YA Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars Describing mental illness to someone who is not mentally ill is probably one of the hardest things to do. It's like that game where you try to explain to an alien how to make a peanut butter sandwich when they don't [...]

Audiobook Review: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain My rating: 3 of 5 stars Confession: I did not finish listening to this audiobook. It wasn't that I didn't like it. I didn't NOT like it. I do think that it would probably be much better in print format. The narrator was good, but [...]

Banned Books Week 2017!

It's that time again - Banned Books Week! One of my teens found the idea on Pinterest (of course!) and my amazing assistant surprised me by creating this display for me in the Teen Space, complete with a Passive Program!

A Quistory Lesson with Sarah Prager!

            I recently had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Sarah Prager, author of the awesome new YA nonfiction book, Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World. I can't recommend this book enough. It's an incredible resource to have as a Youth Services Librarian. Please check [...]

Teen Book Review: Lockwood & Co Series

The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love, love, LOVE this series. It has all the elements of a great (in my opinion) teen novel. Or any novel, really.   1) It's British. Need I say more? 2) It has ghosts. 3) It takes place in modern day, but [...]

Fun, Easy & Inexpensive Teen Programming: Decorating the Teen Space!

One of the "perks" of being on the Teen Advisory Board at my library is getting to set up displays and decorating in the Teen Space, especially for holidays. I usually make it part of a regular meeting or schedule a "special" meeting to decorate. In the past few years, the teens have made a [...]

YA Book Review ~ The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 5 of 5 stars A perfect ending to an incredible series! I am in love with everything about this series: the characters, the setting, the blend of supernatural with legend and magic. By far one of the best in the YA section and one I always refer [...]

“They’re here….”: Teens in the Library

Yesterday I attended the 8th Annual Teen Summit in Worcester, MA. As always, I was very impressed with the speakers and with the incredible organization of the entire thing by MLS staff. Apparently there was a record attendance this year, which just goes to show how many libraries / librarians are interested in learning how [...]

Blind Date with a Book

Borrowed, yet again, from Pinterest and other libraries, this is my version of "Blind Date with a Book." I used YA books and wrapped them in pretty paper. I printed out blurbs on each book from Goodreads and put them on the front - careful to erase anything about the title, author & character names. [...]

READBOX

New Young Adult display! I copied it from a picture I found on Pinterest. 🙂 I put books on the shelf that have already been made into movies or that will be made into movies. Here's a list I found - with the help of my good friend, Ali!  YA Books Into Movies Definitely eye-catching! [...]