Tween Pride Reads

June is coming to an end, but there’s still enough time to make a Pride display, or get the right book into the right kid’s hand. Representation matters. Take a look at this list of LGBTQIA middle grade and have them at the ready for your kids. Stonewall Award winner. George knows that she’s a girl, even though when people look at her, they think they see a boy. With the help of her best friend Kelly, George comes up with a plan to let everyone know exactly who she is. Manga. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes and good lives. But they share a secret: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Two seemingly unrelated storylines collide in Brian Selznick’s latest beautiful book and it’s up to Joseph, who has run away from…

ALA Annual 2016, Live Blogging

Teaching Teen Parents Key Skills

Courtney Saldana and Ady Huertas gave a great presentation about serving teen parents at #alaac16. Ady’s program for teen mothers is amazing.  The teens learned different skills over the course of 10 weeks. The library brought in different speakers to workshops attended by the teens during their regular school day. Topics varied from journaling, coping with mental health issues, career prep, crafting, and the most popular event: dressing for success.

ALA Annual 2016

My first ALA Council #alaac16

I just attended and observed my first #alacouncil meeting this morning. After taking in the various procedures and formalities, I was especially impressed with the respectful discussion around gun control and libraries. Individual contributions were impassioned and disparate but always mindful of the greater good. I am hooked. New bucket list item: ALA Councilor! #alaac16 #makingithappen