January 21, 2017

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Tying Up Loose Ends | Adult Books 4 Teens


After a few months absence, the Adult Books 4 Teens column returns, with historical fiction from Cat Winters, science fiction/horror from Jay Kristoff, and an investigation of the case at the center of the podcast Serial.

Sunday Reflections: This is what happened when they showed a picture of the “Real Jesus” in church today? A discussion on why Representation Matters.

Today has been a weird day for me. Yesterday, I took the girls to see Hidden Figures. We waited for months to see what turned out to be one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. We were excitedly not only because I want to signal boost girls in science to […]

Friday Finds – January 6, 2017

Hello TLTers. Today Friday Finds is being brought to you by me, Karen, because Robin Willis is at a training session on food insecurity and some other youth related issues. I’m sure she’ll be sharing what she learned soon in an upcoming post. So here are this weeks Friday Finds. TLT this Week What’s In […]

Teens Review “Dreamland Burning,” New Fantasy, and More


The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new thrillers and fantasy titles and Jennifer Latham’s Dreamland Burning, among other recent releases.

Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits


Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

Book Review: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Publisher’s description In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction. On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow […]

Murals Making a Difference for Low-Income Students


The mission of the Estria Foundation, based in Honolulu, HI, is to foster social change through the creation of art.

What’s In Your Manual? : Forms Edition

This week, I have been desperately ill. It’s only a head cold and strep throat, but I will swear to you I have the plague. So yesterday I texted my boss and told her, “When I die, please bring the Teen MakerSpace manual to my funeral and tell everyone it was my greatest professional achievement.” […]

Book Review: The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron

Publisher’s description Two isolated teens struggle against their complicated lives to find a true connection in this heartwrenching debut novel about first love and the wreckage of growing up. Lily is returning to her privileged Manhattan high school after a harrowing end to her sophomore year and it’s not pretty. She hates chemistry and her […]

Take 5: Book Links of Interest for January 2017

It’s 2017! Which means it’s time for new books. Here is a list of some links to new YA coming out this year, and a couple that focus on this month. 15 of the Best YA Books for January 2017 : Bustle 60 Diverse Books To Look Forward To In 2017 – Bookishness and Tea […]

Book Review: Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Jenny Torres Sanchez is one of those writers I wish more people knew about. Her previous novel, DEATH, DICKINSON AND THE DEMENTED LIFE OF FRENCHIE GARCIA was a somber and reflective look at life and loss after the boy that Frenchie has a crush on commits suicide. If you haven’t already read it, I highly […]

Sunday Reflections: The Cybils are Here!

For several years, I have had the honor of being a part of The Cybils. The Cybils are book awards given out by bloggers (and readers) for the best of the best in a variety of categories. As a teen librarian, I have been a part of the YA award category. In that category, we […]

Friday Finds: December 30, 2016

This Week at TLT Uppercase Unboxing #3 Carrie Fisher: Rebel Princess, The Library and Me Video Games Weekly: Best Console Games for Teens in 2016 MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification Around the Web Why Are Americans Less Charitable Than They Used to Be? We Learned A Lot […]

MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification

As the end of the year approached, I became acutely aware of the fact that we have a one month period between December and January when we can’t really make any purchases because we have to balance the books. So my goal was simple: fill in supplies and find a couple of new activities that […]

Video Games Weekly: Best Console Games for Teens in 2016

2016 was an interesting year in the gaming community, ranging from the Pokemon Go craze to the overwhelming disappointment in No Man’s Sky.  This is my last post for 2016, and I have decided to compile an annotated list of the top games from 2016 for teen gaming programs as well as circulating collections. I […]

Carrie Fisher: Rebel Princess, The Library and Me

I once presented at ALA with Princess Leia hair buns. I was having a bad hair day, feeling defeated, and the clock was ticking. I needed to go sit in front of my professional peers and talk about Free Comic Book Day programming. So I summoned the Force, threw my hair up in two buns […]

Uppercase Unboxing #3

My third and final review box from Uppercase has arrived, and this one is a real winner. The signed book is Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. Here is the publisher’s summary: Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside […]

Take 5: Using YA Lit to Talk Government, Power, Politics, Corruption and More (An #SJYALit Book List)

A few years ago, I believe it was Cory Doctorow who Tweeted that no one discusses politics in literature anymore. Which struck me, at the time, as an odd statement because it was the height of YA Dystopian, which arguably is all about power and politics. It could also have been someone other then Cory […]

Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews: What a Teen Thinks about SAVING HAMLET, THE FIXES, LIFE FANTASTIC, COLOR BLIND and THE GRACES

It’s time for another episode of Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews. We have a small teen advisory board of teens that tell us what they think and write reviews. Each teen is invited to develop their own review style. My Teen decided she wanted to write Post It Note Reviews. Here’s a look at some […]

Recently in Book Mail

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months.       Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner (ISBN-13: 9781250078650 Publisher: Picador Publication date: 10/04/2016) Hilarious, entertaining, and illustrated histories behind some of life’s most common and underappreciated objects – from the paperclip […]