Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2015 (so far)

This week's topic is the best books we've read so far this year. I've read 184 books this year. So I have a lot of chose from and it's really hard! And it's impossible to keep it just 10. 

YA Books:
Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-LogstedThe Heir by Kiera CassAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirSaint Anything by Sarah DessenThe Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaA Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner DominyThe Start of Me and You by Emery LordHello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. SmithJesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Powerless by Tera Lynn ChildsDenton Little's Deathdate by Lance   RubinWild Hearts by Jessica BurkhartThe Living by Matt de la PenaAll Fall Down by Ally Carter

 Adult Books:
The Royal We by Heather CocksRoyal Wedding by Meg CabotShadow Study by Maria V. SnyderEarls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana GalenFirst Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan
This Old Homicide by Kate CarlisleA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasThe House on Blackberry Hill by Donna AlwardAll the President's Menus by Julie HyzyNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
One in a Million by Jill ShalvisIf You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

 Tween Books:
The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila HowlandThe Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy SingletonThe Blackthorn Key by Kevin SandsUpside-Down Magic by Sarah MlynowskiFlunked by Jen Calonita
Lost in Paris by Cindy CallaghanLibby's Sweet Surprise by Lisa SchroederLoot by Jude WatsonBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonFrom the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
Everblaze by Shannon Messenger

Monday, June 29, 2015

YA Librarian Round Table Topics

I've been the chair and co-chair of a round table for several years. We've gone through lots of topic. In September, we plan out our year, 8 months worth of topics. we go through the list of ideas everyone brings to the table and then we vote on them. Sometimes it coincides with a monthly celebration, but not always.

Usually we talk about program ideas and books (sometimes creating book lists)

I'd like to create a new list of topics for this year, but I'm having some trouble getting started on ideas.

Here's what I have so far:

Usual topics:
Hot fiction 
Summer Reading Program Ideas
Makerspace program ideas
Sci Fi/Fantasy books
Middle School Reads

Possible new ideas:
Creating or updating your teen website
Advocating for teen services 
Measuring success: programs and collection 
Collection Development
Pop Culture in the Library

Can you add your topic ideas (either ones your round table talked about successfully or ideas you wished they would talk about)???

I would appreciate it!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fall Programs for Teens (2)

 I know that Summer Reading is just starting or has already started, but planning doesn't always take a back seat just because it's the busy season. So I thought I'd attempt to help and toss out a few ideas for fall - all from pinterest. Here are some fun looking accessories! 
Back to School Fashion - Duct Tape Bracelets

No tangles here
Washi Tape Photo Frames - for all your fave summer photos
For stressed or bored teens- coloring is relaxing

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mysterious Saturday Review: Curious Cat Spy Club

Kelsey's out running an errand for her father when she helps a classmate out with a runaway animal.The errand is now out of her control, but she meets her classmate Becca.  As they walk down an alley, they uncover three abandoned kittens.

With the help of a boy, they rescue the kittens and form a club. The first order of business is find a place for the kittens. The second order is to figure out who left the kittens in the dumpster in the first place.

Kelsey and her new friend realize that a number of pets are missing in the neighborhood. Could this have anything to do with the abandoned kittens? Can the three friends work together to find the missing animals?
My Thoughts:  This is a fun start to a new mystery series featuring three tweens. Becca has a group of friends, but Kelsey and Leo do not. I love that they come together because of their interest in animals and because they want to help people. I love how they annoy each other, but also how they learn to see past it. I love that Leo is super logical, Kelsey likes to plan, and Becca tries to keep peace between the two of them. I love Kelsey's spy pack and can't wait to see the club use it more in the upcoming books.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library

Final Thoughts: A great new start to a charming fun series featuring friendship and animals.

Friday, June 26, 2015

If You Like Pins (10)

This edition features summer reads/beach books. I love books set during the summer. I started these pins while working at the library and have continued them. Look for more pins all summer long.

Some new pins:

Summer Romances while taking on the world

 Traveling this summer?

A few old ones:

Summer is the perfect time for road trips

Summer Romances:

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