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Collecting Comics: December 2017 Edition, by Ally Watkins

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Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are a few suggestions of things coming out this month that your teens and tweens will enjoy!

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Gotham Academy, Second Semester, Volume 2: The Ballad of Olive Silverlock by Brendan Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl, illustrated by Adam Archer (DC Comics, December 5). In this final volume of the popular Gotham Academy series, we learn the fate of Olive, who has been possessed by her ancestor, Amity Arkham, who wants nothing more than to destroy Gotham City. Will the rest of the Detective Club be able to save her? Collects issues #9-#12 and #4 of the comic book series. This one features a lot of Gotham references, so give it to your Batman fans.

I Am Groot by Chris Hastings, illustrated by Flaviano (Marvel, December 5). When the Guardians of the Galaxy get stuck in a wormhole, a small Groot finds himself on his own in an alien world where no one can understand him. He must make a journey to the center of the world if he wants to find his family again! Collects issues #1-#5 of the comic book series.

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Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation by Allesandro Ferrari (IDW Publishing, December 12). This graphic adaptation of the popular Rogue One film features Jyn Erso, daughter of the Death Star’s creator, who is trying to save her father from Imperial control and steal the plans for the Death Star. Leads directly into the opening scene of Episode IV. All of your young Star Wars fans will be lining up for this one.

Lumberjanes Volume 7: A Bird’s-Eye View by Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh, illustrated by Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, and Maarta Laiho (BOOM! Box, December 12). The High Council is coming to camp for inspection and everyone is trying to make everything perfect, even though there’s a storm brewing and kittens from the boy’s camp are manifesting magic powers. The multiple Eisner-award winning series is back with a new trade volume! Collects issues #25-#28 of the comic book series. Lumberjanes is perfect for fans of summer camp adventures and friendship stories.

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Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes, illustrated by Selina Espiritu (BOOM! Studios, December 12). Brianna has big cooking dreams. She wants to open her own restaurant. But the only place she can afford to do it is in Monster City…where she’s the only human. Will her restaurant succeed?? Collects the entire limited series.

Misfit City Volume 1 by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Kurt Lustgarten, illustrated by Naomi Franquiz (BOOM! Box, December 19).  Nothing fun has happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed a cult classic movie there in the 80s. But then she and her friends happen upon a centuries-old pirate map…and they discover their town might not be so boring after all! Collects issues #1-#4 of the comic book series. Give this one to your adventure readers.

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Ms. Marvel Volume 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona (Marvel, December 26). An old enemy resurfaces and begins to target those closest to intrepid teenage hero Kamala Khan. She begins to suspect that something even more sinister is at work. Collects issues #19-#24 of the comic book series. Your superhero fans will love Ms. Marvel, the Pakistani-American teen trying to balance family, friends, and superhero-ing in her hometown of Jersey City.

See you in 2018!

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3)

In this final post on doing my diversity audit, I just wanted to share my sources and resources with you. It’s also available in the PDF outline of my process, but since these are clickable links you may prefer to access them this way. Also, if you know of additional book lists or titles that you would like to recommend, please add them in the comments.

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Diversity in Publishing

Statistics | Diversity in YA

The Diversity Baseline Survey | Lee & Low Books

Infographic Series: The Diversity Gap | Lee & Low Books

SLJ Resources for Diversity in Kid and YA Lit | School Library Journal

We Need Diverse Books | Official site of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Children’s Book Council (CBC) Diversity ;CBC Diversity Initiative | Children’s Book Council

Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Publishing Stats on Children’s Books and Diversity

Population Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts selected: UNITED STATES

LGBT America: By the Numbers | Washington Week – PBS

Doing a Diversity Audit

Diversity in Collection Development – American Library Association

Having Students Analyze Our Classroom Library To See How Diverse It Is

Diversity in Libraries–From Collections and Community to Staff

Third Graders Assess and Improve Diversity of Classroom Library

How You Can Support the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

Additional Resources: Book Lists and New Releases

Diversity in YA (General)

We Need Diverse Books | Official site of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Reading While White

Rich In Color

Book Lists | Diversity in YAwww.diversityinya.com/category/book-lists/

Diversity in Young Adult and Middle Grade (1351 books) – Goodreads

31 Young Adult Books With Diverse Characters Literally Everyone

Diversity YA Life: Diverse Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror – The Hub

Diversity YA Life: Urban Fiction – The Hub

Rich in Color | Reading & Reviewing Diverse YA Booksrichincolor.com/

Diversify YA Life: Horror with Diverse Characters

50 Years of Diversity in Young Adult Literature by Edith Campbell

60 Diverse Books To Look for in 2017

10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017 | Teen Vogue

Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books – Book Riot

Asian American Protagonists

Best Asian-American Teen Fiction (156 books) – Goodreads

A Round-Up of Awesome Asian American Protagonists in YA Lit

11 Young Adult Novels By Asian-American Authors – Bustle

LatinX Representation

Latinx Ya Shelf – Goodreads

13 Upcoming YA Books By Latinx Authors To Start Getting Excited

9 Books By Latinx Authors I Wish I Had As A Teenager – Bustle

Latinxs in Kid Lithttps://latinosinkidlit.com/ 

Native American Representation

American Indians in Children’s Literature

#OwnVoices Representation: Native American Authors – YA Interrobang

Teen Books With Native American Characters and Stories (66 books)

