Resources: Links of the Month – January 2015

Every month we’ll be rounding up some can’t miss online resources from the wide world of teen services and beyond.

YALSA’s The Hub has a fantastic two-parter from Alegria Barclay about social justice and literature: Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading Part I and Part II.

In line with our challenge for this month, Hayden Bass from Seattle Public Library shares Adventures In Outreach: Asking Questions, about building connections in their community.

Though the Jbrary team focuses on children’s services, Lindsey’s Adventures in Booktalking post has lots of great booktalking tips for grades 3-7 that can apply for all grade levels.

File this under “Program Ideas I Never Knew I Needed in My Life”: Hafuboti’s Nerd Chi program is a nerdy spin on Tai Chi.

Speaking of programs, the Weird Party from the Young Adult Activities blog sounds both weird and awesome!

For another spin on book speed dating that could work in school and public library settings, take a look at Musical Chairs + Book Tasting Rocks! from the Unquiet Librarian.

Curious what a day is like for another teen librarian? Lezbrarian, who works at the Chicago Public Library, posted A Day in the Life of a Teen Librarian.

It’s award season! Check out the Cybils Awards Finalists and the Edgar Awards Nominees for lots of great books to add to your to-be-read stack.

If you need research to back up your services, check out the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report for information about what and how often kids 0-17 are reading.

You might have seen Andrew Watts’ A Teenager’s View on Social Media written by an actual teen. But did you see social media researcher danah boyd’s response, An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media?

At the YALSA YALS blog, Heidi Andres, a Teen Services Librarian with Cuyahoga County Public Library, writes thoughtfully about Working with Outcomes: A Worthwhile Challenge

Makerspaces are all the rage these days. Take a peek into the BOOMbox, Skokie’s STEAM Space! An interview with Amy Holcomb at the Show Me Librarian.

An lastly, over at our sister site Storytime Underground, read Cory’s piece on professional engagement, Strategic Retreat or Shake Shit Up? In this case, do read the comments!

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

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