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Friday Finds: March 24, 2017

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Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

Recently in Book Mail

Middle School Monday: I Wish Donald Trump Knew That… by J.

Getting Ready for May the Fourth: Some Star Wars STEAM Ideas

Things I Never Learned in Library School: The Best Made Plans . . . Still Sometimes Fail

#SJYALit: If You Don’t Get It, You Won’t Get It Right, a guest post by Shaun David Hutchinson

Book Review: Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank

Teen Book Club – Creating a Place to Read and Belong! (a guest post by Sheri Schubbe)

Book Review: Pyromantic by Lish McBride

Around the Web


Black and Latina Girls Keep Disappearing in Washington, DC

The Next Caldecott?

Social Media Provides Interesting Insights Into Mumps Outbreak


You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

The White House Said After-School Programs Don’t Help Kids. Here’s What the Research Says

What Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand About Libraries


Friday Finds: March 17, 2017

This Week at TLT

fridayfindsSunday Reflections: Who Gets to Decide What it Means to be “Real”?

The Intersection of #Ownvoices, Genre Fiction, and Empathy: Guest post by Shaila Patel

Book Review: BRACED by Alyson Gerber

Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence

Book Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Video Games Weekly Disney Emoji Blitz

MakerSpace: April National Poetry Month Activities

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA March 2017

Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Around the Web

Try This One Trick To Improve Student Outcomes

Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 18 Budget

Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why

What educators know about teaching young children — but policymakers ignore

Statement from CPB on the President’s Budget Proposal Eliminating Funding for Public Media

11-Year-Old Starts Club For Young Black Boys To See Themselves In Books


Friday Finds: March 3, 2017


This Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

#SJYALit May 4, 1970: The Day the Vietnam War Came Home, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

Middle School Monday: Mondays that Don’t Sparkle

DVD Review: Political Animals + Giveaway

#SJYALit Preserving the Right to Peaceful Protest in 2017 America, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

Book Review: Leaving Kent State by Sabrina Fedel

The Display Must Go On: How We Developed a Display Playbook to Help Guide the Display Process

#SJYALit: LGBTQ+ YA lit in the 90s/00s versus now, a guest post by Alex B.

#MHYALit: Better Is Not a Place, a guest post by Sam J. Miller

MakerSpace: Postcard Party

Around the Web

Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway?

25 Books For Teens By Black Women Writers

Before I Fall doesn’t understand the teens it’s preaching to

Friday Finds: February 24, 2017

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Middle School Monday: Short Stories + Book Covers = Creativity

Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Giveaway

Book Review: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, a guest post by Callum (age 10)

#SJYALIt: Socio-Economic Diversity in YA Lit

Book Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

“Not for Everyone”: The continuing marginalization of LGBTQ literature for kids, a guest post by M.G. Hennessey

#ProtectTransKids: A Reading List

Around the Web

This week we remember the anniversary of Executive Order 9066

7 Young Adult Books For Fandom Lovers Being Released In 2017

World’s largest library, Library of Congress, trying to bring in a new generation of readers

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

OutFront: Former Mormon Opens Center for LGBTQ Teens, Families

Brain scans could predict teens’ problem drug use before it starts

On the Knife’s Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Friday Finds: February 10, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Dear World, Here’s What We Want You to Know about Teen Girls

Middle School Monday: It’s All About the Memes

#SJYALit Reading Lists: Disability in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

Book Review: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Love and Justice: What I’ve learned from those seeking refuge in the U.S., a guest post by author Marie Marquardt

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” A Take 5 List, plus 1

Book Review: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Around the Web

Reaction To DeVos Vote Is Swift, And Divided

The power of story

16 Young Adult Novels To Read In 2017, According To YA Authors

Author Libba Bray nails it

Librarians react to the DeVos confirmation


Friday Finds: January 20, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Greater words than ours

Middle School Monday: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Book Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

#SJYALit: How does real life and research fit with LGBT young adult lit? A guest post by Alex B

Video Games Weekly: Why You Should Buy a WiiU for Teen Game Nights Soon!