Some thoughts on YA lit and American Indians – American Indians in Children’s Literature/Debbie Reese

Books Outside The Box: Native Americans – The Hub

Teen Books by Native Writers to Trumpet Year-Round | School Library

POC Leads

10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017 | Teen Vogue

Faces of Color on 2017 YA Books – Book Riot

12 Young Adult Novels With POC Protagonists – Bustle

14 YA Books About LGBTQ People of Color – The B&N Teen Blog

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LGBTQAI+

YA Pride (formerly Gay YA) : YA Pride (@YA_Pride) | Twitter

30 Essential LGBT Books for YA Readers – AbeBooks

100 Must-Read LGBTQIA YA Books – Book Riot

23 of Our Most Anticipated LGBTQA YA Books of 2017 – The B&N

72 Must-Read YA Books Featuring Gay Protagonists – Epic Reads

The Rainbow Book List

Stonewall Book Awards List

Disability in YA Lit

Disability in Kidlit — Reviews, articles, and more about the portrayal of …

People First: Disabilities in YA Lit – The Hub

Feminist YA

50 Crucial Feminist YA Novels – The B&N Teen Blog

34 Young Adult Books Every Feminist Will Love – BuzzFeed

100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader | Bitch Media

Body Acceptance

5 Body-Positive YA Reads to Take to the Beach – The B&N Teen Blog

Celebrating Every Body: 25 Body Image Positive Books for Mighty Girls

7 Body Positive YA Books That Slay | Brit + Co

Julie Murphy’s ‘Dumplin’ And 6 Other Body Positive YA Novels – Bustle

Religious Diversity in YA

#FSYALit at Teen Librarian Toolbox

Rich in Color | Six YA Books with Middle Eastern or Muslim Protagonists

Diversity in YA Literature: Muslim Teens – The Hub

Jewish Themed Young Adult Books, Not About The Holocaust

The Big Five (+1) in YA: Atheism and Agnosticism – The Hub

The Big Five (+1) in YA: Buddhism – The Hub

Mental Health in YA

#MHYALit at Teen Librarian Toolbox

29 YA Books About Mental Health That Actually Nail It – BuzzFeed

16 YAs That Get it Right: Mental Health Edition – The B&N Teen Blog

YA novels that get real about mental health – HelloGiggles

11 YA Novels That Deal With Mental Health Issues – Bustle

10 Must-Read YA Books That Also Talk About Mental Health – Healthline

Socio-Economic Diversity in YA Lit

Socio-Economic Diversity in YA Lit

Poverty in YA Literature

Rich Teen, Poor Teen: Books that depict teens living in poverty

#SJYALit: A Bibliography of MG and YA Lit Featuring Homeless Youth

Own Voices

MG/YA/NA #ownvoices (216 books) – Goodreads

#OwnVoices in Disability and Neurodiversity | The Daily Dahlia

11 of Our Most Anticipated #OwnVoices Reads of 2017

10 Amazing #OwnVoices Reads from 2016

LGBTQA Science Fiction and Fantasy YA by #OwnVoices Authors

Don’t forget to check out the hasthag #OwnVoices on Twitter

New Releases

YA Books Centralwww.yabookscentral.com/

Teen Reads – www.teenreads.com

Book Riot – www.bookriot.com

Barnes and Noble Teen Blog – www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/

YA Interrobang – www.yainterrobang.com

YA Lit – www.yalit.com

Epic Reads – www.epicreads.com

Pop Crush – www.popcrush.com

Bustle – www.bustle.com

Adventures in YA – www.adventuresinya.com

Coming Soon

17 Upcoming YA by Authors of Color: Bustle

Teens of Color on 2018 YA Book Covers – STACKED – books

2018 YA/MG Books With POC Leads (120 books) – Goodreads

Thirteen YA Books That Feature POC Leads Coming to You This 2018

17 YA Books By Authors Of Color To Look Out For In The First Half Of 2018

2018 YA Books with (Possible) LGBT Themes (114 books) – Goodreads – please note the possible noted here

The Complete List of 2018 YA Releases | Fictionist Magazine

YA Novels of 2018 (708 books) – Goodreads

YA Debuts 2018 (96 books) – Goodreads

Electric Eighteens | Electric 18s – 2018 Debut Young Adult

*with assistance from TLTer Heather Booth

Complete YA Collection Diversity Audit Series

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Understanding Your Local Community (Part 1)

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3)

Diversity Audit Outline 2017 with Sources

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

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So yesterday I began telling you about doing my diversity audit. I began in a place that many people wouldn’t suspect, by doing a local community needs and assessment evaluation. I thought if I wanted to understand why I was building a diverse/inclusive collection, I also wanted to understand who I was doing it for. Also, this was part of my process on researching target goals. The question I asked myself is this: what does an inclusive YA collection look like? And to do that I thought I needed to better understand what my local community and the world at large actually looks like. No guessing, no anecdotes, but facts.

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After looking at my local community demographics, I then researched what the U.S. population looks like, keeping in mind that U.S. Census data comes out every ten years and involves a lot of margin for error because respondents must use per-detetermined categories to respond and many people identify in more than one way. (Note: please see uploaded outline below for a more complete look at stats and diversity categories to investigate.)

