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July 4, 2015

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The Much-Maligned Ty Cobb: A New Biography for Sports Fans | Adult Books for Teens

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“The more his fires burned the more that provoked him on the field and I suppose one could say that the happy byproduct was the extraordinary baseball that he gave the fans at the time, but … uh, there’s a moment when you have to say it’s not worth it. I think that Ty Cobb in his totality is an embarrassment to baseball.” —Daniel Okrent, in the documentary Baseball (1994) by Ken Burns

 

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“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

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As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

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Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

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SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Magical Thinking in the Real World: YA Lit at SLJ’s Day of Dialog 2015

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A panel of acclaimed and debut authors—including A.S. King, Patrick Ness, and Allan Stratton—discussed the things that inspired them to create their latest YA novels, all of which blur the line between reality and fantasy.

Skokie Library Tackles Race

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The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

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Storytimes and Read Alouds for Incarcerated Teens | YA Underground

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No matter the age or sentence, the incarcerated teens that Amy Cheney serves enjoy being read to. She shares several offerings that would make excellent and diverse read-alouds and storytime picks for disenfranchised young adults.

ALA and ISTE: How Best to Plan, Learn, Network, Party, and Follow Up

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Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, here are six tips for you to get the most professional development bang for your buck.

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SPONSORED: Join Macmillan (Adult) at 2015 ALA Annual

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Macmillan (Adult) invites librarians attending the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to visit their booth (#1009) and attend teen-friendly and YA-focused events. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Woodson, Riddell, Herrera Selected as Laureates; “Minus Me” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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Juan Felipe Herrera has been selected as the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate for 2015–16. Jacqueline Woodson began her two-year tenure as the U.S. young people’s poet laureate on June 1. Illustrator and writer Chris Riddell has been named the UK’s ninth children’s laureate. Check out more industry news in the latest SLJTeen News roundup.

Spine-Chilling Whodunits for Summer Reading | Adult Books 4 Teens

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The “Adult Books for Teens” blog has a new home. In its latest format, the column presents four summer mysteries perfect for beach reading.

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SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015

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Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

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Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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In Enthralling Speech, A.S. King Explores Feminism | Day of Dialog

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In a talk that cited Mother Teresa, Kim Kardashian, and her own photographic alter egos from an art project, A.S. King declared, “Your feminism is yours. [It’s whatever you] want to make of it—[whatever] you decide to do.”

Teens Review the Next “Fault in Our Stars,” a “Sweet” Horror Tale, and More

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The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. One young adult loved Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last Word so much, she had to write her review in capital letters to come close to capturing her enthusiasm for it.

SPONSORED: Request Advance Reader’s Copies of Brandon Webb’s “The Making of a Navy Seal”

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The Making of a Navy Seal is Brandon Webb’s tale of overcoming the odds to be the best, and a secret look inside one of the finest and most difficult military training courses ever. If you’re an Active librarians in the United States can request complimentary advance reader’s copies. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan

Hard Corners of Life: Debut YA Author Adam Silvera on “More Happy Than Not”

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SLJ chats with former bookseller Adam Silvera about what inspired him to write this genre-bending YA novel, struggles with identity, and teens’ capacity for happiness.

Scooter Hayes, of “Dewey Decimal Rap” Fame, Launches CD with Student Rappers

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Hayes has packaged 17 tracks created by students in his library Rap Club on an album, Hot! Fresh! Delicious!, including songs about zombies, superheroes, and anything else kids want to rap about.

It’s Not All Death, Dystopia, and Disaster: YA Novels to Tickle the Funny Bone

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Filled with memorable characters and laugh-out-loud moments, these entertaining tales of friendship, love, and self-discovery explore coming-of-age themes with spot-on insight and large doses of humor.

Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits

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High school teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares tips for implementing STEM programming at the library, including partnering with local maker spaces, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.