YOUTH SERVICES ROUNDUP

Happy Friday!

This week I had the opportunity to visit Flower Library and take in a storytime. It was actually my first time in this library and I was stunned by the grandeur of the building and the variety of programming that this talented team of librarians has going on. Click to access a slideshow of cool ideas (and a few pretty photos of the building because I just can’t get over it!) I will endeavor to share out the amazing things happening at each library I visit, and if you have a program or idea worth shouting about please invite me to come check it out!

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

Author Adib Khorram reflects on what’s at stake as diverse books are increasingly challenged – for authors and for the young people who need those books. Sharing his own experience as an LGBTQ+ Iranian-American, he writes, “I grew up not knowing that I could even be an author. I didn’t see media with Iranians, except as terrorists…I grew up thinking that being gay meant that I was going to live a sad life…” Read the article at: https://www.kcur.org/arts-life/2022-02-13/a-kansas-city-ya-author-worries-what-kids-lose-when-books-like-his-own-get-banned

WEEDING YA NONFICTION

http://yssevents.blogspot.com/2022/02/throw-it-thursday-what-teens-dont-read.html

PROGRAMMING FOR TWEENS

How can libraries help young patrons bridge the transition from children’s services to young adult programs? The ALSC blog has some advice for being intentional about creating programming to keep kids engaged through their tween years: https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2022/02/thinking-about-tweens/

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