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Serving Teens in Libraries Infographic

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Then I dived deep into what diversity in children’s publishing looks like (spoiler alert: it’s not good). I used resources like the Lee and Low Diversity Baseline Survey to get a better understanding of what diversity in children’s publishing looks like. A realistic diversity goal has to include an understanding of what is being published. We can’t buy diverse titles that don’t exist, which is why we must continue to ask the publishing world to work towards better inclusion at all levels of publishing.

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“This year, the number jumped to 28% . . . ” – http://blog.leeandlow.com/2017/03/30/the-diversity-gap-in-childrens-book-publishing-2017/

Checklist: 8 Steps to Creating a Diverse Book Collection | Lee & Low

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Another worksheet example can be found here: http://sfpsmom.com/black-history-month-12-diversify-bookshelves/

With a better understanding of what the world looks like and some real investigation into my own personal biases and privilege (which is an ongoing process), I then began looking at my collection in depth. This was a painstaking process that involved a lot of research. I researched each title and author in my collection to the extent that was reasonably possible. Reasonably meaning given an appropriate use of my time, skills, and what information is available. For example, not all authors are publicly out and they deserve to make that decision for themselves, but it can affect a count of Own Voices GLBTQAI+ titles. Please note: you can make your headings and count whatever it is you wish to audit.

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My excel worksheet, created by importing a shelf list, looks like this

At one point my fellow TLTer Robin Willis came out for a week long visit and we went title by title through my shelf list discussing whether or not a title had a main or supporting character that was something other than white, male, cisgender. We had a lot of quality discussions about individual titles, authors and the idea of diversity and inclusion as a whole. And yes, public librarians do indeed end up taking weird vacations, so thank you Robin for taking your time to come spend with me and help me with this project.

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After doing the inventory several times and determining that I had the best knowledge that I could have, I then went and did the math that told me which percentage of my collection was diverse, Own Voices, GLBTQAI+ or featured a teen with a disability. I assumed I was doing a good job of building diverse, inclusive collections. It “felt” like I was doing a good job. I was trying to do a good job. Spoiler alert: I was not. Even when I was being intentional in building inclusive collections, I was not doing as well as I thought I was. For example, the percentage of titles featuring a teen with a disability were dismal at only 2.2%. However, after some targeted ordering, my GLBTQAI+ percentage went from around 3% up to 6.5%. This is part of why this type of collection audit is informative: I thought I was doing a good job of buying diverse titles, but an audit revealed that I wasn’t doing as good of a job as I thought I was and helped me make more informed and purposeful purchasing decisions. I thought I was doing a good job, I learned that I wasn’t, now I am doing better and have the data to back that statement up.

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As a tangential note, I will also admit that this in depth collection analysis has also led me on a quest to investigate subject headings in our catalog. For example, we had books with the heading of transvestite, transsexual and transgender, and since transgender is the term that teen readers will be most familiar with and is the currently preferred term, we added a subject heading of transgender (transgender people – fiction) to all titles. Similarly, we looked at titles like Tash Hearts Tolstoy to make sure that teens looking for asexual representation could find that title using our card catalog without having to ask an adult. Teens looking for GLBTQAI+ materials in particular don’t always want or feel comfortable asking an adult for help so we are working on making these titles accessible in multiple ways for teens who want to read but don’t necessarily want to ask for help in locating titles.

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This work is ongoing for me. As I mentioned above, it helps inform my monthly book ordering. Now when I do a book order, I do a sort of mini audit of each book order to make sure that I am doing the work of building an inclusive collection each and every order. I will also do occasional targeted audits, like this summer when I went through each and every letter of the GLBTQAI+ umbrella and made sure I had quality titles that represented each letter. A yearly or every few years audit combined with monthly book order audits and targeted audits makes my collection development more intentional. It’s not enough to think I’m doing the work, I now do the work. And having concrete facts and figures in front of me helps me to stop assuming while confronting my purchasing biases head on. And since I just took over this collection 3 years ago (new library), it has helped me better know and understand this collection as well as what is offered, making for some amazing RA to be honest. It also helped me fill in title holes and re-order missing or lost books that I think every collection should have.

The benefits of doing a diversity collection audit are plentiful and I highly recommend it, with a few caveats. First, it’s important that we remember that not all representation is good representation. There are a lot of tropes, stereotypes, and controversial titles out there that you should be aware of. You’ll also want to take the time to make yourself more familiar with Own Voices authors and titles. Remember that even when we talk about diversity, we should have diverse titles within that diverse representation. For example, not all GLBTQAI+ titles should be coming out stories, and not all coming out stories are the same. And, finally, we should remember and value the importance of intersectionality: most people identify as more than one thing, and that should be represented in our literature as well. For example, a black woman may identify as having a disability and being bisexual, because we are all complex human beings who are more than one thing and all more than our labels. Those stories deserve to be told and read.

With all that said, here is an in depth outline of this project: Diversity Audit Outline 2017 with Sources

Complete YA Collection Diversity Audit Series

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Understanding Your Local Community (Part 1)

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3)

Edited to Add: Someone asked about measuring intersectionality. You could simply add a column heading for intersectionality and any book that has more than one tally mark in a column would also have a tally mark for intersectionality. Then you would do the math and have an idea of how many intersectional titles are in your collection.

Also, after you do your original collection audit, you can then just do an audit of all the titles added since the date of your last audit and combine the information. If you do book order audits, that information could also be added to your original audit to keep your figures current.

