJ for #MHYALit Book Review: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore #MHYALit: Speak Up! A guest […]

Take 5 Community Reads for YA

Thinking about doing a community-wide read for teens? You could create a list of companion books for teens inspired by an adult selection like the St. Joseph County Public Libraries did, you could select a book specifically for your teens, or you could encourage the whole community to dive into teen lit by selecting a YA […]

#SVYALit Book Review: Wrecked by Maria Padian

Publisher’s description Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, […]

Teen Maker Space Outreach: Behind the Scenes With Karen Jensen


Highlights of a Teen Librarian Toolbox series with practical tips on how to make text-transfer speech bubbles, a photo booth, custom postcards, and more.

Video Games Weekly: Warframe

This week’s video game is a FTP (free to play) third-person shooter video game available on multiple platforms.  When I say “free”, I mean that it is a freemium game where players are able to play for free just like anyone else, but can make micro-transactions to purchase better items.  Warframe as far as I […]

#MHYALit: Speak Up! A guest post about PTSD by author Shannon Greenland

Yesterday, PTSD got a lot of attention. The truth is, PTSD is a psychological response to extreme trauma. Soldiers are not the only individuals that experience PTSD. Many other people experience PTSD, including victims of violent crimes, people who experience an extreme life event like a car accident, and even women who have a traumatic […]

Book Review: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher’s description To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for […]

ICYMI: Teens as Caregivers in SLJ for #MHYALit

I wrote an article about teens as caregivers for School Library Journal. You can read it here: Current estimates suggest that there are 1.3 million households with caregiving youth, or 3.2 percent of all households with children between the ages of eight and 18. Child caregivers tend to live in homes with lower incomes, indicating […]

Caregiving Youth: Resources and a YA Booklist


In 1.3 million U.S. households, caregiving children support family members due to illness, disability, substance abuse, or other factors. These books and resources can help them.

Middle School Monday: Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick (Book Review)

From the publisher: Claire’s life is a joke . . . but she’s not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she’s dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there’s a boy, Ryder, who’s just as bad, if not worse. And at […]

Sunday Reflections: TRIGGER WARNING – This Post is About Suicide and Why We Shouldn’t Joke About It

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS POST IS ABOUT SUICIDE. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND IF YOU CAN’T READ IT. On December 31st of this year, my best friend from high school got online and posted on Facebook: “Happy New Year everyone, have a great year.” A mere twelve hours later his new wife – they had just gotten married […]

Friday Finds: September 30, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Where’d you go, VOYA? Middle School Monday: T-Shirt Representation Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public […]

MI Teens Raise Suicide Awareness in Library Project


Using paint and duct tape, teens upcycled old library phones to create displays that boost suicide prevention awareness and spread the message: You Matter.

Teen Coloring Postcards: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 5

Although we have a Teen MakerSpace that tends to be technology focused, we have also found that our teens want and enjoy a lot of more traditional arts and crafts. In fact, we have created both a drawing and teen coloring station in our Teen MakerSpace and both have proven to be very popular. So […]

Mirrors and Windows

Last year, my second grader came home one day and started telling me about Malala. Her teacher had used a biography of the recent Nobel Prize winner as the example book at the beginning of their biography unit. This week, my now third grader came home with assignment inspired by The Ballad of Mulan by Song […]

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]

Making Text Transfer Chalkboard Speech Bubbles: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 4

Here we are, day 4 discussing outreach and let’s talk about making chalkboard speech bubbles as photo booth props. Full disclosure: I have awful penmanship. I write myself notes and then later, I have no idea what they say. None. So I was worried about how we were going to make our speech bubbles for […]

TPiB: Undertale Party

Last week, I wrote a review about the video game Undertale.  If you haven’t read it, go ahead and skim it before trying out this program! Also, be sure to ask your regular teens if they’re fans of Undertale before deciding to do this program. Undertale is a niche fandom that isn’t nearly as big […]