Neighbors and Pi

Never downplay the importance of good friends or good food. From this profound grandmotherly advice (truly–I borrowed this directly from a friend’s esteemed grandmother) came the theme of last Thursday’s workshop, which could best be described as “Community Partners and Raspberry Pi.” Of course, if you’ve been following this blog, you may know that the…

Drawing in Three Dimensions

If you’ve been following this blog, you probably know that we recently received a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) grant through the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Department of Economic and Community Development. One of the ways we’ve used the funds is to purchase a variety of fun and educational interactive STEM…

Ready to Volunteer at the Library?

Summer is on its way, and with it comes a little extra time to sleep in, go swimming, play outside, or stay up all night reading a towering stack of library books. Of course, if you’ve got a little more free time, you might want to get a head start on those community service credit…

STEM LEAP

We had a blast at the STEM LEAP Open House and Raspberry Jam on Monday night! Kids, teens, and adults gathered in the Jackson-Madison County Library Program Room, where stations were available for exploring our newly-acquired educational technology. Patrons browsed among the stations, driving Sphero SPRK+ robots through mazes, tossing a ball with Dash and…

Makey Makey and the Raspberry Jam

The Jackson-Madison County Library was recently awarded a STEM grant through the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Department of Economic and Community Development. With this, we our launching our STEM L.E.A.P. (Learn, Explore, and Play) initiative, which will enable people of our community to have access to hands-on STEM learning, career exploration, and…

New books

Chilly December has arrived in Jackson, and the J-MCL Teen Room is prepared for whatever late autumn weather might befall us. By prepared, I mean that we have a great selection of new Young Adult books available to browse or check out. As I always say, there’s no point in sitting around and being bored…

Emoji Magnets

Time to get crafty in the Teen Room! We’ll be making emoji magnets on Monday, May 1, at 3 PM.  Here’s a photo of the sample magnets I made. I usually try to make the craft in advance, so I can hide my confusion if I unintentionally glue my hands together be prepared for any…

National Poetry Month in the Teen Room

April is National Poetry Month, and the Jackson-Madison County Library Young Adult Services is embracing the celebration. In the Teen Room, the Post-It Poetry Wall is waiting for anyone to share a favorite poem, or to write a new one just for the occasion. Poetry books from the YA collection are displayed beneath in case…

Anime Club

This Saturday, January 28 @ 3:00, we’ll be learning to use chopsticks (and practicing our new skills on some sugary candy, because…why not?). Also, we’ll have supplies available to make Soot Sprites out of yarn, for anyone who is feeling crafty! Anime Club is free and open to all teens. Watch anime, talk about your…

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten

Every year is election year for the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten list. Throughout the year, teen book clubs throughout the country participate in the YALSA (that’s the Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens’ Top Ten nomination program, selecting a group of books from the previous year that they believe were the best of the best…

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

My first summer as the Young Adult manager is nearly over, and it has been so much fun! We’ve finished our summer reading program, and seven of our teen patrons have taken home prize bundles, which, all together, included five Kindle Fires, a $50 certificate for use at theCO, and lots of certificates for pizza…