June 25, 2017

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Revenge of the Fifth Teen Lock-In By Michelle Biwer

I tried implementing our library’s first “Lock-In” this past fall as a way  to draw new teens to our events. The teens currently involved in my teen programs are usually high school-aged library volunteers. We hoped that Lock-Ins would serve as both fun activities for teen volunteers to plan and a new way to draw […]

Friday Finds: June 9, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: I Did Not Succeed, but I Also Did Not Fail TPiB: Wonder Woman Amazon Training Academy for Free Comic Book Day, a guest post by Liz Gotauco Book Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone My Top Ten Internet Things (IRL), a guest post by Danika Stone #SJYALit: Talking About […]

Take 5: YA Lit on Asexuality Resources

Earlier today guest poster Laura Perenic shared with us an introduction to asexuality (Introducing Asexuality, a guest post by Laura Perenic). This really resonated with me because of a recent interaction I had with one of my regular teen patrons. I was sitting in the Teen MakerSpace working on some collection development. Specifically, I had […]

Take 5: YA Lit on Asexuality Resources

Earlier today guest poster Laura Perenic shared with us an introduction to asexuality (Introducing Asexuality, a guest post by Laura Perenic). This really resonated with me because of a recent interaction I had with one of my regular teen patrons. I was sitting in the Teen MakerSpace working on some collection development. Specifically, I had […]

Introducing Asexuality, a guest post by Laura Perenic

Sometimes being Asexual feels like something I’m not instead something I am.  I am not heterosexual.  I am not homosexual.  I am not gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual.  I am the A at the end of LGBTQIA that many interpret to mean ally; the A for Asexual that sometimes gets left off. It is confusing […]

Has the Opioid Crisis Impacted Your Library?

If so, we’d like to know what you are experiencing—and how you are responding. Let us know here.

#SJYALit: Talking About the Right to Die with Dignity, a guest post by author Kelley York

Today as part of the #SJYALit Discussion, we are honored to present to you author Kelley York discussing the topic of euthanasia, or death with dignity. Around the beginning of the year 2000, I got stuck taking a speech and debate class in high school. Taking an anxiety-prone, self-conscious teenager and telling them to stand […]

#SJYALit: Talking About the Right to Die with Dignity, a guest post by author Kelley York

Today as part of the #SJYALit Discussion, we are honored to present to you author Kelley York discussing the topic of euthanasia, or death with dignity. Around the beginning of the year 2000, I got stuck taking a speech and debate class in high school. Taking an anxiety-prone, self-conscious teenager and telling them to stand […]

5 Beach Reads for Teens: From Superhero Adventures to Thrilling Whodunits

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a camp experience like no other, a whodunit, a coming-of-age tale, or a short but complete history of surfing, these five choices are just right for summer reading shelves.

My Top Ten Internet Things (IRL), a guest post by Danika Stone

Today, author Danika Stone joins us to talk about her favorite places to spend time online. Her newest book, INTERNET FAMOUS, also releases today.    When you’ve written two books that take place almost entirely online, it becomes obvious you spend a lot of time there. Yes, I admit it’s true. Years ago, almost all […]

Book Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

Publisher’s description An engaging and relatable novel for the digital age that perfectly captures the complicated interaction between what goes on in our real lives and what we say online. Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post […]

TPiB: Wonder Woman Amazon Training Academy for Free Comic Book Day, a guest post by Liz Gotauco

This past weekend, Wonder Woman broke box office records – yay! Today we are excited to share a great Wonder Woman themed program from YA librarian Liz Gotauco. As a comics reader and ardent Wonder Woman fan, I’ve enjoyed hosting Free Comic Book Day events at libraries for the past five years. But despite my […]

Sunday Reflections: I Did Not Succeed, but I Also Did Not Fail

Yesterday I sat in my Teen MakerSpace with four teens and we tried to build a Lego car that would move by voice activitated LittleBits. We did not accomplish this task. In fact, we could not figure out how to attach the wheels in a way that would move. As we built the car, the […]

Friday Finds: June 2, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Long Term Effects of Trauma and the Kids We Traumatize MakerSpace Mondays: Making Wonder Woman Bracers/Cuffs Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Fall 2017 Showcase and Giveaway TPiB: Soldering with teens: just like hot glue, but metal Video Games Weekly: Magikarp Jump Social Justice and Mental Health: Accessibility to Treatment in […]

Choices: A Historically Black College, or a Predominantly White One?

A Missouri teen weighed her options among the nine colleges that accepted her.

Social Justice and Mental Health: Accessibility to Treatment in YA Literature, a guest post by Alyssa Chrisman

Today we are honored to present to you a Mental Health in YA Literature guest post that looks at the accessibility to treatment in YA literature. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here or by clicking on the tag below. When I was 12-years-old, I went to therapy for the first time. Seventh grade […]

Video Games Weekly: Magikarp Jump

The mobile game Pokemon Go was all the rage during Summer 2016, but its popularity was short lived due to missing features, unpopular decisions, and lack of communication between creators and users.  This summer, Pokemon quietly released a new game for Summer 2017 called Magikarp Jump, although I do not believe it’ll be as popular […]

Jamming to Kwame Alexander’s “Solo” | BookExpo 2017

A group of booksellers, librarians, and publishing industry professionals were treated to a night of music and poetry at an event celebrating the Newbery Medalist’s latest work Solo, which took place at the Gibson Guitar Studio.

TPiB: Soldering with teens: just like hot glue, but metal

Before I did it, soldering seemed like some kind of Super Advanced Tech Stuff that was way out of my league for teen programming. The only soldering I’d done was using a wide tipped soldering iron in stained glass work which, a friend observed, was more like using a bulldozer than the garden trowel required […]

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Fall 2017 Showcase and Giveaway

Beyond the people I work with and the people this blog has led me to get to know, by far the best aspect of blogging for TLT is the constant influx of books. All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to teen readers I know, to classroom […]