What I’m Reading

I’m currently reading the backs of my eyelids* and cross-stitch patterns for snowflakes**. But in professional news I am staying current on the American Library Association’s bimonthly publication American Libraries. Here are some highlights from the Sept/Oct issue: Empower Student Voices: using hip-hop lyrics in library lessons to engage youth in activism An article written … More What I’m Reading

Spotlight on Youth Activist: Marley Dias & #1000blackgirlbooks

It’s rare to find a child who loves the book assigned to them by their teacher. It’s either too old or boring or has nothing to do with the life the child is living. Enter stage right, ten-year old soon-to-be youth activist Marley Dias. She came home from school and lamented to her mother about … More Spotlight on Youth Activist: Marley Dias & #1000blackgirlbooks

What I’m Reading

Yesterday I wrote about the powerful and important work of Nadya Okamoto, social activist and founder of PERIOD. She runs the largest youth-run non-profit in the area of women’s health. Well, Firefox’s Pocket feature must be getting smarter based on my search terms because a pretty good nugget was in today’s recommended articles. Settle in … More What I’m Reading

Spotlight on Youth on the First Annual National Period Day

If I could scream the importance of this topic it from my rooftop I would, except: 1) I’m 26 weeks pregnant so I am period-free for the next, oh, three months or so. 2) I’m pregnant and climbing onto the roof has been declared a Dangerous activity by my OB so I’ve ceased. For now. … More Spotlight on Youth on the First Annual National Period Day

Survey Your Staff on Their Feelings About Youth

Does your place of business serve, teach, or otherwise interact with teenagers? Do your colleagues/employees thrive in those interactions, or are they run-of-the-mill transactions with little engagement? Worse yet, are young patrons obviously sneered at or belittled? Unless you’re employed by the pinnacle of customer service, your place of employment is likely not known for … More Survey Your Staff on Their Feelings About Youth

Setting Boundaries With and For the Teenager in Your Life

Parenting teenagers is hard, huh? As their parent, teacher, mentor, or boss your role is to guide them into adulthood. We do that in so many ways. We implement curfews, screen time limits, chore requirements, etc. Those are rules negotiated by teens and their guardians. But there are other types of rules that young people … More Setting Boundaries With and For the Teenager in Your Life