July 25, 2017

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Video Games Weekly: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a popular indie game that had been released on consoles earlier this year, although it has been available on PC platform since 2016.  It’s a role-playing farming/country life game, and while that sounds pretty boring, it’s actually pretty fun! YouTube Trailer: Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC Rated: E10+ Single or […]

Book Buzz: Buzzy Buzzing 2018 Buzz

If are anything like me (first off, I offer my condolences) then you like to look as far off into the distance as possible, straining to see the books that will being hitting shelves in the distant future. You best check out Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews. I learned a bunch of stuff while reading it: […]

Tiny but tough

Happy birthday, Barbara Bader. NINETY, wow. In your honor we have rounded up some of your greatest hits. Like other old people, I frequently find myself wanting to tell the young to know your history, and the Horn Book is proud to have for so long published one of children’s librarianship and children’s literature’s ablest and […]

MakerSpace: How to Design a Button

Button, button, who makes the button? I do! Teens do! But how? Today in the second part of our series on buttons in the Teen MakerSpace, I want to talk with you some very basics about designing a button. For the purpose of this discussion a button insert will refer to your final circle image […]

Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks

As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners. First ISTE’s refresh of its Standards for Educators impacts our practice as educators as well as the practice of our […]

Book Review: Madness by Zac Brewer

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of School Library Journal.    Madness by Zac Brewer ISBN-13: 9780062457851 […]

The First Rule of Q&A: An Interview with Celia C. Pérez

Who is Celia C. Pérez? Maybe you’ve seen/heard about (including here) her debut middle grade novel: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez | August 22, 2017 | Viking When I learned that she is also a librarian and longtime zine maker, I knew I had to chat with her. So we did […]

The Refugee Children’s Books of 2017 and an Ode to The Arrival

Sometimes people turn to children’s literature in an attempt to ignore the goings on in the world today. But books for kids don’t exist in bubbles. A person could spend their entire life examining the many ways in which the world of adults seeps into books for kids. Why is this? Sometimes it’s unconscious. Sometimes […]

MakerSpace: The #ButtonFun Gallery

Earlier today I shared with you a summary post about button making in makerspaces. Using the hashtag #ButtonFun, I and some Twitter followers have been sharing our favorite button making tips and a gallery of our creations. Here’s a roundup.   The #ButtonFun Gallery// Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Mon, Jul 17 2017 20:33:04 Edit The #ButtonFun […]

MakerSpace: Button Making is All the Rage (The Complete Button Making Index)

One of our most popular stations in our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) has been button making. We enjoy making buttons so much that a couple of staff members have purchased their own button making machines for personal use at home (hello, yes I’m one of the […]

Review: ‘Champions Vol. 1: Change The World’

Champions Vol. 1: Change The World Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos have been making comics since I was a teenager, so they likely wouldn’t be among the first names to pop into my mind if you asked me who might be best qualified […]

Books on Film: A First Look at ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

New Fuse 8 n’ Kate Episode: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

New episode, new episode, new episode, alert, alert! It’s been a little while but we’ve a new episode up and running.  I’m so pleased to say that my podcast Fuse 8 n’ Kate which I do with my sister went in a distinctly Sendakian direction.  We delve deep into the oddities of the book, some […]

Sunday Reflections: Today, as the Mother of Daughters, is a Good Day for Geekdom

My Sunday Reflections are usually somber reflections on the world that I see around me, in part because there is a lot to be concerned about. But today, I rejoice. THE NEW DOCTOR IS A WOMAN!! We are huge fans of Doctor Who in the Jensen household. The first thing we recently did upon returning […]

This Week’s Comics: Fly Time

Penultimate issues abound in this week’s new releases. DC Comics prepares to end Gotham Academy Second Semester with #11. BOOM! Studios nears the end of their quest with Misfit City #3 while IDW Publishing winds up another My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic story arc that features Spike and Pinkie Pie trying to stop an […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

Plotagon now free for educators

A couple of years back I was thrilled to discover Plotagon and posted about it here. Today, I was thrilled to discover that free one-year teacher licenses are now available at Plotagon Education. (Currently, students may sign up for 30-day trials.) Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies […]

Thank you, David

Former director of Simmons’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and Horn Book Magazine reviewer Susan Bloom’s husband David died this week at the age of 91, and I wanted to take a minute to pay tribute to him and all the (what we call locally) Horn Book Husbands, those otherwise sensible men married to […]

Friday Finds: July 14, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When the Opioid Crisis Hits the Library MakerSpace: 5 Ways We Transformed T-Shirts into Something New MakerSpace: Summer of Shirts Index and Gallery Book Review: The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller YA is Ultimately for Teens, and That’s Okay Join the TLT Teen Advisory Board! What’s New […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#56)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I do not […] want my kindergartener reading about bull fighting at the age of 6. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One […]