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Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer

SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview

Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Video Games Weekly: Slime Rancher

MakerSpace: Outreach Activity – Book Face

Around the Web

Jeff Bezos Should Put His Billions Into Libraries

As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’

John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ gets a dizzying, turtle-free cover

  • And the tweet that completely sums up my feelings:

Untitled6 YA Must-Reads for Jane the Virgin Fans

12 Books on Immigration, Youth, & Latinx Identity That Will Enrich Your Life

42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library


Friday Finds: August 4, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Who are we marketing YA lit to?

MakerSpace: Legos! The one tool every makerspace needs?

Book Review: The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

The Day The Teen Discovered Hoopla and Everything Changed

Book Review: Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Around the Web

THE LAST MAGICIAN is on The NY Times list for the second week in a row!!! #7!!!

C-students Make Great Entrepreneurs

Recrafting a Legend with Miles Morales: An Interview with Author Jason Reynolds

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

The digital divide between rural and urban America’s access to internet

Friday Finds: July 28, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: The Day I Did Everything Wrong

MakerSpace: How to turn a photo into a silhouette – and make it into a book page button of course!

Book Review: The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

Video Games Weekly: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

July #ARCParty: A look at some late summer and early fall 2017 YA lit titles

#SJYALit: Time For Confrontation: Moving Forward in the Diversity Conversation, a guest post by S. K. Ali

Around the Web

Illinois Teens Lead American Sign Language Storytime

An NYC Scout Troop Provides Homeless Girls A Place Of Their Own

The Mothers Being Deported by Trump

FL Schools Brace for Book Challenges

Texas slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and ended up with more teen abortions

Read the First 2 Chapters of Blight

13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy

Justice Department brief argues against protections for LGBTQ workers


Education Is a Political Act by Donalyn Miller

Friday Finds: July 21, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Today, as the Mother of Daughters, is a Good Day for Geekdom

MakerSpace: Button Making is All the Rage (The Complete Button Making Index)

MakerSpace: The #ButtonFun Gallery

Book Review: Madness by Zac Brewer

MakerSpace: How to Design a Button

Video Games Weekly: Stardew Valley

Recently in book mail

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Where Are All the Black Boys? A 2017 Assessment and Comparison

Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Wins Limelight at Competition

ROASTING Female Doctor Who Haters

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

Are girls free to be girly in YA? Short answer: yes.

12 Unique Bookshelves That Will Bring You One Step Closer To The Library Of Your Dreams

Friday Finds: July 14, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: When the Opioid Crisis Hits the Library

MakerSpace: 5 Ways We Transformed T-Shirts into Something New

MakerSpace: Summer of Shirts Index and Gallery

Book Review: The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

YA is Ultimately for Teens, and That’s Okay

Join the TLT Teen Advisory Board!

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA July 2017

#SJYALit: Teens Taking Action in YA Fiction, a guest post by Robin Talley

Around the Web

Shout out to Maddi @littlebrarian who used one of our posts as inspiration for her own program:

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As if we needed more evidence for how supremely unqualified Betsy DeVos is…

27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now

I’m not interested in characters meant to teach a lesson.

New YA Novels From First-Time Authors You Need To Read In The Second Half Of 2017

We Found 81 Incidents Of Trump-Inspired Bullying That Happened Last School Year

Want to Raise Your Child to Love Reading? Read These Secrets


Friday Finds: July 7, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: “These Kids Lead Dark Lives”, the Summer The Teen Learned about Privilege

Recently in Book Mail

MakerSpace: Teaching Teens to Use Canva to Design their Own T-shirts (Laser T-shirt Transfers)

#SJYALit: Government Dystopia Booklist

Book Review: Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

Eid al-Fitr Exploration by Michelle Biwer

Around the Web

Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid

A Classic Library Service Boosts Literacy and More, Studies Show

The 16 Most Anticipated YA Books To Read In July

Teacher Of The Year In Oklahoma Moves To Texas For The Money

Author Shannon Hale, being wise on the Internet

Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes.

A Summer Camp Where Grieving Kids Have Permission To Have Fun

Vanishing Summer Jobs For Teens

Confronting the Myths of Suburban Poverty

Late-night screen time puts teens‘ sleep and mental health at risk

SLJ Curates Democracy Book List

B&N: 35 of Our Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels of the Second Half of 2017

Book Deals: Week of July 3, 2017

Tweet of the Week:

Thank you Robin for bringing this book to our attention and reminding us to check out the history of librarianship to better understand who we are and where we are headed.

A Look at This Week’s Bestseller List:

Congrats to everyone, including some of our favorite books of 2017 here at TLT!

Friday Finds: June 30, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Who needs healthcare?

MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and Spray Painting T-shirts

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA June 2017

ALA Recap: Libraries are Not Neutral Spaces (Things I Never Learned in Library School)

Book Review: Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation by Anthony & Annmarie Young

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners Three MORE Ways

Around the Web

Sherman Alexie on Not Being “The Kind of Indian That’s Expected”

New Parents, The Public Library Has Got Your Back

25 of Our Most Anticipated YA Books of July

Slam Poet Elizabeth Acevedo Debuts Novel, ‘The Poet X’

Adults view black girls as less innocent than white girls, research shows

50 crucial feminist YA novels

Everyday Inequality and the Criminal Justice System: New Books

21 Must Read YA Contemporaries from July to December 2017

Cases of Catfishing in YA Lit (A Book List)


Friday Finds: June 23, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Lead Pipe, aka on “Due Process” in Literature and Yes, Another Discussion of MOXIE

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners in Three Ways

Book Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

TPiB: Build an Escape Room by Michelle Biwer

#SJYALit: The X-Men and the social justice of diverse brains (Or, Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not a hero), a guest post by Rachel Gold

Around the Web

In case you hadn’t heard…

9 Things Readers Do Better Than Anyone Else

High School Students Create Racial Literacy Text to Help Schools and Teens Learn to Talk About Race

9 Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens

We all know how this will affect the children we work with…

Handguns and other firearms cause the deaths of more children in the United States each year than the flu or asthma.

Turning Back the Clock on Hunger and Malnutrition


Friday Finds: June 16, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Celebrating Six Years of TLT

MakerSpace: MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kits

Book Review: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

#SJYALit Booklist: Environmental Dystopia, aka Cli-Fi

Let’s Talk about MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu

Recently in book mail + giveaways

Around the Web

Jacqueline Woodson Honored by Lambda Literary

Chris Colfer To Celebrate The End of The Land of Stories Series With a Book Tour

New Analysis Finds Uninsured Rate for Kids Would Increase by 50% Under AHCA

Rollback of rules for For-Profit Colleges

A new study finds the challenges rural students face are “staggering” and still overlooked by policymakers – via NPR

It increasingly looks like Russian hackers may have affected actual vote totals.


Friday Finds: June 9, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: I Did Not Succeed, but I Also Did Not Fail

TPiB: Wonder Woman Amazon Training Academy for Free Comic Book Day, a guest post by Liz Gotauco

Book Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

My Top Ten Internet Things (IRL), a guest post by Danika Stone

#SJYALit: Talking About the Right to Die with Dignity, a guest post by author Kelley York

Introducing Asexuality, a guest post by Laura Perenic

Take 5: YA Lit on Asexuality Resources

Around the Web

Lauren Graham Picks Up YA Novel ‘Windfall’ And Will Adapt As Feature

How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business

Child Care a Crucial Component to Strengthening America’s Workforce

In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies

The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty