I'm a few days late posting this but I wanted to share what my TAB group put together for an Anti-Valentine's Day display in the Teen Space. They did a great job, and some patrons even added their own heartbroken literary character names to the list!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]