Talking ALL AMERICAN BOYS with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for the Social Justice in YA Lit (#SJYALit) Project

Recently in book mail

Around the Web

A Diverse Reading List for Betsy DeVos

President Obama on What Books Mean to Him

Take a peek at the Children’s Book Week poster

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s CCBC Choices 2017

Can schools make the American Dream real for poor kids?


Friday Finds: January 13, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: This is what happened when they showed a picture of the “Real Jesus” in church today? A discussion on why Representation Matters.

Middle School Monday: Lovely TBR Lists. Piles. Dreams.

Book Review: Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley

Book Review: The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum

MakerSpace: Here There Be Stations, an overview of activities offered in the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Around the Web

In which statistics are interesting

Teen Vogue getting it right, yet again

Marlon James announces Dark Star fantasy trilogy

2017 Sydney Taylor Book Awards announced

21 Female-Founded Startups To Watch

Big Worries About Betsy DeVos

Librarians vs. Fake News


Friday Finds – January 6, 2017

Hello TLTers. Today Friday Finds is being brought to you by me, Karen, because Robin Willis is at a training session on food insecurity and some other youth related issues. I’m sure she’ll be sharing what she learned soon in an upcoming post. So here are this weeks Friday Finds.


TLT this Week

What’s In Your Teen MakerSpace Manual? : Forms Edition

Book Review: The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron

Book Review: Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Book Review: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Sunday Reflections: The Cybils are Here!

Also, don’t forget the first #SJYALit (Social Justice in YA Lit) Book Club/Twitter Discussion is coming up soon.

Around the Internet

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools

On a personal note, I’m really upset about this news. GIRLS MEETS WORLD was a strong, empowering show for young women and a personal favorite in my household. I’m hoping it gets picked up by Netflix.

Here’s some important, and quite distressing, news about teen pregnancy and mothers. Keep in mind, this is a horrific abuse of power imbalance and is legally rape.

Here is Some Other Book Info We Shared This Week:

15 of the Best YA Books for January 2017 : Bustle

60 Diverse Books To Look Forward To In 2017 – Bookishness and Tea

22 of Our Most Anticipated Contemporary YAs of 2017 : The B&N Teen Blog

26 of Our Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Novels of 2017 : The B&N Teen Blog

17 2017 YA Books To Have On Your Radar : Amanda MacGregor (Teen Librarian Toolbox)

And finally, last year TLT was so impressed with Teen Vogue we got 26 teens and libraries subscriptions to the mag. We also got The Teen and The Bestie a subscription. Their first issue came and they immediately started reading it. So excited to be able to do good things for teens through TLT. Happy New Year Everyone!



Friday Finds: December 30, 2016

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Uppercase Unboxing #3

Carrie Fisher: Rebel Princess, The Library and Me

Video Games Weekly: Best Console Games for Teens in 2016

MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification

Around the Web

Why Are Americans Less Charitable Than They Used to Be?

We Learned A Lot In 2016 About How Preschool Can Help Kids

Welcome to the Gen Z Challenge

For 13 years, Texas has been secretly, illegally denying kids special education

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn

Fighting Fake News



Friday Finds: December 16, 2016

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Sunday Reflections: But What Will the History Books Say?

MakerSpace: Making a Photo Booth Prop Holder

Middle School Monday: Non-Fiction Articles that You Know…Matter.

17 2017 YA Books To Have On Your Radar

Sassy is gone forever, but lucky you, there’s Teen Vogue

Video Games Weekly: Pokemon Sun and Moon

#SJYALit: Making a Social Justice Book Display that Engages Teens

Around the Web

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas picks the Best Books of 2016 for Young Readers

The Best Middle Grade Books of 2016 from Entertainment Weekly

Officials Say Most Detroit Voting Machines Were Broken


Author Anne Ursu being smart on the internet

Teen Vogue Speaks Out

7 Questions We Would Have Asked Donald Trump At His Canceled Press Conference