April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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 […]

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 […]

Friday Finds: April 6, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand Book Review: Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart Striking Teachers Deserve Our Support Collecting Comics: April 2018 with Ally Watkins Book Review: Antipodes by Michele Bacon Book Review: Examining Toxic Masculinity in TRADITION […]

Friday Finds: April 6, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand Book Review: Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart Striking Teachers Deserve Our Support Collecting Comics: April 2018 with Ally Watkins Book Review: Antipodes by Michele Bacon Book Review: Examining Toxic Masculinity in TRADITION […]

Striking Teachers Deserve Our Support

Teachers play a critical role in the lives of our youth and they have long been neglected by both state legislatures and local communities. Certainly there are isolated schools and school systems with adequate support, but these are the exception, not the rule. Not only do many teachers work long hours for ridiculously low pay […]

Collecting Comics: April 2018 with Ally Watkins

Check out these April comics that your teens and tweens will love!   Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick, illustrated by Thomas Taylor (First Second, April 3). Scarlett is from a long line of monster hunters, and she’s determined to keep her family’s legacy alive, even if she’s too young to be licensed by […]

Friday Finds: March 30, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding YA A to Z: Being Heard – Anne Frank, Diaries and Teens, a discussion of Anne Frank with Author Mary Amato Book Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir Book Review: Rookie on Love […]

YA A to Z: Financial Literacy and Teens by Michelle Biwer

Media literacy and fake news have been hot topics in youth services lately, but financial literacy is often lower on the radar of educators and students. Most states do not require students to take finance classes in school. April is Financial Literacy Month, so now is a great time to highlight personal finance topics at […]

Friday Finds: March 23, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books Putting the Science Back in Library Science: Collection Development, Diversity Audits, & Understanding Teens – Analyzing Data for Decision Making Collecting Comics: March 2018 with Ally Watkins #ReadForChange: American Dreams and Nightmares in Ibi Zoboi’s […]

Friday Finds: March 16, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about Why I DNFed MUNMUN by Jesse Andrews and Won’t Be Recommending It Book Review: Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado, a guest review by Callum (age 11) What’s […]

Event Recap: NoVa Teen Book Festival by Michelle Biwer

The 5th Annual NoVa Teen Book Festival was held this past Saturday, March 10th in Arlington, VA. It is a completely free event to attend, although advanced registration is encouraged. Due to partnerships with local schools and public libraries, the majority of attendees were teens although all are welcome. 30+ Young Adult authors were present […]

Friday Finds: March 9, 2018

This Week at TLT Book Review: After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay Book Review: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani YA A to Z: “Fake News” and Disinformation, a guest post by Diana Rodriguez Wallach Book Review: P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy Book Review: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough YA A […]

Friday Finds: March 2, 2018

This Week at TLT NCTE’s African-American Read-In by Michelle Biwer A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) by Sayantani DasGupta Book Review: One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock Living on the Brink of Homelessness by […]

NCTE’s African-American Read-In by Michelle Biwer

My coworker Eileen Foley-Breck is a retired English teacher and found information about a wonderful nationwide event series created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, called the African-American Read-In. The purpose of the Read-In is to promote diversity in literature and “make literacy a significant part of Black History […]

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 […]