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July 5, 2015

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Sunday Reflections: The Problem with “Just Write It Yourself”

I admit it, I do it. I read the comments. And one comment I see over and over again on posts about needing more diversity or female representation in literature, tv or movies is this: Just write your own. Which, when you think about it, is silencing and condescending. The idea is that we don’t […]

Video Sunday: Living dolls, shark costumes, buried books and goats in pjs

As you may have noticed, I’ve not done a Video Sunday in a while.  It now appears that what I was waiting for all this time was Dan Santat’s parody of Serial, turning it into a reenactment of his Caldecott Award call.  I’m just ashamed that when he won it didn’t immediately occur to me […]

This Week’s Comics: Of Mice and Princesses

Keep the kids entertained this Fourth of July until it’s time for fireworks with some of the new releases from this week’s new comics list. You can’t have a Fourth of July without a Boom, so pick up the latest issue of Sonic Boom from Archie Comics as they continue their massive crossover, “Worlds Unite.” […]

Dear ISTE (reprised)

This past week in Philadelphia I participated in a meeting that launched the year-long process of refreshing ISTE’s Standards for Students. The organization acknowledges the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007. […]

Friday Finds – July 3, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: We Have Always Been Makers Middle Grade Monday – Greenglass House by Kate Milford An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad Circulating Maker Kits, part two – Putting the Kits Together (with a book list) Book Review: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega Things I Learned […]

Crying Emoji: ALA Annual Recap (Part III)

Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I) Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part II) SUNDAY My first stop was at the Park something or other Hotel to see some of the upcoming books from Scholastic. They had authors do some reader’s theater. It was a lot of fun. Here we […]

Fusenews: [Enter Obligatory Winnie-the-Pooh/James Bond Pun Here]

As the House of Bird prepares for its inevitable move, I find myself rather entranced with my incipient home of Evanston, Illinois.  I’m coming to it with almost no prior knowledge of its existence, and find it to be completely and utterly lovely.  Example A: Check out this Humans of New York-esque photo series on […]

Notes on June 2015

In June… …we learned which 2015 picture books have secrets. The art of the case cover is alive and well. …we got an update on the state of photography illustration. Who needs brushes? These books don’t – all use photography to get the story across. …you found out where you fell on the book critic/champion […]

Things I Learned Visiting the Cincinnati MakerSpace: Fun with Buttons! Edition

In early June my colleague and I journeyed to the city of Cincinnati (OH) to tour their new MakerSpace. It was glorious in many ways. You can see pictures of that visit on the TLT Tumblr page here, here and here. I learned many things: 1. I can not consistently spell Cincinnati correctly. 2. A […]

Book Review: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Tagline: “We’re all going to die down here!” Publisher’s Annotation: Fresh out of rehab for oxycodone addiction, Casey and some of her friends attend an all-night rave called Survive the Night in the New York City subway, and find themselves fighting for their lives because drugs are not the only danger here–something is using the […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #59

Let’s kick off the long holiday weekend with some summer fun from Scooby and the gang. Here’s an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #59, and here’s the scoop: What do you do when you’re on an island with a terrible monster that has hissing snakes for hair and one look at her could […]

Raising a Lone Eyebrow: ALA Annual Recap (Part II)

Previously… Camera Tricks: ALA Annual Recap (Part I) SATURDAY I had a few minute at the beginning of the day, so I stopped in the exhibits: Here are a few books I saw: Departure much? Melanie Watt’s latest is a 96 page picture book about… the five stages of grief (conceived of before Scaredy Squirrel […]

Review of the Day: The Case for Loving by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage By Selina Alko Illustrated by Sean Qualls Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0545478533 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. When the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 that same-sex couples could marry in all fifty states, I found myself, like many […]

Camera Tricks: ALA Annual 2015 Recap (Part I)

I just returned from the American Library Association Annual Conference and boy are my arms… No. Can’t do it. There shall be no corny jokes here, my friends¹. The conference was too wonderful. Too meaningful. Let’s start at the start… ¹Rule applies to the first sentence of this post only. THURSDAY It’s become a tradition […]

#ISTELIB

Greetings from my fair city.  Tech educators and, of course, librarians convened in Philadelphia over the past three days to share and explore thoughtful integration of technology in learning. Of course, librarians had a major presence at this event.  It’s so important that we be visible present.  That we represent. That’s why so many of […]

Links: Library Roundup, Power Rangers Return

BOOM! Studios has acquired the license for Power Rangers comics; they plan to set the comics in the first year of the original TV show. BOOM! also announced its first original graphic novel based on the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe. Steven joins Connie at school in this full-length adventure story. The creative team includes […]

Circulating Maker Kits, part two – Putting the Kits Together (with a book list)

As step three in our efforts to fully embrace the Maker movement, and in conjunction with our Maker Collection of circulating titles, we are putting together Circulating Maker Kits (CMKs) that will check out to the public and provide our community with some simple but fun hands on introductions to Making. The Public Library of […]

Interview with Lynne Jonell

Folks, one of the things I love about this job is the fact that I get to watch authors’ careers bloom and blossom.  I see authors starting out or at the beginning of their careers and watch as they garner praise and flourishes throughout the years.  Today’s example is author Lynne Jonell.  Back in 2007 […]

An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Written by Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL.   In Patrick Jones’ current book series, Locked Out and Support and Defend he looks at the effects of losing a parent to the justice system and military service. Written specifically with reluctant readers in mind, Jones works hard to portray […]

Review: Gotham Academy Vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy

Olive Silverlock is a student at the prestigious Gotham Academy, where Gotham’s best and brightest go to study. But it’s kind of hard to concentrate when there’s a ghost haunting the campus, a secret society is performing rituals on the grounds, and Olive has to be a “nanny” to her ex-boyfriend’s little sister, all while […]