In Our Mailbox: How Do You Keep Track of New Releases?

Occasionally we get email from readers, which we try to answer. One question we’ve gotten asked a lot is about how we keep track of upcoming MG and YA releases. So today we thought we would share with you each of our personal methods. Share yours with us in the comments please.

How Karen Keeps Track of Upcoming & New Releases

I have learned over the years that I am a visual person, so I have made for myself a notebook which is my life blood for both reviewing for the blog and collection development for my library.

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The notebook is divided into months and at the beginning of each month I print out a calendar where I write in release dates for review purposes and schedule posts.

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Then within each month I print off a variety of lists of titles that come out that month. I use sources like Edelweiss and Baker and Taylor 360 to build my lists of upcoming titles. For example, I will put titles into carts based on their release dates. Then in February I can go in and submit the March and April carts for purchase (we can’t have titles more than 3 months out in our ordering carts). Having a visual print out of my carts also helps me do a double check for diversity. I look at each title to see what topics it covers, who the authors are, etc. If I find I am ordering too many of one type of book, I look to see what midlist titles I can drop off and replace with different types of titles. And yes, I take covers into consideration as well because teens do judge a book by its cover. I have the amount of money and how many titles I can purchase by month down to an exact science, which also helps.

For specific tools, I like to use Edelweiss, Netgalley and B&T. Edelweiss, for example, allows you to move titles into a “Collection” and give it a name. I name mine by publisher and release date. I then print them off and place them into my notebook. Then when it’s time to order I can move those collections into an ordering cart to be submitted.

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I use Edelweiss and B&T because they allow me to sort and print lists in ways that are meaningful to me. They also allow me to include things like synopsis, subject headings and age ranges. I then also visit other blogs to make sure I’m not somehow missing either big name titles or something that maybe sounds awesome but just isn’t getting the big buzz. No matter how hard we all try, however, things do occasionally get missed because we’re all human.

You can also get a good visual list to begin with by Googling “April New YA Goodreads” (as an example), particularly during the first three months of a new year. For some reason, these lists tend to taper off as the year progresses. This is by no means a great collection development tool, but it can be a great resource for new series titles that are coming out in the beginning of the year.

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And yes, I recycle. 😀


How Robin Keeps Track of Upcoming & New Releases


I usually select new titles after reading reviews in periodicals such as School Library Journal, VOYA, or Booklist. Once I’ve decided a title might be something to add to our collection, I go online to the vendors I normally use for purchasing and add it to one of the lists I’ve created to track items for purchase. I’ve divided the lists into fiction, graphic novels, social sciences, science and technology, humanities, and history and biography.


How Amanda Keeps Track of Upcoming & New Releases


I keep a few different lists to stay on top of what’s new. One is specifically new and forthcoming LGBTQIA+ YA books. One is galleys I’ve gotten and intend to read. Another document includes ALL of the review books I get–whether I requested them or not, whether I intend to review them or not. My last document is books on my radar that I need to track down. I check in with Edelweiss weekly to add new titles to all those lists. I am lucky that I get a lot of catalogs from publishers asking me to pick what I’d like them to send me. I read SLJ, VOYA, and The Horn Book and build lists from titles that catch my attention there. I owe a lot of credit to Twitter–all of the book chatter there about new and upcoming titles means I’m adding titles to all of my lists almost daily.


To manage my TBR mountain, I try to mostly read in order of publication date. I plan out what I intend to review for TLT as books roll in, then fit in other books around those titles. I rarely read out of order–publication dates keep me on a schedule and help the pile not feel so staggering. I’ve had to learn to DNF books, something I’ve never been good at, because there are only so many books I can ever read, so why waste my time on ones that don’t work for me. I’ve made myself stop hate-reading things. I tend to not write negative reviews and will just skip books that aren’t appealing. Some days my mountain feels manageable. Then UPS shows up with more books. And all of my library holds come in at once. And Edelweiss adds new titles. And publishers’ catalogs appear in my inbox. I’m not complaining; it’s a pretty great problem to have.


How Heather Keeps Track of Upcoming & New Releases



I keep a running cart that I can add to. I check http://www.teenreads.com/coming-soon pretty regularly (I should do it every month, but don’t always remember) so I can preorder. That’s mainly for ordering purposes. For my own TBR list, I use Goodreads.

Evy’s First Impressions

What prompts a teen to pick up one book instead of another? Evy dug through Heather’s big old box-o-books and picked four to take home. What did she pick and why? This TLT Teen Advisory Board member is an avid YouTube fan, so she decided to tell you in a video. Thanks Evy!

Books discussed:

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Love Drugged by James Klise

Under Shifting Glass by Nicky Singer

The Sister Pact by Stacie Rayme

Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library.

makerspaceThis is the process we went through to establish the collection.

1. Collection Codes and Definitions

Before we began, we had to figure out the technical aspects of starting a new collection. This meant discussing things like collection codes, spine labels, circulation periods, etc. We use Polaris and it was pretty easy for our Tech Services staff to put together the necessary collection codes for us. We decided to label them MS for MakerSpace and TS created special spine labels for them. This first step was actually the easiest part of the entire process.

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2. Evaluating the Current Collection

Next we began actually trying to build the collection. The first thing we did was to go through all the items we actually had on the shelves and decide if we wanted to keep them where they were or re-catalog them and move them to the MS collection. We discovered we had quite a few titles on hand that we felt could easily fit into this collection and we pulled them. As I type this TS in the process of re-cataloging them for us (thank you TS!)

