Read aloud resources at Rosenthal/CUNY

So, as I commented in class, I was quite surprised that all these different resources were still in the shelves of Rosenthal while all of you are polishing your read aloud and booktalk activities. The resources in the syllabus are just a starting point, so I was hoping you were using your reference skills to explore other resources.

Here you have the list of books I brought to class: some books come from Education and others from LIS, so beware of the different approaches to the task. Also, some authors might be usual aspects and there are some surprises embedded in the links. Some of your classmates have chosen blogs that complement this selection, especially if you are having a hard time choosing a book:

For those of you who might feel a bit more adventurous, check this out.


The elevator pitch or taxi chat

Elevator speeches are great tools for network and try to be effective at presenting what you or your library do to an specific audience or person. As a tool, it comes from the business world and it is often recommended for people seeking a job to introduce themselves in a effective and concise manner. In LIS, Michael Stephen at his Library Journal column offers a brief note about why elevator speeches are important in the library world, especially when we are out there in the world and someone asks why what you do matters. Kathy Dempsey at InfoToday provides a longer reflection, but also a funny alternative name to the action, the taxi chats, and offers some basic ideas to start drafting a chat.

Beyond this two background posts, following you can find more concrete resources that can help you start thinking about your own speech:

Teens Involvement: Volunteers

Resources available in print at QC:

Some online resources discussed yesterday:


  • YALSA grants: Not just for volunteer programs, but for anything. Remember to check it out and start applying for some of the opportunities for students!
  • LSTA at the State library
  • Local organizations: Check your community profile! Remember how Syntichia Kendricks-Samuel is running a year long program through a Best Buy grant? Sometimes your best allies are around the corner!
  • Youth Service America
  • Grantwatch and the Foundation Directory to help you find organizations beyond the LIS scope

Programming resources from Rosenthal (and other surprises)

Apart from the complete bibliographic information, I am adding the permanent link for WorldCat. From there you can check the Queens College/CUNY availability.

Beyond these monographs, you should always check the professional journals VOYA and YALS. Online you can always find ideas and a potential sharing community at The Library Incubator, YALSA’s The Hub, TeenLibrarianToolbox, and Teen Services Underground.

ABOUT SPECIFIC POPULATIONS: For these topics, some of the monographs are rather outdated. They still can serve as a general guidance about the population, but you should always check the LISA and LISS for more up-to-date information.


Your selection of resources S2016

Allison recommends Common Sense Media: “The site breaks down educational merit, violence & scariness, sexy stuff, language and positive messages with simple a 5 star rating system.   Particularly useful are the discussion topics in the “Families can talk about…” section.”

Caitlin recommends Epic Reads: “I find it’s best to find YA literature through forums that offer a young adult interface, style, language, colors, etc. It allows you to browse books by new releases or what’s coming soon, your favorite authors, or do a specific search. And, to make the experience more complete they offer a ‘Fun’ tab that includes giveaways, quizzes and polls.”

Erin recommends School Library Journal, Kirkus , and Voya because they “are several sources that I typically use while at work for collection development purposes.”

Christina recommends Gay YA: It features book reviews and blog posts by authors and teens on topics surrounding LGBT characters in YA fiction. Reviews (especially from teen authors) tend to be longer and more informal than those found in a journal, but provide insight into why teens are choosing these particular books over other YA LGBT materials. Additionally, Gay YA curates masterlists of YA fiction for different LGBT identities.

Genee recommends some local libraries’ resources: NYPL staff picks, Brooklyn’s What to Read, Queen’s staff picks, and Brooklyn’s Bookmatch service. Her reason is more than sound: “I typically stick to using my home library’s librarian recommendation/staff picks web page, because who would know what to recommend better than the experts.”

Gloria recommends Novelist because “I consider myself such an avid reader, I am often browsing the possibilities of this resource. So much to read, so little time.”

Jess, Marlene and Taylor recommended Goodreads YA because “Goodreads overall is a great tool when selecting YA materials and books in general for collection development and readers’ advisory. It contains enough content to satisfy both an information specialist performing readers’ advisory and the casual reader.” Goodreads also is “great resource because it is teen centered and very popular. Lots of people sign on everyday to update their reading challenges or to start an online discussion. I use this resource to read reviews and read profiles.”

Jen send you to  All Our Worlds: Diverse Fantastic Fiction because “the site hosts a searchable database of sci-fi and fantasy books that in one way or another diverge from the white, straight, Western standard of SFF. The database allows users to search by tag (gender, orientation, race, setting, etc.), with loads of subtags for race/setting and disability if you’re looking for something specific. Results can also be limited by audience and it also offers a few curated lists.”

Kara points to YALSA booklists because “they’re organized by year (and are therefore current), the book descriptions are clear and easy to use for readers’ advisory, and they give me a lot of options really quickly. they are a great way for someone (me) who used to be very immersed in teen lit trends but has fallen off the YA bandwagon in the past few years to get reacquainted and excited about the popular stuff that’s out there now.”

Natasha will stay  Forever Young Adult since it “allows you to keep up with teen trends in young adult literature, media & pop-culture. This refreshing and creative blog is a one-stop-resource equipped with up-to-date catchy categories.” She highlights the main resources for librarians and teens alike!

Sandy goes with a classic, the Book Smugglers because “they consistently update their blog and do round-ups of what’s going on in the publishing world. I like that they balance between reviewing upcoming titles and older titles that have been forgotten as the publishers crank out newer, shinier titles. Another thing that I really admire about Anna and Thea? They never sugarcoat their reviews”

A blog to think about global youth

Youth Circulations is a project of two professors with contributions from graduate students where they examine and reflect images of global youth. From the about page:

“An ongoing project, the images we collect and feature on Youth Circulations are primarily from mainstream news sources, policy reports and promotional materials. Though we select and organize these images, we ultimately recognize them as contextual, as are their meanings and interpretations. The goal of Youth Circulations is to incite critique as well as conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.”

The Gallery is a fascinating and thoughtful space about the many roles and spaces youth inhabits in the world, maybe also around you? maybe also in your library?