As part of Teen Tech Week, YALSA is teaming up with the Connected Learning Alliance, Deviant Art, National Writing Project, and Wattpad for the Twist Fate challenge.

The challenge is to get young people (ages 13-17) telling stories about what happens when a hero becomes a villain, or a villain a hero (through writing, video, digital art, animation, etc.) and sharing them across the Deviant Art and Wattpad platforms. It's happening March 6-April 6th, and to ramp up for it there will be a...


by Abby Spegman, courtesy of The Bulletin

Marni Hanna has a disclaimer for visitors to the Pacific Crest (OR) Middle School library: It’s not done.  “A lot of people walk in and say there’s not that many books,” said Hanna, the school’s media manager.

The shelves are about half full — the school opened late last year, and Hanna is still trying to gauge what sort of books teachers and students are most interested in. But there are other things missing: computers, since all the students have iPads; reference...


by Colin Dabowski, courtesy of The Buffalo News

Buffalo (NY) is a living library of great collections, each amassed through some combination of smarts, money and good timing.

From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s peerless masterpieces of modern art that pepper the pages of art history books to the world-renowned trove of James Joyce manuscripts and letters that draw scholars from around the globe to the University at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection, this city proudly protects many of the great accomplishments in the history of art, architecture, science and literature.

So it...


by Joseph Doucet, courtesy of The Daily Reveille

In the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, Baton Rouge’s West Chimes Street and the surrounding North Gates area was home to a small, yet devoted punk rock scene.  Author and former punk-rocker Tim Parrish, State Librarian of Louisiana Rebecca Hamilton, and filmmaker Bennet Rhodes have decided this almost 30-year period needs to be preserved as a document of one of the city’s most colorful subcultures.

All former members of the punk community, the three are creating “Red Stick Punkumentary,” a documentary film covering the punk scene...



One of the more recent big changes that we are implementing is the incorporation of more Brooklyn-based documentaries into our media collection. The Ursula C. Schwerin Library, serving the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (CUNY), is located in downtown Brooklyn. It’s a melting pot within a melting pot of sorts. By incorporating films and cinema highlighting local happenings, I feel that students are exposed to issues and events happening in their own backyard that they may be unaware of....READ MORE

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Apr. 2016. 336p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $18.95 (9781419720789). Grades 10-12.
REVIEW. First published February 15, 2016 (Booklist).

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