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3. Researching New Items

The next part of the process involved research, but since we are librarians we’re actually pretty good at this. We began with the recent SLJ Maker Shelf list and went from there. Another great resource are the books published by Make which you can find at Make Zine. I then created a very extensive wishlist of books using Amazon. It ended up being rather large. I printed off a copy of the list for multiple people and then the head of Children’s and I sat down and went through the list title by title to evaluate them. One of the first things we looked at was, of course, publication date. Beyond that we wanted to make sure we had a variety of topics covered. The topics we are looking to include in our Maker collection include: Coding, Electronics, Robotics, Engineering, Digital Photography, Movie Making, Making, Tinkering, etc.

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4. Discussing Goals and Definitions, Again

We had a rather lengthy discussion about the crafting section and decided that due to it’s size, we would leave it for the time being where it was because the shelf space that we have for the Maker collection would not accommodate the number of titles we currently have in the J nonfiction collection that deal with arts and crafts. I personally am a big proponent of arts and crafts and feel like this is a valid part of the maker movement, but in the end we had to select some specific, targeted goals and boundaries because of the space we had available to us.

5. Building the New Collection

In the end, we ordered a pretty decent number of titles for this new collection (which I have conveniently shared with you below thanks in no small part to the kind generosity of TLTer Robin Willis – thank you Robin!).

Note: The list below includes items that we ordered for the Maker collection and items that we ordered to put into our Circulating Maker Kits (CMKs).

As you can tell, this is a work in progress. And if you ask me, it’s an exciting and very fulfilling work in progress. A lot of people have worked hard to try and make all this happen and it has been fun, informative, and very professionally fulfilling. I believe we are doing good things for our local community, and that basically rocks.

Maker Collection Booklist:

Stopmotion Explosion: Animate Anything and Make Movies- Epic Films for $20 or Less  by Nate Eckerson

Brick Flicks: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Stop-Motion LEGO Movies by Sarah Herman

The Kids’ Guide to Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Save, Play with & Print Your Digital Photos by Jenni Bidner

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers by Hatch, Mark

Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry: Make Bracelets, Rings, Belts & More with Rainbow Loom(R), Cra-Z-Loom(TM)​, or FunLoom(TM) by Colleen Dorsey

Robot Building for Teens by Behnam Salemi

Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors by Susan Casey

Fundamentals of Robotics: Fun for parents and children (Robots For Children) (Volume 1) by Prof Charria

101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media art by Cherril Doty, Suzette Rosenthal, Isaac Anderson

Drawing Comics Lab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & P​rofessional Practices (Lab Series) by Robyn Chapman

Creative Photography Lab: 52 Fun Exercises for Developing Self-Expressio​n with your Camera. Includes 6 Mixed-Media Projects (Lab Series) by Steve Sonheim, Carla Sonheim

Print & Stamp Lab: 52 Ideas for Handmade, Upcycled Print Tools (Lab Series) by Traci Bunkers

Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations​, and Exploratory Projects (Lab Series) by Bee Shay

Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers (Lab Series) by Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake

Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method (Lab Series) by Deborah Forman

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series) by Carla Sonheim

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series) by Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake

The Loomatic’s Interactive Guide to the Rainbow Loom by Suzanne M. Peterson

Loom Band It: 60 Rubberband Projects for the Budding Loomineer by Kat Roberts, Tessa Sillars-Powell

Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO (Brick…LEGO Series) by Warren Elsmore

The Art of LEGO Design: Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models by Jordan Schwartz

Brick Vehicles: Amazing Air, Land, and Sea Machines to Build from LEGO® by Warren Elsmore

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More​! by Megan H. Rothrock

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (Now in Color!) by Allan Bedford

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & Mo​re! by Megan H. Rothrock

Make: The Makerspace Workbench: Tools, Technologies, and Techniques for Making by Adam Kemp

Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything by David Lang

Arduino for Beginners: Essential Skills Every Maker Needs by John Baichtal

The Best of Instructables Volume I: Do-It-Yourself Projects from the World’s Biggest Show & Tell (v. 1) by The editors at MAKE magazine and Instructables. com

Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics by Ed Sobey

Life Hacks: Any Procedure or Action That Solves a Problem, Simplifies a Task, Reduces Frustration, Etc. in One’s Everyday Life by Keith Bradford

The Big Book of Maker Skills (Popular Science): 200+ Tools & Techni​ques for Building Great Tech Projects by Chris Hackett

The Big Book of Maker Skills (Popular Science): Tools & Techni​ques for Building Great Tech Projects by Chris Hackett

The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects by Doug Cantor

62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) by Randy Sarafan

Boomerangs: How to Make and Throw Them by Bernard S. Mason

The Paper Boomerang Book: Build Them, Throw Them, and Get Them to Return Every Time (Science in Motion) by Mark Latno

Papertoy Monsters: 50 Cool Papertoys You Can Make Yourself! by Brian Castleforte, Netta Rabin, Robert James

Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions: You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) by Maxine Anderson

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move by Keisuke Saka, Eri Hamaji

The Motorboat Book: Build & Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheeler​s, Electric Submarines & M​ore (Science in Motion) by Ed Sobey

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson, Mike Petrich

LEGO Chain Reactions: Design and build amazing moving machines (Klutz S) by Pat Murphy and the Scientists of Klutz Labs

