November 18, 2017

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#SJYALit: How to be Female, a conversation between Mindy McGinnis and Amber J. Keyser

Introduction In the introduction to Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, Kelly Jensen writes, “What unites feminists is the belief that every person–regardless of gender, class, education, race, sexuality, or ability–deserves equality.” This intersection between multiple social justice movements characterizes what we call Third Wave feminism, a term coined in the 1990s, and […]

Book Review: Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser

Publisher’s description Jessie Vale dances in an elite ballet program. She has to be perfect to land a spot with the professional company. When Jessie is cast in an animalistic avant-garde production, her careful composure cracks wide open. Nothing has felt more dangerous. Meanwhile, her friend Dawn McCormick’s world is full of holes. She wakes […]

Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

So, imagine with me, for a moment, a world where the stories we tell about how things get made don’t only include the twentysomething-year-old Silicon Valley boys, but also Kenyan schoolgirls and Norwegian librarians. Imagine a world where the little Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow, who live in a permanent reality of 1s and 0s, they […]

Are we there yet?

I was asked to keynote for #njpaetec2 this past weekend. It’s not so unusual for me to speak at a local conference.  But conference organizer Barry Saide did not want me to talk about libraries or inquiry or social media curation or app smashing or the importance of online communities of practice. He wanted me […]

Be a leader. Be a troop leader.

I’ve said it on Twitter a number of times, but I really do mean it, so I’m going to say it here again, firmly: become a scout leader. If you are interested in becoming a YS or YA librarian, or are seeking your first YS or YA librarian job, or think maybe becoming a YS or […]

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

Sometimes I wonder what my girlfriends and I would be like today if more models like the super-awesome Sylvia were around when we were kids.  I kinda want every kid to meet her. I first heard of Sylvia from my friend Gary Stager who often shares her story and segments from Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show […]

The Beauty and the Beast Effect in YA Literature

Like a lot of book lovers, Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie. It seemed like such a no-brainer. Here was a girl who loved books and read-she even sang about it! Then later, she discovers a glorious library that we could all covet. With no hesitation I would tell you that Belle […]

Girl Power! All about that acceptance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a couple of videos that refreshingly reaffirm the importance of girls’ voice and what beauty is really about. In case you missed them  . . . Twenty-year-old Nashville songwriter Meghan Trainer creates a pastel universe that is all about acceptance and positive body image in her […]

JLG’s On the Radar: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice?

For those seeking chapter books with strong female characters, the editors at Junior Library Guild have a variety of picks, from continuations of beloved series to new titles, all for independent readers.

‘Girl Model’ Re-connects Media Literacy to its Beating Heart

There’s a danger when you spend a long, long time in the media literacy game…