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13 Reasons Why: Considerations for Educators (via NASP)
The National Association of School Psychologists has provided some help for talking to teens about 13 Reasons Why and related issues. The related links section on the right has some handouts as well. 

The People Investment That can 10x Your Team (via Museum Hack)
While the main idea is not to scrimp on training the big thing I got was how great a conference session for children's librarians with a voice coach could be. 

Snooping on Teens Doesn't Work (via Cool Mom Picks)
Research has shown that parental snooping on teen social media is most likely to backfire and hurt communication between parents and teens. 

Keep Them Passionately Curious (via Not Just Cute)
The best thing adults can do to support preschoolers learning is to support and encourage their curiosity. We do a lot of this already, but take some time to brainstorm three new ideas to support this in the library. 
Magazine Mosaics (via Make it Your Own)
Who needs tasks to keep teen or tween volunteers busy during the summer? This would take too long for a program (probably) if kids cut their own tiles, but if you had containers of them cut ahead of time then they could start right on their pictures. 
Mixed Media Art (via Mairtown Kindergarten)
This kindergarten class made their own pop art by painting on black and white pictures of themselves. Click-worthy for the cute pics as well as the idea. 

Dinosaur Skin Painting/Stamping (via StrongStart)
This early childhood class used bubble wrap and paint to make dinosaur art and the results are great!

Positive Affirmations for Kids (via A Mindful Fairytale)
I love the idea of doing affirmations in storytime (see Miss Julie's SU post) there are several on this list that would work nicely including "Kindness is my superpower" and "I have special gifts to share with the world."
The Amazing Story Generator (via Imagination Soup)
This nifty little flip book will generate hundreds of story ideas for kids. I also think it would be a fun long-term project for a fandom club to create one ;-)
Welcome to the Fan Parade: A Guide For Fandom New Comers (via MarySue)
A little help for those of you who don't participate in fandom to connect and understand your teens and tweens who do. 

Shaming Students So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill (via NYT)
If this doesn't make you irate....Given that when working summer camp even taking kids' candy break away was considered an abusive "withholding of food"  I can't believe what some of these schools get away with. There is never a reason for an adult to publicly humiliate a child. 

15 Star Wars Math Activities (via Inspiration Laboratories)
Why not sneak some math into the stations at your next Star Wars program? 
100 Invitations to Build (via Left Brain Craft Brain)
100 ideas for building materials. Some might inspire library activities and some are more suited for keeping your patrons building at home during the summer. 

Just for Fun

My Plot (a Shakespearean Hamilton Parody)
"Don't be shocked when your English Class mentions me. I've imbued all my plays with vitality." Check the links on the bottom for other ones including Romeo and Juliet/The Tomb Where It Happens

Ludacris Llama Llama Red Pajama Freestyle 
Just in case nobody has shared this with you yet. It's charming. 
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