September 26, 2016

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Celebrating the Peculiar: Program Ideas in Advance of “Miss Peregrine” Film


Not sure what to do to celebrate the arrival of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children film adaption? “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth has some suggestions!

Take 5: YA Lit Titles for Makers and MakerSpaces

Collection development is an active process in which I, like all librarians, actively seek to build balanced collections of all types of books. Because we have an active and popular Teen MakerSpace, one of the things I actively look for are “maker” related books. These can be books that include any type of maker related […]

#MHYALit: Five Ways to Cope: A Survival Guide for Family Members of Those with Mental Illnesses

If 1 in 4 adults suffers from some type of mental illness, and they do, then that means that a significant portion of our teenagers are living in families that are affected by mental illness. Today, as part of the Mental Health in YA Lit Discussion (#MHYALit), guest Diana Cabinian shares some tips for surviving […]

On the Road, Again: New YA Road Trip Novels | SLJ Spotlight


Nothing signifies “coming of age” as well as a road trip. And as the protagonists in these YA novels prove, the twists and turns of highways and inevitable vehicle malfunctions are part and parcel of this rite of passage. From an Odyssey-like journey to an artist’s struggle to forge her own identity in the Jim Crow South, the following works highlight the ups and downs of adolescence and the winding adventures of the road.


It’s time once again for a new installment of Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews. The Teen reads a book from her TBR pile and leaves it on my desk with her Post It Note review. It’s a very sophisticated process. I always like to know what actual teenagers think about books and since I am […]

Teens Review Alice Pung’s “Lucy and Linh,” Historical Fiction, and More

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Our resident teen reviewers cover a bunch of September 2016 YA releases, including Matt Phelan’s latest graphic novel and the plot-twisting Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung.

Tales Dark and Grim | Adult Books 4 Teens


With Halloween right around the corner, Sarah Hill compiles a list of compelling titles that are grim and gritty, covering everything from an out-of-control infectious disease, a no-holds-barred look at the science of war, and the return of Typhoid Mary.

Video Games Weekly: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

This week’s video game is strictly for Teen Programs, not circulating video game collections.  Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, created by Steel Crate Games, was recommended to me from a colleague when I asked our staff if they knew of a fun game where players work together to defuse a bomb.  I was not disappointed […]

TPIB: Photo Shrink Jewelry Charms

Although we have some permanent stations set up in our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we also occasionally rotate in some different stations to make sure our teens have a variety of activities to engage in. One of our permanent stations includes a bank of iPads which we […]

Free Library of Philadelphia Hosts First-Ever Social Justice Symposium for Teens


Inspired by the teens at her library, Erin Hoopes organized a Social Justice Symposium at the Free Library of Philadelphia, with author Renée Watson as a keynote speaker.

Book Review: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Publisher’s description All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and […]

The Latest in STEM: Teens Team Up With the FDA


Learning to code, visiting the White House, and pitching medical apps “Shark Tank” style? Students in the aimHI Summer Incubator Program, a partnership between the FDA and Montgomery County (MD) County Library, did it all.

Fiendish Females and Humanoids: S.J. Kincaid on Popular Pick “The Diabolic”


SLJ caught up with S. J. Kincaid to chat about the I, Claudius–inspired tale The Diabolic, a September 2016 SLJ Popular Pick.

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Middle School Monday: Advocating in Pictures

I’m just going to say it: librarians are predisposed to be good at infographics. [Just bear with me through any crazy generalizations.] We’re wired to be good at information. Putting that information into an appealing, visual package—using a favorite digital tool—well, that should be simple, right? Well, in a way.   We have tons of […]

Sunday Reflections: Please Don’t Ask Me How My Summer (or My Childhood) Was! A reflection on assignments and writing prompts

She came to the Teen MakerSpace every day. Until she didn’t. Just a few weeks before school we learned that she had been sent to another state to live with extended family because both of her parents were now in jail. 2.3% of U.S. youth under the age of 18 have a parent in prison. […]

Friday Finds: September 9, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: A Day in the Life Serving Teens – This is what I wish you knew about teenagers A Kirstin Cronn-Mills Book Giveaway for Teachers, Librarians, and Students What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA September and October 2016 Middle School Monday: DIY Book Posters by Julie Stivers Book Review – Pasadena […]

Setting a New Default for Readers and Myself: A Guest Post by LABYRINTH LOST author Zoraida Cordova

Today we are very honored to host a guest post by LABYRINTH LOST author Zoraida Córdova. Labyrinth Lost is book one in the Brooklyn Brujas series published by Sourcebooks Fire. It is the story of Alex, a girl who wants to reject her magical destiny and in doing so banishes her family to another plane […]

Three Teens and Their Fantastic Feats

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Photo Credit: Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

High school, sports—and setting world records. Meet three of the newcomers to “Guinness World Records 2017.”

Video Games Weekly: No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky has gained a lot of media attention in the gaming community over the past few weeks.  It was one of the most anticipated games of 2016 for the PC and PS4, but has flopped almost as hard as the hype after its release.  The number of users simultaneously playing No Man’s Sky […]

#MHYALit Guest Post – Survivor’s Guilt: The Aftermath of Grief by Sherri L. Smith

When he killed himself, we didn’t know what to do.  It was the first suicide to touch my life.  I didn’t know him very well.  He was tall and lanky and reminded me of that actor, Vince Spano.  He had warm brown eyes, brown hair, and an easy smile.  I’d liked him instantly.  He’d seemed […]