Friday Finds, February 7th
This Week at TLT
The groundhog told us what we already know – this winter is never. ever. going. to end. Robin broke her arm in two places*, and we are all snowbound (and grouchy about it too). But, on we soldier! We do it for the teens! Right?! Let’s look at the week that was:
Our Sunday Reflection is by me, Heather, talking about the books that tied me to my grandmother, who is dying. [Personal aside – thank you everyone, for your kind words about this difficult time.]
With Robin laid up with a broken arm, we got a Real Live Tween to talk about five things that she loves right now for Middle Grade Monday
This was an important week here too, as we delved deeper into our long term examination of sexual violence and teen literature, including a look at the books by our participating authors.
- NIL by Lynne Matson
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- 3 New Books from Merit Press
Take 5: I’m In A Bad Romance – Books about abusive relationships
Not all romance is bad though. Check out Christie’s TPiB: retro rad Valentines!
Previously at TLT
If you missed it last week, check out our Google Hangout where Karen speaks with Carrie Mesrobian, Christa Desir, and Trish Doller about Sexual Violence in YA Lit.
Around the Web
The Superbowl was this Sunday (and also the kitty bowl, puppy bowl, guacamole bowl, etc.) Even if you watched the whole thing, you missed seeing this beautiful and powerful PSA from the National Congress of American Indians: Proud To Be
Series 3 of BBC’s Sherlock has concluded, and it featured a few more female characters in interesting roles than the previous two. The Mary Sue has some thoughts on whether or not its is really an improvement. [Spoiler warning.]
These literary valentines from Buzzfeed are pretty clever, and speaking of love, what is your take on J.K. Rowling’s revelation about Ron & Hermione?
#readadv chat was back this week, tweeting up a storm about the ALA Youth Media Awards and how to use them in a reader’s advisory context. If you missed it, @sophiebiblio Storified the lively discussion.
Karen and I got a sneak peek at the cover of our forthcoming book for ALA Edition – The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services. It’s beautiful and blue, and coming to you soon (we hope!). A portion of the royalties for this book will benefit YALSA and it features a ton of amazing voices from the world of teen librarianship. Stay tuned for updates as we get them!
*Heal well, Robin! Friday Finds is harder than it looks!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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