February 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Friday Finds: February 23, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When Adults Fail, the Teens will Save Themselves Things I Never Learned in Library School: Toxic Masculinity and Teaching Boys to Accept No for an Answer, Even in Our Libraries Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt #ReadForChange: Girls Fight Back in Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, a guest post by […]

Friday Finds: February 16, 2018

This Week at TLT Creating an Inclusive Teen Game Night by Michelle Biwer Sexual Harassment in KidLit YA A to Z: Best Frenemies to Lovers in YA, a guest post by author Molly E. Lee Book Review: Still Here by Rowan Blanchard What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA February 2018 Collecting Comics: February 2018 by Ally […]

Creating an Inclusive Teen Game Night by Michelle Biwer

A number of teens on the autism spectrum are frequent patrons and volunteer at the library, but I knew that I was not seeing them attend my programs. After talking with some of them I realized the programs I offered were not suiting their interests and needs. We came up with the idea of “Friends […]

Friday Finds: February 9, 2016

This Week at TLT Recently In Book Mail #YAAtoZ: Consent in YA, a guest post by author Sara Baysinger Book Review: Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman by Box Brown Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson My favorite tools: Slack Book Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao […]

Recently In Book Mail

Here’s what’s been in the mail recently:   And She Was by Jessica Verdi Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? Dara confronts her mother, and is […]

Friday Finds: February 2, 2018

This Week at TLT World Languages Collection Development Resources for Teen Librarians by Michelle Biwer #MHYALit: Small Towns and Mental Illness, a guest post by This is Not a Love Letter author Kim Purcell Book Review: I Love This Part by Tillie Walden Book Review: The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis B […]

World Languages Collection Development Resources for Teen Librarians by Michelle Biwer

A recent project at work led me to research how to find quality, recent books in world languages for children and young adults. The best resources I found that include books for teens are below. If you have any further suggestions please leave a comment, I would love to hear about it! Vendors: Overdrive: provides […]

Friday Finds: January 26, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: That Delicate Balance Between Quality Patron Services and Employee Personal Boundaries A Collection of Tweets on the Discussion of YA Books Set in College/Post High School Take 5: New YA Booklists You’ll Want to See (January 2018) New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about Book Review: Love, […]

Friday Finds: January 19, 2018

This Week at TLT So, You’ve Just Tweeted That Nobody Uses Public Libraries Anymore . . . YA A to Z: Bullying by Michelle Biwer Penguin Young Readers Showcase and Giveaway Book Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson MakerSpace: DIY Metal Stamping (A metal stamping kit review) Anger, inspiration, and the stories we tell, a […]

YA A to Z: Bullying by Michelle Biwer

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied in 2015. Notably, those statistics skyrocket for LGBTQ students. In 2013, 70.8% of LGBTQ students were verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 54.5% were bullied due to their gender expression (National School Climate Survey, 2015). […]

YA A to Z: Bullying by Michelle Biwer

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied in 2015. Notably, those statistics skyrocket for LGBTQ students. In 2013, 70.8% of LGBTQ students were verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 54.5% were bullied due to their gender expression (National School Climate Survey, 2015). […]

Friday Finds: January 12, 2018

This Week at TLT YA A to Z: Alcoholism, In Real Life and in Real Fiction, by by L.B. Schulman YA A to Z: Alzheimer’s As a Means to an End, a guest post by L. B. Schulman An Open Letter to Logan Paul Book Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke YA A […]

Friday Finds: January 5, 2018

This Week at TLT How I Changed My Teen Advisory Board by Michelle Biwer The #YAAtoZ Index: The 2018 Project at Teen Librarian Toolbox 2018: A Year to #ReadForChange, a guest post by Marie Marquardt Book Review: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon Collecting Comics: January 2018, by Ally Watkins Book […]

How I Changed My Teen Advisory Board by Michelle Biwer

Teen Volunteer Home Base I identified a number of ways that my library’s teen volunteering program could be improved and give more of the responsibility back to the teens. With over 150 teen volunteers I was having a hard time recognizing teen volunteers who go above-and-beyond, keeping track of the number of active volunteers, and […]

Friday Finds: December 29, 2017

This Week at TLT Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Spring 2018 Showcase and Giveaway Why That Book Isn’t in the Library; or, no starting your own small press isn’t always the answer to diversity Book Review: Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith Book Review: Meet Cute by various authors Around the Web Andre Wagner captured the brief […]

Friday Finds, December 21, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Seven Words Memory Lab Workshops for Teens by Michelle Biwer MakerSpace: Get Teens Involved Making Cards by Kate-Lynn Brown New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about Book Review: Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush Around the Web Washington Did A Lot This Week And America’s Schools Will […]

Memory Lab Workshops for Teens by Michelle Biwer

What is a Memory Lab?: A memory lab is a place for people to digitize their family photos and home video. In addition to digitization, my library’s memory lab offers the opportunity remix digitized memories into a video personal narrative to share with family and friends, and the ability to record filmed oral history interviews. […]

Friday Finds: December 15, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Why I Like Being a Cybils Judge and You Should Consider It TPiB: Rick Riordan “Gods and Heroes” Party by Michelle Biwer #SJYALIt: Why Inclusive, Respectful & Wildly Diverse Rep in YA Lit Matters, a guest post by author Erica Cameron 18 2018 Middle Grade Books to Have on […]

TPiB: Rick Riordan “Gods and Heroes” Party by Michelle Biwer

One thing is for sure, the popularity of Rick Riordan’s multiple middle grade series based in various mythologies is only increasing. After the hit Percy Jackson series (Greek myth) that started it all, Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus (Roman myth) and Magnus Chase books (Norse myth) became NYT bestselling hits with tweens and librarians alike. I […]

Friday Finds: December 8, 2017

This Week at TLT A List of New YA Book Release Links for 2018 Take 5: Five Things I’ve Made with My Silhouette Cameo and Why I Recommend it for a MakerSpace Amanda’s favorites of 2017 Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins #SJYALit: Because Their Stories Matter, a guest post by Danielle Ellison […]