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literature out loud: a guide to young adult literature for trans teens

handout from the mla conference

*this is uploaded as a jpg, if you would like a pdf you can find it here

A great resource for YA literature for trans teens!

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New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory

The Library of Congress is to announce Thursday that the next poet laureate is Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of three collections and a professor of creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta. Ms. Trethewey, 46, was born in Gulfport, Miss., and is the first Southerner to hold the post since Robert Penn Warren, the original laureate, and the first African-American since Rita Dove in 1993.

I’m still a little in disbelief,” Ms. Trethewey said on Monday.

Unlike the recent laureates W. S. Merwin and her immediate predecessor, Philip Levine, both in their 80s when appointed, Ms. Trethewey, who will officially take up her duties in September, is still in midcareer and not well-known outside poetry circles. Her work combines free verse with more traditional forms like the sonnet and the villanelle to explore memory and the racial legacy of America. Her fourth collection, “Thrall,” is scheduled to appear in the fall. She is also the author of a 2010 nonfiction book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

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New pictures from our move to the new YA area! We’re almost done :)

Have you checked out MTV Geek?

MTV Geek is the home of MTV Comics and your daily destination for the latest in comic books, video games, animation, toys, hobby gaming, tech, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and more. We have all the latest previews, exclusive sneak peeks, behind the scenes videos, and event coverage along with MTV original comics!

Not only is it a great way to stay on top of all things “geek”, the commentary is fantastic! I love getting my Game of Thrones news this way :)

Looking for an easy way to celebrate Teen Tech Week? Here are a few tips for you to get started!
  1. Find out if your library has a mobile app for your phone or tablet (like NYPL’s Biblion or WorldCat mobile), download and give it a try.
  2. Visit your library’s webpage.
  3. Blog about a library book or program.
  4. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  5. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  6. Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  7. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  8. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  9. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  10. Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  11. Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
  12. Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.
  13. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  14. Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.
  15. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  16. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
  17. Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
  18. Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
  19. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  20. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
  21. Learn how to use some new software.
  22. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  23. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  24. Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.