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July 1, 2015

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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 […]

Middle Grade Monday – Greenglass House by Kate Milford

“Listen.” Each of the mysterious guests at Greenglass House is called upon to tell a story and this is the traditional formula for the start. All of the guests have a secret – a reason for being at the house. All have a different reason, but all of the reasons have something to do with […]

Kids’ Comics Award Winners Announced

Back in May, we announced the nominees for the Kids Comics Revolution Awards, in which children were invited to vote for their favorite graphic novels. The results are in! Since all the books are worth a look, we’ll give you the full list of nominees, with the winner in bold. Favorite Comic Book Hero: El […]

International Migratory Bird Day or Bye Bye, Birdie

Those canny readers amongst you will notice immediately that the date of this post is all wrong.  What am I trying to pull here?  After all, International Migratory Bird Day (as every good schoolchild knows) is always held on the second Saturday in May.  Yet here I am on June 29th, saying unto you that […]

2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites revealed!

Need a little something to do this summer?  There’s plenty for you to explore. You may have missed the actual reveal live yesterday, but please don’t miss the big announcements made by your AASL colleagues at Annual in San Francisco. I was honored to serve on the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee this […]

Sunday Reflections: We Have Always Been Makers

On Monday July 6th I will host my first “Maker” program at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. And the truth is it is different and revolutionary from all the other programs that I have ever hosted at a library in exactly no way. You see, librarians have always been makers and […]

Care Bears Comics Premiere at ALA

There’s a huge comics scene at this year’s American Library Association annual meeting in San Francisco, and here’s one kids’ comic that will be premiering at the show: Roar Comics’ new Care Bears comic, written by Georgia Ball, a veteran of both My Little Pony and Scooby Doo, with art by Melanie Gillman, creator of […]

Press Release Fun: Balloons Over Broadway

When Lisa Von Drasek does a program, you bloody well publicize that program. Here she just let me know about these multiple, awesome programs. Well worth noting, folks. People often ask me how could I give up being at Bank Street College of Education to live in Minnesota. The answer is the Kerlan Collection. This […]

Friday Finds – June 26, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: I Have No Words The big dress code round up post Middle Grade Monday – Loot by Jude Watson and the Heist Genre What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Summer The Title’s the Thing: A guest post on GODLESS by Pete Hautman for #FSYALit (guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien) #SVYALit: […]

Book Review Blast: EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE, THE WALLS AROUND US and DELICATE MONSTERS

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott Publisher’s Book Description: Fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school. Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her […]

This Week’s Comics: Dragon Puncher in Space

Beat the heat with some cool books from this week’s new releases. Get in the camping spirit with Archie Comics and their release of Archie’s Campfire Stories. Make a wish with Image Comics as they finish the mini series Penny Dora and the Wishing Box, or escape to the skies on the back of a […]

Of Ponies and Princesses: An Interview with Kate Beaton

Well, I’m just about as pleased as I can be.  For years I’ve adored and promoted and generally yammered endlessly about webcomic artist Kate Beaton and her Hark, A Vagrant strips.  Whether it was her Nancy Drew covers or her psychedelic take on The Secret Garden (to say nothing of her history strips) she’s one […]

Book Review: THIS BOOK IS GAY by James Dawson

I always love when a book has a cover or title that just screams PICK ME UP OFF THE SHELF! While we all know better than to (just) judge a book by its cover, a recent conversation with my teenage friends in YA book club was a good reminder that when browsing packed bookstore or […]

Font smashing (or pairing): it’s a thing too

I don’t know exactly how or when it happened, but I’ve become fussy about fonts.  And I find the proliferation of free fonts both satisfying and confounding. It goes like this.  I shop a font, usually through the options in Canva, Picmonkey and the frenzy of open source selections that pop up under More fonts […]

Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library. This is the process we went through to […]

Off to ALA Annual 2015

Today I’m making my way to San Fransisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. I’m planning to post a recap when I get back, but until then, I’ll be sharing the trip via Instagram and Twitter.