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Here's What I Have for You Today:

First a Round-Up of Teen Stuff: 

The Ultimate Guide for Diverse YA Books Releasing July-December (via Bookshelves and Paperbacks)
Blogger Aimal has put together a fantastic list of diverse books of all types. If you mouse over each cover it will tell you what kind of representation is in the book. 

Internet Celebrity Summer Camp (via The Verge)
Lots and lots of teen program ideas in this article about a summer program for teens wanting to be You Tube stars. Experts gave advice on protecting privacy, branding, camera work and a lot more. 

Instagram Like Button Pinata (via Oh Happy Day)
This is easier to make than it looks and doesn't have to be a pinata. It would make a really cool prop for book displays as well. 

Nail Polish Marbled DIY Planters (via Hellow Glow)
A simple craft with pretty results. This would make a great teen or tween activity for gift giving season. 
Pool Noodle Printing (via Alisa Burke). 
This is a really cool looking project with really cheap supplies. I think you could even do this with teens, especially if you stuck to a couple colors to make the results look more sophisticated. 
Education is a Political Act (via Donalyn Miller, Nerdy Book Club)
When everything is this messed up it can seem like the things we do don't really matter. In fact, I've even seen some librar* "activists" mock the idea. Don't think for a minute that what we do doesn't make a difference and let Donalyn tell you why. 

Introducing the Diversity Sauce Podcast (via JGC Center)
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center introduces their rebranded podcast discussing issues related to diversity and inclusion in children's media. 

How Parenting Advice Assumes You're White and Middle Class (via Sydney Morning Herald)
Some food for thought about parenting advice and childhood milestones for those of us working in communities with parents from other cultures (like, all of them). 

Foster Care and Jane Crow (NYT)
Many of the educated and affluent mothers I know live in fear of some random call to CPS ruining their lives, I can't imagine how much worse it is for poor black and Hispanic women with little resources. 

How Managers Can Create a Safe Shopping Experience (via Win the Customer) 
We know we can't really create an actual safe place in a public building but we can be more prepared to help patrons be and feel safe. The first and last option here deserves serious discussion because though they may improve safety they may also make people feel unwelcome. Emergency preparedness, on the other hand, is something every library should be ready and train on. 
Some Book Recommendations: 
Giant Painted Pinwheels (via Hello, Wonderful)
You could do these as a program with pre-cut and drilled pieces but I was more thinking how they could be used as non-holiday related decorations or to draw attention to book displays. 

Mr. Munchy Mouth (via Differentiated Kindergarten)
Lots of info on word families here, but the part I want to single out is the small trash can she made into a monster that eats word families. You could easily do this in storytime by creating a creature that only eats rhyming words and have the children help you feed him. 

Toddlers Learn the Rules of Writing and Reading Very Early (via Science Daily)
Children learn what words look like and how they work before they are even able to use letter sounds. Early exposure matters!

The Epidemic That's Ruining Youth Sports (via NY Post)
Not just an issue to be aware of, but an interesting programming opportunity to bring in an expert in sports medicine to talk to parents. If you advertised through local sports leagues and shops you might find people who aren't currently regular library users. 

Connecting with Guests at 140 Characters (via Relevant Children's Ministry)
Could a real-time twitter presence improve customer service in your library? 
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