November 29, 2015

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Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

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Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens


Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.

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Gaming the Teenage Brain: Q&A With Social Scientist Laurence Steinberg


Laurence Steinberg says that adolescence can extend from 10 to 25, and that “brain plasticity” lends teens vulnerability to harm—along with a unique opportunity to thrive and learn. SLJ talked to Steinberg about how educators can take advantage of this.

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Teens Review Marieke Nijkamp’s Debut, Eve Bunting’s Latest, and More

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The teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group tackle thrillers, sci-fi, romance, and a debut novel about a school shooting.

YA en español | Spanish Translations of Popular Teen Titles


Whether it’s the latest John Green novel or works from Printz-winning authors, these titles are just a selection of the wonderful world of YA in Spanish.

Light Novels: Would You Like Some Prose with That?


What are light novels? Graphic novel and manga expert Brigid Alverson shares some light on the Japanese format and offers recommendations for teen readers.

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets


Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

SPONSORED: Macmillan’s Adult Books for Teens


SPONSORED: The following adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly appropriate and accessible to teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.

Neil Gaiman and Junot Diaz Talk About Graphic Novels and the New “Sandman” Prequel


Junot Diaz chats with Neil Gaiman about his latest addition to the iconic “Sandman” series.

Twenty-Five Vlogs for Teens (and Teen Librarians)

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Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta presents 25 notable channels and vlog series—covering categories such as gaming, beauty, and science and technology, and more—that may be of interest to teens.

Vlogging, Teens, and Literacy: Engaging Youth


Media and literacy scholar Antero Garcia explains why educators and librarians should be paying attention to vlogs and what it means for today’s teens’ literacy.

Keeping the Faith: An Interview with “Religion” Author Margreet de Heer


In Religion: A Discovery in Comics, Amsterdam native Margareet de Heer offers a balanced and nuanced exploration of different belief systems in comics form, with humor and insight.

In the Tech Mosh Pit: True Adventures of Nikki Robertson


Nikki Robertson enjoys a sandbox just as much as her students. But instead of shovels and sifters, her toys tend toward digital tools that fill the maker space at James Clemens High School in Madison, AL, where Robertson is the librarian and tech facilitator. Her goal? Get messy, get out of her comfort zone, and bring others along with her.

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Teens at Heart: Making an Impact | Editorial


SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.

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Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma


Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.

Equal Parts Teen Services and YA Lit at 2015 YALSA Symposium

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Librarian Robin Brenner highlights programs and events at the 2015 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, which took place November 6–8 in Portland, OR. This year’s conference widened its purview to include services and programming alongside literature, which was reflected in the theme, “Bringing It All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.”

Spectacular Speculative Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens


Mark Flowers highlights recent adult titles with teen appeal in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, including Cat Winter’s The Uninvited and John Scalzi’s End of All Things.

Tips for Celebrating Hour of Code at Your Library | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers ways librarians can jumpstart computer programming activities with kids and teens during Hour of Code, taking place December 7–13.

In Teen Programming, Value the Process Over the Product


How to best serve teenagers? Step out of their way, let them plan, and avoid these mistakes.

The Fabulous Fandom Fest That is LumaCON!


The team that pulled together the first LumaCON! in Petaluma, CA is at it again, gearing up for the second annual comic convention in January. You’ll see why they’re the real superheroes among us.