May 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Christina is currently the middle school librarian at Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL. She's responsible for the middle school collection and programming and serves as the youth department’s 3D printing and technology expert.

Christina Keasler

About Christina Keasler

Christina is currently the middle school librarian at Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL. She's responsible for the middle school collection and programming and serves as the youth department’s 3D printing and technology expert.

Flossmoor Public Library Struggles with “Rowdy” Tweens and Teens; Relaxes ID Policy

When Flossmoor Public Library (IL) initiated a new policy requiring tweens and teens to show student ID in order to use the library, the response from the library community was swift and largely negative. Now, administrators are taking a second look at the policy and figuring out more equitable ways to manage their boisterous young patrons.

Mindful Activities for Stressed Out Tweens

Four relaxing and stress-relieving activities that tweens can do in (or around) the library.

Chalkboard Controversy: Naughty Graffiti and Social Media Safety in a Middle School Library Space

A chalkboard wall in a newly designed public library space for middle schoolers brought fun opportunities—and some unexpected challenges.

Tired of Fidget Spinners? Embrace Them As Teaching Tools, Not Just Toys

Librarian Christina Keasler advises educators to embrace the recent fidget spinner craze—and incorporate them into lesson plans and summer activities.

Dedicated Middle School Collections in the Public Library: A New Trend?

Public libraries are starting to develop collections specifically for readers in grades six to eight. The selection process can be tricky and time-consuming—but often well worth the effort.

Cool New Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Library Wishlist

Robots that teach coding, DIY computer kits, virtual reality, and more. There’s something here to satisfy every budding techie.

Working Together: Simple Ways Public and School Librarians Can Collaborate

Librarian Christina Keasler offers a few simple examples of ways public and school librarians can connect and collaborate this school year.

Six Tips to Combat Tween Summer Slide

Middle school librarian Christina Keasler offers simple tips to keep tweens engaged over the long summer months.

The Evolution of a Tween Librarian

Christina Keasler started a new job with no official title or description. After conducting focused outreach and listening to community feedback, she found her calling serving middle schoolers in the public library.