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Literacy For Incarcerated Teens

Literacy means more than learning to read for teens in New York’s juvenile detention facilities. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens supports literacy programs that transform incarcerated teens’ lives.

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Career Conversations: Job Information for Teens

Considering your future career can be daunting for anyone. For a teen, thinking about what you want to be when you grow up can be that much harder.

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Geeking @ the Library: Con is Community!

We are fascinated with the geek culture, especially when fans bring their favorite characters to life from literature. We all promote literacy and already had formed a bond through social media. When we found out two years ago that the 2015 theme for Summer Reading would be “Heroes,” it hit us that a comic convention or Con would be the ideal way to culminate the program. Some of us had been to Cons and were already familiar with how they worked, but they were more adult-oriented. We wanted to offer a safe place to our library patrons in real space for their passion and interests, and what place better represents a safe haven to our community than our library

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Dewey Decibels: Teens Creating Music at Their Library

Teens at the Long Island Uniondale library create music together and discover that the public library is a great place to hang out.

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Ally Condie Visits Pikes Peak Library District

Ally Condie is the author of the best-selling Matched series and the recently released stand-alone novel Atlantia. She visited Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) (Colorado Springs, Colo.) on Friday, November 14, 2014 to give three presentations at our new library. The day was packed! Two presentations were for students and one was for the public. In total, 1,108 people attended! It was a truly amazing day.

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Downton Abbey Read-Alikes

I hope you are all enjoying the current season of Downton Abbey as much as I am! While searching for what to write about this month, I was excited to stumble across a list of books by Nanette Donohue, “An Edwardian Education.” Donohue’s list offers a great mix of nonfiction and fiction works to supplement your Downton Abbey obsession (assuming you’re like me.)

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Ten Things a Children’s Librarian Needs to Know

Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.

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High Tech Makerspaces

The makerspace movement encompasses a wide berth from the basic to the high tech, and the free to the highly expensive. Determining what the library can afford, what it wants to accomplish with its makerspace, how best to utilize its resources, and whether partners can be found to support these efforts is incredibly important.

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3D Printing: New Horizons

3D printing has opened up a whole new world, and a whole new can of worms.

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Fan Fiction: No Longer Underground

Fan fiction’s popularity is soaring. Does it belong in the library?

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Teen Programming – Who Comes and Why

A teen may actually benefit more (both educationally and with regards to self-efficacy) by tutoring a tween in a particular subject than by being taught the information by an adult. In creating activities, however, a librarian needs to consider if opening an event up to a wider public will alienate some of the potential participants.

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Games, Games, and More Games – Experiencing Gen Con as a Librarian

Every year gaming geeks of all shapes and sizes travel to Indianapolis to participate in Gen Con, a 4-day table-top gaming extravaganza. Gamers are able to participate in all sorts of tournaments as well as playtest a variety of role-playing, strategy, miniature, and collectible card games.

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Career Resources: Not Just For Adults

Public libraries offer more job prep to teens

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Code at Your Library

35,375,362 have tried Hour of Code. Learn how to bring it to your library.

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Robotics Clubs At the Library

Robotics clubs have become popular throughout the country, and now many librarians are becoming involved.  Robotics programs can go hand-in-hand with LEGO programs at the library, or can stand on their own.  The purpose of a robotics program is for patrons to create a fully functional robot that competes against other robots.  These robotics clubs […]