Resources: Links of the Month – June 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 June:

June is LGBT Pride Month! At The Hub, Kelly Dickinson shares Middle School Pride: LGBTQ+ Tweens in Literature for Youth and Molly Wetta gives readers an Updated Graphic Guide to LGBTQ YA Literature for Pride Month.

Meredith Levine from the Fayetteville Free Library writes about teaching HTML and other website making skills to kids at the ALSC Blog: More Coding for Kids: HTML.

Thinking about stop motion animation? School Library Journal has some resources for getting started: Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops. Clara Hendricks from the Wellesley Free Library also wrote a piece on how to Engage tweens with technology through Stop Motion Videos at the ALSC Blog.

At the YALSAblog, Deborah Takahashi from the Pasadena Public Library talks about How Teamwork Brought Me Closer to Teens and how collaborating with other librarians has improved teen services at her libraries. On a similar note, Kelly Stade challenges librarians to Level Up Your Leadership Skills: Build Your Network with some encouragement and tips.

Are you a public librarian experiencing the ups and downs of summer reading? Sarah at GreenBeanTeenQueen shares What It’s Like to be a Public Librarian in the Summer with some reminders about why we do what we do and some encouragement to get through these summer months! And at the ALSC Blog, Katie Salo also talks about putting a positive spin on summer reading: Summertime and the Livin’ Is…Easy?

School Library Journal posted a list of books and other resources about teens with special needs: Redefining Normal: Books About Teens with Special Needs.

How inclusive is your library when it comes to gender? Ingrid at the Magpie Librarian writes about her Adventures in Library Card Applications and Gender Neutral Bathrooms.

Should you categorize your teen fiction section by genre? Mrs. ReaderPants explores the Genrefication Debate: Dewey has worked for 150 years. Why change it now?.

Not sure where to start with manga? Andrea Lipinski gives a Manga 101 primer at School Library Journal and Sara Sellers writes A guide to Manga terms you might not know exist at Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries.

Sarah Amazing at Zen and the Art of Teen Services talks about how she changed up teen programming at her library over the past year: Thursdays at Main: A different take on programming…. A great read if you’re thinking about shaking things up in the fall!

What articles and blog posts have helped or inspired you this month?

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