Kinetic Contraptions: Build a Hovercraft, Airboat, and More with a Hobby Motor by Curt Gabrielson

Make: More Electronics: Journey Deep Into the World of Logic Chips, Amplifiers, Sensors, and Randomicity by Charles Platt

Programming Arduino: Getting Started With Sketches by Monk Simon

Make: Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA: Making Wearables with an Arduino-Compat​ible Electronics Platform by Becky Stern, Tyler Cooper

Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments by Kate Hartman

JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology by David Hrynkiw, Mark Tilden

Make an Arduino-Contro​lled Robot (Make: Projects) by Michael Margolis

Make a Raspberry Pi-Controlled Robot: Building a Rover with Python, Linux, Motors, and Sensors by Wolfram Donat

Robot Builder: The Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by John Baichtal

Make: Basic Arduino Projects: 26 Experiments with Microcontrolle​rs and Electronics by Don Wilcher

The Best of Make: (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE) by Mark Frauenfelder, Gareth Branwyn

Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) by Charles Platt

Make: Sensors: A Hands-On Primer for Monitoring the Real World with Arduino and Raspberry Pi by Tero Karvinen, Kimmo Karvinen, Ville Valtokari

Robot Builder’s Bonanza, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

Make: The Maker’s Manual: A Practical Guide to the New Industrial Revolution by Paolo Aliverti, Andrea Maietta, Patrick Di Justo

Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas

Make: Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson

Make: Getting Started with littleBits: Prototyping and Inventing with Modular Electronics by Ayah Bdeir, Matt Richardson

Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff by Kathy Ceceri

Make: Getting Started with Sensors: Measure the World with Electronics, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi by Kimmo Karvinen, Tero Karvinen

Kodu for Kids: The Official Guide to Creating Your Own Video Games by James Floyd Kelly

Video Game Programming for Kids by Jonathan S. Harbour

Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendl​y Guide to Python Programming by Bryson Payne

Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 2): Learn to Program by Making Cool Games by The LEAD Project

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, 2nd Edition by Al Sweigart

Java Programming for Kids: Learn Java Step By Step and Build Your Own Interactive Calculator for Fun! (Java for Beginners) by R. Chandler Thompson

Adventures in Minecraft by David Whale, Martin O’Hanlon

Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs

Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math by Majed Marji

Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers 14.20 9781565233591
Make 11.99 9781457186707
Rosie Revere Engineer 13.31 9781419708459
How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons 7.19 9781633220126
Python for Kids 20.97 9781593274078
Tricky Video 18.95 9781591746232
The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion 10.80 9780471115144
Tinkerlab 13.17 9781611800654
Squishy Circuits 8.53 9781631377952
Stomp Rockets Catapults and Kaleidoscopes 10.17 9781556527371
Video Game Programming for Kids 11.99 9781435461161
Cool Creations in 101 Pieces 11.77 9781627790178
Cool Creations in 35 Pieces 10.20 9780805096927
Cool Cars and Trucks 10.20 9780805087611
Totally Cool Creations 11.99 9781250031105
Filmmaking For Teens 11.37 9781932907049
The Paper Boomerang Book 7.77 9781569762820
Recycled Robots 19.59 9780761154662
The Racecar Book 8.97 9781613747148
The Flying Machine Book 8.97 9781613740866
The Robot Book 8.97 9781556524073
Javascript for Kids 20.97 9781593274085
HighTech DIY Projects With 3D Printing 11.16 9781477766767
Engineering the ABCs 11.35 9781933916514
Making a Circuit 4.79 9781432956790
Conductors and Insulators 20.41 9781432956738
Teach Your Kids to Code 17.97 9781593276140
Animation Studio 15.69 9780763667016
Amazing Rubber Band Cars 8.97 9781556527364
Python Basics 15.00 9781107658554
Hello World 23.99 9781617290923
3D Game Programming for Teens 33.24 9781598638431
Loom Magic Creatures 7.19 9781629147956
Loom Magic Charms 7.19 9781632202598
CSS for Babies 7.06 9780615555218
HTML for Babies 7.06 9780615487663
ABC of the Web 12.30 9780988472617
Web Design for Babies 20 7.84 9780988472600
Computer Coding 3.59 9781465426857

MakerSpace Notes:

My Original Mobile Makerspace
My Updated Mobile Makerspace
MakerSpace Tech Tools Comparison Chart
The Unboxing and Learning Curve
Exploring Circulating Maker Kits

Early Word YA Galley Chat

Every month Early Word hosts a Twitter chat for YA librarians and readers to gather together and discuss upcoming titles. You can follow the hashtag #ewyagc to see yesterday’s discussion. Or you can check out the handy Storified version of the conversation.

What is Early Word? It’s an online tool for collection development and reader’s advisory. They have both an adult and a YA galley chat:

Join us each month for GalleyChat, to talk with fellow librarians about your favorite (and not-so-favorite) recent galleys, in two versions:

Adult Titles — held the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m, Eastern, the next one is Feb. 3. You’re welcome to join us at 3:30 for a “pre-Chat” —  virtual cocktails will be served. Hash tag, #ewgc.

Young Adult Titles — the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m., Eastern, (also with a pre-Chat session at 4:30, with virgin cocktails, of course). Hash tag, #ewyagc.

