Friday Finds – September 25, 2014
This Week at TLT
YA Author Kiersten White has a new book out this week (which is amazing – read my review here) but it is also the anniversary of her ectopic pregnancy. It’s worth sharing so that everyone is aware of the signs. Writing YA and saving lives!
SLJ’s Digital Shift presents evidence tying college success to exposure to a high school librarian.
Denver students do the very thing the school board is trying to censor from their curriculum.
When students and teachers show more integrity than their administrative staff…
Authors are killing it in the comments on SLJ blogs this week. See Patrick Ness and Francis O’Roark Dowell. You’d almost think you have to be smart to write for young people…
In other news of young people’s authors being smart all over the Internet, see this brilliant essay on Anne Ursu’s Tumblr.
In honor of Banned Books Week, here’s an example of why we still need to raise awareness.
5 things we can learn from teenagers – on XOJane.
Questioning the maker movement (that didn’t take long.)
Robot Test Kitchen reviews Cubelets.
Do check out author Anne Ursu’s brilliant discussion of this week’s discussion of all things YA, because apparently adults that read YA are still being infantalized. Again. I love Ursu because she says things like this: “But, see, to those of us who write for children and young adults, men and women, this isn’t a market. These are people. We are writing for someone. And they deserve the best we can give them of ourselves.” Seriously, go read the whole thing.
And on the TLT Tumblr I reblogged a post that discusses the phenomenon that female art is “fan art” while male art is just “art”. It includes some interesting discussion about fandom in general and reiterates some of the points that Ursu makes above.
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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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