Resources: Links of the Month – April 2015

Every month we’ll be rounding up some can’t miss online resources from the wide world of teen services and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been reading in April:

We’re all about programming, so we love the 30 Days of Teen Programming series going on at the YALSAblog this month. Posts range from program ideas to evaluation techniques to big-picture perspectives.

If you’re new to your library or looking to change things up, Hushlander has a great primer on How to Write a Programming Plan for Your Department.

But of course there’s more to teen services than programming. Scott Rader at Young Adult Activities wrote What does your community require? Some little things we offer our teens, in which he talks about offering a device charging station in the teen area, and Booktalks with Gifs, which is just what it sounds like 🙂

We’ve talked a bit about board games here at TSU, but if you want to explore further, check out Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries. Carli Spina has started a series and so far has covered how to Bring Board Games To Your Library: Collection Development Tips and Best Practices and Bring Board Games To Your Library: To Circulate or Not To Circulate.

Speaking of board games… We posted about a Live Clue Game at the library this month. Ashley at the Frozen Librarian also posted this month about a Life-Sized Board Game. Her version is based on Sorry and is geared toward tweens.

If you have teens or tweens interested in fashion, they might love this program idea from Laura at Library Lalaland: Fashion Forward: A fashion design program.

Feel overwhelmed by technology sometimes? Gwyneth Jones at the Daring Librarian has a fun post called You Don’t Have to Marry It! It’s all about trying new things and using what works for you, illustrated with storm troopers.

Over at School Library Journal, check out this articles about preparing students for college: Librarians Can—and Should—Help Students Navigate the High Cost of College.

Looking for more comics to read? The Eisner Award nominations came out this month. There are categories for best graphic novels for teens, kids, and early readers, in addition to a whole slate of other nominations. The winners will be announced in July at San Diego Comic-Con.

Also over at Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries, Jessikah writes about making connections with kids and teens in The Day I Wore My Batgirl Skirt to a Class Visit.



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