February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

YA A to Z: An Alphabet Soup of Awesome YA Authors

For the month of November, in the spirit of being thankful, we decided that we would celebrate some of our favorite YA authors in something we are calling #YAAtoZ. We are thankful for the awesome YA authors who write the books that move us, make us think, and some times just give us the best […]

Trailer Reveal: Hellhole by Gina Damico

We are very excited to introduce you to the book trailer for Gina Damico’s newest book: Hellhole Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel   strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell—and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the […]

In which TLT has a very important (and exciting!) announcement to make

Heather, Robin, Amanda and I are very excited and incredibly honored to announce that Teen Librarian Toolbox is becoming a part of the School Library Journal blog network. In order to make this transition, the SLJ tech people have to do a couple of technical things, which will be happening this weekend. TLT may experience […]

Killing Your Darlings (A reflection on weeding)

Weeding. Sometimes, it seems such a violent act. Sometimes we have to kill our darlings. And for me, that time came in 2011. And it involved my beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You see, as a Buffy fan I had been on standing order for the book series since forever. But time marches on, shows […]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: My First Fandom (a guest post by Cindy) (The Sunnydale Project Year 3)

One true thing is that you will never forget your first big fandom. Growing up as the weird kid in my school, I loved Beauty and the Beast and I adored L.J. Smith whose books started me on my love affair with reading. Nothing could and will never compare to my love of Buffy The […]

Friday Finds – Halloween Edition

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The soundtrack of our lives Take 5: Why I Love Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Sunnydale Project Year 3) Middle Grade Monday – Why Rick Riordan is the opposite of a problem The Sunnydale Project: Celebrating Buffy the Vampire Slayer  Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Validating Teens, a guest post […]

Five by Five: 5 Speculative Fiction and 5 Contemporary Fiction Books that Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fans Should Read

As a Buffy fan, I will often finish a book and think to myself, that would be a great book for Buffy fans. Sometimes the connections are obvious – vampires, zombies and demons, oh my! Sometimes it has more to do with the tone or the characters. The cast of Buffy had a certain snark […]

Great YA Reads for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fans, a guest post by author Alexandra Duncan (The Sunnydale Project Year 3)

I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer during my sophomore year of college, a year or so before the show went off the air. The war in Iraq had just started, my family was in the throes of pre-divorce drama, and my long-term boyfriend – now my husband – was living in another city half […]

Starting a Vampire Book Club, a guest post by Carrie (The Sunnydale Project Year 3)

Back when Edward Cullen was at his very sparkliest, I was teaching English at an all-girls high school. I have never seen anything like it. Spontaneous character debates broke out in class and my pro-Jacob leanings earned me some enemies (I make no apologies. He was WARM and could FIX THINGS). Whispers of “Team Edward” […]

Webinar: Putting More Music in Our Libraries (Music and Teen Programming)

For some time now I have been putting together a variety of webinars for Florida Library Webinars (with Novare Library Services). So when they asked me months ago about some potential topics for this year, one of the items I wanted to explore was putting more music in my library programming. I must give a […]