June 21, 2018

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YA Nonfiction Roundup by Michelle Biwer

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu Profiles of diverse, international female role models in comic strip format. A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield A narrative account of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 told from the perspectives of the major groups involved in escalating […]

Friday Finds: June 15, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: In Which The Teen Writes a Poem About Sexual Harassment Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: 7 Years, 7 Books Giveaway Book Review: Tsu and the Outliers by Erik Johnson MakerSpace Tech Review: Canon Selphy 1300 Printer Celebrating Seven Years of TLT: A look […]

Celebrating 7 Years of TLT: Why I Love TLT

There are a lot of reasons I love writing for this blog. The first is the feeling of community I get from it, both from my fellow bloggers and from our readership. We are all really invested in serving the teens in our lives and connecting them with books, information, and our libraries. It’s helpful […]

Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Y’all…y’all…this book is balm for your soul. Are you looking for a fun read where you invest in the characters and their circumstances without being worried that the world might end? Then this book is for you. I’ve been going through a bit of a reading slump for the past several years (I know, it’s […]

Friday Finds: June 8, 2018

This Week at TLT What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA June 2018 MakerSpace: Screenprinting Program Recap Collecting Comics: June 2018 Edition by Ally Watkins Book Review: I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton Epistolary YA Lit Roundup by Michelle Biwer Sunday Reflections: Dear Writers, Women’s Stories Don’t Always Have to Involve Sexual Violence […]

Epistolary YA Lit Roundup by Michelle Biwer

Epistolary works weave various types of documents together into a unique form of narrative. Here are some recent releases in epistolary YA. Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017, Crown Books) Justyce McAllister writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King as he tries to figure out his place at his all-white boarding school and what it […]

Friday Finds: June 1, 2018

This Week at TLT The top 25 children’s titles at my school this year Mini Book Reviews: What I’ve Been Reading including books by Lauren Oliver, Claire Legrand, Caleb Roehrig, Justina Ireland and more MakerSpace: Guitar Pick Jewelry Planting Books, Growing Readers, a guest post by Liesl Shurtliff Book Review: Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale […]

Friday Finds: May 25, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: All Summer Long by Hope Larson Summer Reading Chaos: How do we balance the needs of our community with those of our staff? #ReadForChange: Get Really Real with Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, a guest post by Marie Marquardt DNA Profiling Program Recap by Michelle Biwer Sunday Reflections: This […]

DNA Profiling Program Recap by Michelle Biwer

A local branch of the international biotechnology corporation Thermo Fisher conducts outreach every year in my community. They approached our library system with offers of free programs they could run at the library for our patrons. A group of scientists from Thermo Fisher came to share a 1.5 hour program about DNA profiling for teens […]

Friday Finds: May 18, 2018

This Week at TLT Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Proposal: Serving New Adults in Public Libraries Book Review: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018 Showcase and Giveaway Twin Cities Teen Lit Con 2018: Mental Health in YA Literature Presentation Recently in Audio Books YA A […]

Recently in Audio Books

I’ve been on a bit of an audio book kick lately. My commute is about 25 minutes each way, which gives me a good period of time to listen to audio in the car. First up is the latest installment of Libba Bray’s Diviners series – Before the Devil Breaks You. Like the two that […]

Friday Finds: May 11, 2018

This Week at TLT Michele Bacon’s Empathy Challenge Book Review: Four-Letter Word by Christa Desir MakerSpace: Screen Printing with the Silhouette Cameo – a comparison of processes and cost #SVYALit: The Importance of Language in Building a Culture of Consent, or no actually, don’t suggest getting people black out drunk Book Review: We’ll Fly Away […]

Little Bits Droid Inventor Review by Michelle Biwer

My love of Star Wars aside, I like the simplicity of use and customization options of the Little Bits Droid Inventor Kit. The tweens at my library really enjoyed the building process of making their own Star Wars droid and were able to complete most tasks without any help. Because a lot of its functions […]

Friday Finds: May 4, 2018

This Week at TLT What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May 2018 TPiB MakerSpace: Love Your Pets Collecting Comics: May 2018 with Ally Watkins The 3Ps of Creating a Welcoming Library Book Review: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson 5 Question Interview with Undead Girl Gang author Lily […]

5 Question Interview with Undead Girl Gang author Lily Anderson

Today we are lucky to be joined by Lily Anderson, author of Undead Girl Gang, for a 5 question interview: Other than Mila, who was your favorite character to write and why? I love all of my characters, obviously, but writing love interests is such a unique challenge in every book. For UNDEAD GIRL GANG, […]

Friday Finds: April 27, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian YA A to Z: The Long Road to Gentrification, a guest post by author Lilliam Rivera New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about Parrot Mambo Drone Review by Michelle Biwer Collection Development: Updating My GN and Manga Collection; or, that time I […]

Parrot Mambo Drone Review by Michelle Biwer

Our library recently purchased a set of Parrot Mambo Drones for use in STEM programs. They are about $110 each plus accessories. With Parrot Mambo Drones you can: Fly a drone using a smartphone or other device with a bluetooth connection as a remote. Program a drone using different programming languages/platforms including Swift Playground, Tynker, […]

Friday Finds: April 20, 2018

This Week at TLT #ReadForChange: Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Midnight at the Electric and climate change, a guest post by Marie Marquardt YA A to Z: H is for Historical Fiction, a guest post by librarian Amanda Perez Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books YA A to Z: Friends and Troublemakers, a guest […]

Friday Finds: April 13, 2018

This Week at TLT Keeping History Alive Through Inspiration L.B. Schulman, author of Stolen Secrets What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2018 The Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and THE FALL OF INNOCENCE BY Jenny Torres Sanchez Good Morning, USA, a guest post by Elizabeth Partridge Book Review: Boots on the Ground: America’s War […]

Tools for Teen Engagement by Michelle Biwer

Below are a few resources that have helped me improve my electronic communication and expand my reach to teens in my community. Mailchimp Mailchimp is a marketing email platform that is free for up to 2,000 subscribers. I use it to send updates and opportunities to teen volunteers because I have over 150 and Outlook […]