Week in Review: October 22nd

We’ve still got a few more days of Teen Read Week left! Browse the #TRW15 hashtag on Twitter or Instagram to see what fun activities and events libraries had to celebrate reading for the fun of it.
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There’s been lots of buzz this week about the end of an icon, too: the ‘future’ of Back to the Future is now.

Check out the rest of the roundup of interesting and helpful links for those who work with teens in the library.

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Books and Reading

School Library Journal rounded up a list of under the radar YA novels to “get away” with this week.

The Washington Post reports what we all know: kids need time to read at school. Nancie Atwell explains why: “All that quiet time reading stories chosen for me by an adult who loved me changed me forever. Now I had all these narratives inside me, all these people, and all this knowledge, not to mention a passion for books and the ability to read fast and with feeling.”

Gearing up for Halloween? Epic Reads has a list of 18 scary stories and Penguin Teen has some books that prove you should be scared of the dark.  If zombies are more your thing, check out this post at Lit Reactor.

Amanda at Teen Librarian Toolbox rounds up the forthcoming LGBTQ titles for the rest of 2015.

The B&N Teen blog shares a list of YA romances between characters on opposite sides of the tracks.

Graphic Novels and Comics

What does diversity mean in today’s comics? Check out this post at Comic Book Resources about a New York Comic Con panel.

How cool is this behind the scenes look at how Lumberjanes is made?

Movies and TV

So how many times have you watched the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?! Also, it’s hard not to realize just how evil Darth Vader really is after watching the supercut of his kill count.

In a win for diversity, a new Sesame Street character, Julia, is on the autism spectrum.

The new Alice in Wonderland-inspired Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes was optioned for film by Universal.

Librarianship

Ah, sometimes collection development can be overwhelming because of all those shiny books. Pam at Teen Services Underground shares her process for deciding what to buy and keeping track of orders.

Kansas City and Toronto libraries are getting into some friendly competition over their respective baseball teams bid for a spot in the World Series.

Video Games

Back to the Future isn’t the only video game that predicted the future. Check out these other blasts from the past at Mashable.

Share this list of debunked myths about video games with those who wonder if video games are a worthwhile resource for libraries.

Check out four video games based on mythology. How easy is it to make connections to other literature through these games! Awesome readers’ advisory opportunity.

Even more applications for video games! They might be able to help kids with autism exercise.

Did we miss any other important news or great articles this week? Share in the comments! 

— Molly Wetta, currently reading Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

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Molly Wetta

Molly is the Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Programming, and Marketing at Santa Barbara (CA) Public Library. She is a former member manager of YALSA's The Hub.