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Friday Finds: May 19, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: It’s Hard to Get Out of a Town Like This

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and Sex Positive YA, a guest post by author Sandhya Menon and a GIVEAWAY

(Not so) Middle School Monday: In Which I Attend a State Library Conference

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA May 2017

#SJYALit: Author Victoria Scott Talks About Social Justice and YA Lit

May 2017 #ARCParty

A #FSYALit Take 5: A Faith That Bends and Stretches, but Does Not Break (Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit)

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ASL: Writing a Visual Language Comments

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real?

6 Historical YA Novels in Which #ShePersisted

Teen Vogue FTW

For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees

Free tampons in school bathrooms? A 14-year-old girl made it happen

Teen magazines have always covered more than fashion. You just didn’t notice.


Friday Finds: May 12, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: Thinking About Mental Health, a #MHYALit Post by Ally Watkins

In Our Mailbox: More Thoughts on 13 Reason Why, Teens and Libraries

Middle School Monday: Teens, Body Image and Wonder Woman

Book Review: City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino

#MHYALit at Teen Lit Con

Video Games Weekly: Overcooked – One of the Best Teen Game Night Games You’ve Never Heard Of

Book Review: That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Resources: #SVYALit and #MHYALit – Teens and Suicide, Teens and Sexual Violence Brochures

Around the Web

America’s Cult of Ignorance

A Huge Sports Sex Abuse Scandal Is Unfolding, And You Probably Haven’t Heard About It

Record-Setting Senate Support Needed to Save Federal Library Funding

Book Deals: Week of May 8, 2017

Sorry, everyone, I’ve been at a conference all week. More links next week!



Friday Finds: May 5, 2017

fridayfindsThis week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: Doing the Heavy Lifting at the Library, Working with a Hurting Public to Find Healing

#SJYALit: The Lunar Chronicles as a Reflection of Current U.S. Political Climate, a guest post by Emily Keyes

Book Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Book Review: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Take 5: MakerSpace Tools I Learned About at TLA 2017

Sunday Reflections: When There is No Village

Book Review: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

#MHYALit: A Letter to My Teen Self, by author Sara Wolf

Around the Web

Chechen authorities tell parents: ‘Kill your gay sons or we will’, survivor claims

Trump Administration Rolls Back Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunch Push

Trump administration memo calls for ending Michelle Obama’s girls education program

Free Comic Book Day

Tim Federle shares cover for Life Is Like a Musical

Teen with autism denied trip he won to UN

Why Don’t More People Consider Competitive Cheerleading a Sport?


Friday Finds: April 28, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

MakerSpace: 5 Low or No Tech Activities for a Teen MakerSpace

Middle School Monday: Fangirling from Afar

National School Climate Survey results about LGBTQ students’ experiences in school

#SJYALit: Ten Young Adult Novels for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a guest post by Clara Kensie

Thinking about 13 Reasons Why: Teens, Mental Health and Media

Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Recently in Book Mail

Around the Web

What Betsy DeVos wants to do to your student loans

New York City Believes in a Free and Open Internet

10 Novels with Latinx Main Characters to Look Forward to In 2017

Tahereh Mafi returns to the Shatter Me series with three new books

A survey on sexual assault alarmed colleges. Here’s how top schools responded.

Teachers should not shy away from addressing controversial issues in the classroom.

Why YA Series Aren’t Guilty Pleasures

Why Harry Styles’s Respect for Teen Girls Is So Important

Friday Finds: April 21, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die

App Review: Enlight

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2017

#SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie

Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders

You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & Other Absurd Things Politicians Say in 2017

#SJYALit: Good Girls Don’t Wear That! a guest post by Kim Baccellia

#SJYALit: Breaking Taboos, Telling Secrets, a conversation between Isabel Quintero and Elana K. Arnold

Around the Web

How I Feel As a Native Woman When Trump Idolizes Andrew Jackson

In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

Schools Will Soon Have To Put In Writing If They ‘Lunch Shame’

A teen girl flawlessly took a Republican senator to task and defended Planned Parenthood in epic town hall exchange


Friday Finds: April 14, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner . . .

Middle School Monday: Book Review and Giveaway, The Speed of Life by Carol Weston

For National Poetry Month: A Social Justice Poetry Project for Teens, a guest post by Laura Shovan

#SJYALit: How to be Female, a conversation between Mindy McGinnis and Amber J. Keyser

MakerSpace Madness: Out of the 1, Many – Transforming Art in Multiple Ways

Spotlight on Salaam Reads

Around the Web

Help with understanding the United incident

Desertification by Donalyn Miller

Lawmaker’s Childhood Experience Drives New Mexico’s ‘Lunch Shaming’ Ban

Should High School Students Need A Foreign Language To Graduate?

A library’s purpose in the internet age

Why Do Conversations About Pop Music Still Bash the Fangirl?

5 reasons to love Beverly Cleary for her 101st birthday

Meet The Teen Sexual Assault Survivors Who Took On Their School District And Won

Friday Finds: April 7, 2017

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Guest Post: Five Things I’ve Learned from Being an Advice Columnist by Carol Weston

MakerSpace Madness: Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts

#SJYALit: From Aberrant Girl to Nasty Woman, a conversation between Elana K. Arnold and Amber J. Keyser

Book Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

The Power of Humor in YA, a guest post by Jeff Strand

Video Games Weekly: Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild

Life-enhancing things that matter to young Muslim women, a guest post by Khadija

Book Review: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

MakerSpace: Low Tech, Low Cost “Screenprinting”

Around the Web

How Teachers Help Students Who’ve Survived Trauma

Kansas High School Student Explains What Led To Ousting Of New Principal

Fighting Hate In Schools

New Data Powers Progress for Teens, Also Creates Problems

Read an excerpt from Kristin Cashore’s 5-genre novel, Jane, Unlimited

This YA Author Is Shutting Down Slut-Shaming Trolls Everywhere


Friday Finds: March 31, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: A Sea of Black Belts and the Myth of the Lazy Teen

TPiB: Escape Room The Game, a review

Middle School Monday: Jumpstart Creative Writing with Storybird Poetry

Book Review: Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

SJYALit: Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B.

SJYALit: More Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B.

Around the Web

A High School’s Lesson For Helping English Language Learners Get To College

30 Young Adult Books for Activists-in-Training

In case you haven’t heard…

Without school librarians, we’re on a dystopian path

Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

There’s Someone Inside Your House: How the creepy cover was designed


Friday Finds: March 24, 2017

fridayfindsThis Week at TLT

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

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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