We use Twitter for GalleyChat, so if you’re new to Twitter, now’s the time to set up an account and begin honing your 140-character skills. Source and More Information: http://www.earlyword.com/galleychat/

Sunday Reflections: You can’t go home again?

When I began my freshman year of college in Mount Vernon, Ohio, I went to the student office and asked about job placement. I had to work while in college in order to maybe be able to afford college. They asked me what my major was – youth ministry – and they said the local public library had called asking about someone to work with teens in the libraries and I set out on an interview. My major, wanting to work with teens, made me a good candidate for the job. Except that they didn’t hire me, they hired someone else. Then 2 weeks later they called and said they really liked me and had decided to hire 2 people. The rest, as they say, is history.

I worked at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio for 7 years. I got married to The Mr. while working there. I graduated from undergrad and began working on my MLS while working there. My mentor and now friend became a part of my life here. And I have remained in contact with many of the staff there for these past 15 years.

When I began at PLMVKC, they did not have any YA services. It was in the early 90s and libraries were just starting to really make an effort to serve this population group with intention. My co-worker and I created a YA collection, we put together a TAG, and we put together a variety of programs. We had no idea what we were doing, it was all trial and error, and learning from others. But in the end, we put together a pretty successful program and I cried when I left to take another job.

This is what the YA space looked like in the 1990s when I worked there . . .

During the month of January 2015  I am working to help re-organize and re-evaluate some of their YA services and I will be sharing some of what that looks like with you periodically here. Today we will start with the YA area. Around 5 years ago they moved their YA area. They went about creating a new YA space by tapping into their Teen Advisory Group. Four teens researched and made a presentation to the library’s board asking them for a specific space in the library.

The space that currently houses the teen space used to be the magazine reading room when I worked there.  If the library was a squared shaped donut, the new YA room would be the squared shaped donut hole in the middle of the library. It is an almost fully enclosed room with windows on three sides that is immediately across from the Circulation Desk. You go down a short ramp to get into the room, giving it the illusion of seclusion while being in direct site line of the staff. As far as the footprint of the library goes, this is actually a really great place for the teen area. It’s cool, it’s accessible, and it is inviting.

The view from the Circulation Desk . . .

Down the ramp, which is on the right side of the picture above . . .

Once in the room, there is an entire wall of teen fiction. As you can see, it was originally quite packed with zero room for growth. One of the first things I did was dramatically weed this collection. My goal was to create not only room for new titles but room for face out merchandising of titles.

Before weeding . . .

After weeding . . .

After weeding 700 titles from fiction and nonfiction collection, which we’ll talk about in a minute, a little bit more space was opened. I’m thinking I’m going to have to take another more brutal pass in order to create the space we need for growth. The #1 thing you can do to increase circulation besides ordering good titles is make sure your shelves are not to full and do face out displays.

I was glad to see that they already had a dedicated space for a most excellent graphic novel and manga collection.

On the outsides of the room there is counter seating for laptops and there are a few public access computers which are dedicated to teen use only.

And of course there is seating space . . .

On the outside of the room, on the outside wall of the ramp, there was a small YA audio book and YA nonfiction collection. Because this nonfiction collection was literally 7 steps away from the adult nonfiction collection, it made sense to eliminate the separate YA nonfiction collection and expand the YA audio collection which was kind of tight and had no room for display. The YA nonfiction titles were evaluated and were either weeded or added into the adult nonfiction collection.

I originally left The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in the year 2000, so it has been 15 years since I have worked there. Because of a variety of relationships I have visited on occasion when I still lived in Ohio. Many things about the library look the same as when I worked there, the most dramatic change has definitely been the new YA space. We had a good YA space when I worked there, but this is a great space. It is a space that shows thoughtfulness and intentionality. It is inviting. It communicates to the teens in the community that they are valued at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

To be completely honest, I cried so hard when I left PLMVKC. They made me the librarian I am today, and the people became like family to me. Working there this past week really was like going home. And I’m not going to lie, working with a new collection is a tremendous amount of fun.

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 get cancelled, and new fandoms emerge.

I had read every single one of the Buffy and Angel books on my teen shelves. And together, the series took over a shelf and a half of precious space.

The problem wasn’t even that the books weren’t being read. Angel really wasn’t, but the Buffy books still flew off the shelves. Well, flew off the shelves may be a bit of hyperbole, but they definitely earned their keep.

No, the problem was an entirely different problem that comes with age and use: they were – quite literally – beginning to fall apart. Sometimes it seemed as if when you took the book off the shelf it might just disintegrate into dust like you had staked a vampire right there in the teen area. All that would remain was a pile of dust that used to be the stories on the page.

So one final, fateful, mournful day, I did the unthinkable. I killed my darlings. I took every single last Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel book off of the shelves. I swiped them with the magic wand that would remove them from the collection. I crossed out their barcodes. I stamped them withdrawn. And I shoved them all in a box.

I think that box stayed under my desk for about a month. Maybe I would change my mind. Maybe a patron would ask for them. Maybe I would just take them home.

None of those things happened. They were in such bad shape that the Friends didn’t even want them in their annual book sale, so they were recycled. It seemed such an inglorious end to this thing that I loved so dearly.

By the time I had finally gotten up the courage to this evil seeming deed, the series has stopped publication for a few years. There were no new titles coming in. The show was off TV. This new crop of teens were asking for different vampire books and television series. But it hurt, this thing I had to do. It hurt more than any other weeding moment in my life.

