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…

Teen Summer Reading Program

Summer reading has arrived in the Teen Room! If you haven’t already, it’s time to stop by the library and pick up your Reading Log so that you can start earning chances to win one of our prize bundles. For many teens, summer is the only time you get to choose what you read.  Being…

More recent reads from the Teen Room

I’m going to start of with a confession: I am a total scaredy-pants. That should probably stop me from reading scary books, but it doesn’t. I just read them really, really fast. So, I read Amy Lukavic’s Daughters Unto Devils in one evening. Sixteen-year-old Amanda’s family has lived in a mountain cabin all of her…

Creepy Cute Critters in the Teen Room

When: Every Thursday at 4:00 PM. Where: The Teen Room. What: Arts and Crafts Hour! The teens play with art supplies, make cool crafts, hang out together, and laugh, vent, or chat. Some of our past programs have included yarn art, black out poetry, glass bead magnets, friendship bracelets, decoupage picture frames, origami, book re-purposing,…

We redecorated, and I forgot to write!

True story: we got new carpeting in the Teen Room, as well as some new furniture and paint. Of course, we also have new books. We have so many wonderful new books! Unfortunately, while I have been reading the books, I have not been talking about them on this blog, which is pretty embarrassing. Blame it…