June 28, 2016

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ISTE Librarians Network Playground and the resources shared

I arrived from ALA a bit too late to catch the excitement at the ISTE Librarians Playground yesterday, so I asked current and incoming ISTELib Network presidents Sherry Gick and Jonathan Werner to help describe the vibrant scene I caught at the tail end.     As it has been for the last several years, one of […]

ISTE Librarians Network Playground and the resources shared

I arrived from ALA a bit too late to catch the excitement at the ISTE Librarians Playground yesterday, so I asked current and incoming ISTELib Network presidents Sherry Gick and Jonathan Werner to help describe the vibrant scene I caught at the tail end.     As it has been for the last several years, one of […]

Back from ALA

I’m back from ALA, but I hope that before Conference gets too far behind us that everybody takes a few minutes to read Christopher Myers’ meditation on the killings in Orlando that happened earlier this month. Chris proposed this piece to me last Tuesday night via email and got it to me Thursday morning; we […]

Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

A big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda […]

The Year of Pokemon

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced a new Pokèmon game, Sun and Moon, would be coming out in the fall. To keep the excitement for this and for the 20th Anniversary for the game franchise going, Viz Media has made some announcements of their own while also adding to their already extensive line of Pokèmon titles. […]

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Publisher’s description Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past […]

Reflections on a Banquet: Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder 2016

While I acknowledge that the logical way to write about the ALA Annual 2016 Conference in Orlando would be to do it chronologically, on the cusp of the banquet and all that it entailed, it makes more sense to me to write that part up first and then circle back to the conference in the […]

TPiB: It’s Shark Week!

Shark Week is my favorite weeks of the year. I’m a little bit obsessed with sharks. Not in a I would want to see one up close in personal in real life way, just in a they are totally cool like dinosaurs, aliens and robots way. I dive into Shark Week every year. See what […]

Middle School Monday: Nonfiction on the Horizon

Every once in a while I scroll through the available titles in Netgalley and Edelweiss. This time I found a bounty of upcoming nonfiction. Here are some of the most tempting: Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti “The true story of Mary Bowser, a former slave-turned-spy who delivered […]

Middle School Monday: Nonfiction on the Horizon

Every once in a while I scroll through the available titles in Netgalley and Edelweiss. This time I found a bounty of upcoming nonfiction. Here are some of the most tempting: Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti “The true story of Mary Bowser, a former slave-turned-spy who delivered […]

Review: ‘Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven’

Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven Writer: Brandon Easton Artist: Denis Medri IDW Publishing; $12.99 In 2014 the first substantial biography of the late professional wrestler Andre The Giant was published, and it came in the form of an original graphic novel. That was cartoonist Box Brown’s Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, a beautifully […]

Sunday Reflections: Brexit and Helping Teens Understand the Importance of the Political Process

The recent UK referendum vote on exiting the EU (and its results) are a useful starting point to help teens understand the importance of being involved in the political process. At least it has that. If you need to read up on the situation, the BBC has a thorough explanation of the vote and its potential […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Annual ‘ #249

Cheryl Blossom takes center stage in the lead story of Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Annual #249, and we have an exclusive first look. When Cheryl gets a pet monkey, Veronica goes ape! The digest will be out in comic shops on Wednesday, but in th…

Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

This Week’s Comics: Out and About

Retreat from the first of summer heat with some of the cool new releases this week. Dark Horse Comics finishes up another run of Aw Yeah Comics with Action Cat And Adventure Bug #4. Dynamite Entertainment gives Grumpy Cat and Pokey their Pinky and the Brain moment in issue #5, and Joe’s Books has cinestory […]

Friday Finds: June 24, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: How Do I Talk to The Teen About Orlando? Thank God It’s Monday! Blog Tour with Jessica Brody Middle School Monday: Making Our Own Seat by Julie Stivers Book Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone Scenes from a Teen MakerSpace Open House #MHYALit: This Book Will Save Your […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016

Last year (wholly inspired by an idea from Matthew Cordell) we had a good time checking out all the inventive ways the boring ol’ barcode has been incorporated into the design and illustration of a picture book. It was a greatest hits gallery with some really amazing stuff. Have a look: Gallery: The Art of […]

Links: ‘Blue Monday’ Returns; ‘Awkward’ Wins Award

Image Comics has announced it will publish a new, color edition of the first volume of Chynna Clugston Flores’s classic graphic novel Blue Monday. Jordie Bellaire is the colorist for the book, which will be out in July. “I grew up reading Blue Monday in my teenage years, and it is the foundation for exposing […]

No room for a Makerspace? Try circulating tech tools

I work in a beautiful stone building with historic significance, much beloved in the community. But, like anyone who works in an older building will tell you, the beauty and ambiance come at a definite price: space, connectivity, and quirks. My library doesn’t have a Makerspace, and chances are, we won’t have one anytime in the […]