This Week in Libraryland

this week in libraryland

This week in libraryland is my weekly post about life as a YA Librarian.  I have been a YA “librarian” for three years and for two of those years I have been working with Elise.  Being a YA librarian means you are a reader, a programmer, a techie, a listener, a venter, a friend, and so much more.  Everyday is never the same.


IMG_1273I set may alarm at 7am so I can watch the YMAs (Youth Media Awards) where they announce the Newbery, Caldecott, and the Printz award.  I’m a little bummed by the Printz awards.  I predicted Bone Gap as the winner and I’m VERY happy it won because it was a wonderful book but the honorees were a shocker.  Watching the YMAs, there was an audible gasp for the audience when the announcer said there were only two honorees.  I felt there were many wonderful books this year that were overlooked.  More Happy Than Not, The Walls Around Us, Challenger Deep,  and Alex Crow were all wonderful books.  The two honorees weren’t on any Mock Printz lists I saw and that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy but the committee couldn’t have come up with two more honorees?

I posted my review of Darkest Corners while I watched the YMAs. Please click here to see the full review.

My post for Diverse Debuts went live on The Hub.

Monday was National Clean up Your Desk Day!  I didn’t clean up my desk because it was a very busy week but I thought I’d take pics of my desk and Elise’s desk.


My colleague went to ALAMW and brought us back these badges and this Dr. Who
bag.  ALA is really stepping up their badge game!

We have a teen room and we often set out technology for the teens to explore. This week, we set out Little Bits and one of our teens discovered she can charge her phone with them-Cool!



My colleague is going on a six month sick leave so we went to a pancake house to celebrate her last day.  I had red velvet pancakes but I forgot to take a picture.

My teen book discussion group has been chosen to be a part of a galley program from Little Brown Books.  We will be mailed ARCs and our teens get to read them and fill out a review form-AWESOME.  This box included: The Memory Book; Girl in the Blue Coat; The Loose Ends List; The New Guy; and Silence is Goldfish.  Getting a box of ARCs never looses its luster.


Woke up to the horrible news of the passing of Alan Rickman.  Besides the main three, Snape was my favorite character and he will be missed.

Part of being a YA librarian is visiting schools.  Today, we sat outside the lunch room of our local high school and we bribe teens with candy to take our literature.  It’s finals week and they appreciated a little pick me up.

We have a Minecraft club and we need to keep it fresh every month so today we learned how to make a tower of terror challenge.


Next week we have an emoji pillow/pouch craft.  We will teach teens how to use a sewing machine but we have to learn how to use it first.  I took home ec in middle school and that was the last time I used a sewing machine.  Elise has never used a sewing machine and she did great!

Our Thursday concluded with helping two of our teens complete their application for a super duper private high school.  Their application was 10 pages each is was due the following day-teens…


Tonight we have our annual murder mystery and this year’s theme is a pajama party. This is one of three parties we host after the library is closed and teens LOVE to run and scream and play hide and seek-even the high schoolers.

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It was a long but fun week. On to the next.

Have any questions for a YA Librarian?



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