The other day, we hired a new circulation clerk. She came up to me and whispered the name of a book that she thought we should never, ever, ever, weed from our library. “Be sure you check it out,” I told her. She was perplexed. “If you want a book to stay in the library and you are worried it won’t, check it out.” But the truth is, sometimes just circulating isn’t enough.

Sometimes books die horrible deaths. They fall apart. They reach a point where they can’t be glued, taped or mended any more. They go out of print and can’t be re-ordered. They simply die. Even well loved ones.

Even Buffy.

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 about them that not every author can do, so when I find it done well in a book I’m always a little bit tickled. Sometimes, however, the book may not have a touch of paranormal in it at all, but it just reminds me of situations that Buffy and her friends had to deal with – like relationships or grief. So to add more great YA reads to Alexandra Duncan’s list from earlier today, I present you with Five by Five (Buffy fans will know what this means) – 5 more paranormal/speculative fiction titles and 5 contemporary titles that Buffy fans just may want to read.

5 Speculative/Paranormal YA Books for Buffy Fans

Unspoken by Sara Rees Brennan

Unspoken gets that balance of snark and pathos exactly right. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll curse Brennan for breaking your heart and then you’ll beg her for more. And then you’ll get ti because this is only the first book in a series. Kami Glass is in love with the voice in her head, and then one day he shows up. It turns out, he is real. And he is a part of the mysterious family whose secrets helped form the history of the town she lives in. When a body appears in the woods, Kami and her friends set out to discover the truth of the Lynburn Legacy. That’s the title of the series, by the way, The Lynburn Legacy.

Demon Derby by Carrie Harris

What if Buffy joined a roller derby team? That’s how this book reads. Casey joins a roller derby team for reasons, then it turns out not everyone on the team may be exactly what you might call human. Oh – and Harris does a great job creating a snarky, strong female lead that you’ll want to hang with.

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Remember that episode of Buffy where the girl starts to literally become a ghost because she thinks nobody notices her – Out of Mind, Out of Sight? If you liked that episode, this is the book for you. Here two teens who are literally noticed by no one are on the run from people who want to use their ability and train them to be assassins. Jennifer Lynn Barnes wrote another great read-alike called Every Other Day that you’ll also want to check out. Every Other Day involves a lead character who fights demons like Buffy, but only every other day because on the other days, her powers seem to disappear.

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Technically, this is more an Angel read-alike. And when you get into the book and find out more, you’ll understand exactly why. In an effort to exact revenge against all those who almost drove her to commit suicide, Edie finds herself part of a game where she doesn’t know the players, has no idea what the rules are, and it turns out the stakes are really high.

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

This is hands down one of the freakiest and most atmospheric takes on demons I have ever read. A hurricane blows through town, killing Dovey’s best friend Carly. Except Dovey swears she just saw Carly. Soon Dovey is learning things about her town that she never would have imagined and trying to find a way to free her friend Carly from a life time of servitude to those who control the storms.

5 Contemporary YA Reads for Buffy Fans

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir

Buffy may have been an awesome friend and slayer, but she had horrible luck with the men in her life. First Angel lost his soul and then, you know, stalked her and tried to kill her, but not until he tortured and killed some of her friends. And then there was Spike and their deeply disturbing sexual exploits after Buffy came back not quite right. Bleed Like Me is about an obsessive, unhealthy relationship. It also involves cutting. It’s a bold look at what happens when girls are willing to sacrifice themselves in the name of love that I think everyone should read.

Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder

This is another great read in the Buffy made the worst choices in relationships canon. Rae falls for Nathan. Nathan it turns out is very Angel without a soul/Spike like. She turns to a friend for support, Nathan is not willing to give up so easily.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Perhaps one of the most celebrated relationships on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was that of Willow and Tara. It took them a while to come together and their relationship was strained – as all relationships are – by a variety of life experiences. Tara had her own past that she had to wrestle with. Willow was just coming off of a broken relationship. Everything Leads to You by LaCour is a beautiful story about two people eventually coming together, even as they must try and figure out who they are on their own.

Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torress Sanchez

For me, the most profound episode of Buffy ever was The Body. Suddenly, our little gang was shattered to the very core of their being by this very tragic loss. Anya trying to make sense of this sudden change and the very Anya way in which she expresses her emotions just guts you to the core. Like our Scooby gang, Frenchie Garcia is struggling to understand a recent death. You see, a boy she has always crushed on killed himself – after spending his last night with Frenchie. With the help of a new found friend, Frenchie retraces their steps on that last night of his life to see if she can try to understand what happened, what she might have missed. Because she should have seen something, right? Some clue that this was going to happen so that maybe she could help him.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Although Buffy had a variety of ghosts, goblins and demons, at the heart of the story it was always about real life. Trying to fit in, finding yourself, working through relationships – these are all the underlying themes of Buffy. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a beautifully told story about grief and forgiveness, two themes that came up frequently on Buffy. A sister and a brother, twins, are left reeling after the loss of their mother. The mother’s ghost may or may not be appearing to help the sister work through that grief so that these siblings can forgive each other and find a way to move forward. This is hands down one of the most amazing books of 2014 and a meaningful exploration of grief and loss.

How about you – what’s on your list of YA lit that Buffy fans might want to read? Please share in the comments.