Young Adults

Public libraries allow minors to check out R-rated movies

From ABC15 (KNXV-TV) in Phoenix, AZ:

Public libraries allow minors to check out R-rated movies:

R-rated movies with sex, nudity, and graphic violence are available for check-out at public libraries across the Valley, and the ABC15 Investigators found teenagers can get movies there they can't at the video store . . . .

6/4/08 UPDATE:
The Phoenix Library Advisory Board is conducting a comprehensive review of its circulation policies for minors. We'll keep you posted on any changes they may make.

Six Astounding Young Adult Novels of the Pre-Potter Era

io9.com lists exactly what the title above says, Six Astounding Young Adult Novels of the Pre-Potter Era.

"The success of Harry Potter has established that the young adult market in fiction can be insanely lucrative, as have other successful scifi series like Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and Scott Westerfield's Uglies series. Now traditionally adult scifi authors like Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi have released YA novels, and publishers promise more smart YA fiction is on the way. But this is hardly the first time that YA fiction in the scifi genre has flowered: in the 1950s, Scribner's did an entire Juveniles series, with over a dozen novels devoted to teen space adventure (including some of Lester Del Rey and Robert Heinlein's most beloved books). But these weren't the only cool kid scifi books of the pre-Potter era. We've got six more great, old-school YA books for you to rediscover or read for the first time."

OC Register Investigates if Games Are Good for Libraries

The Orange County Register ran a n article about a Anaheim Branch library that is incorporating games into it's teen programming. Read the story here: From one of the comments "Libraries are community centers now, not mausoleums. In this neighborhood, these kids need a place to go."

Deadline May 31: Free tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at ALA Annual

There is still time to send in your application for free tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at ALA Annual: Deadline is May 31, 2008. Apply now!

AWARD and AWARD CRITERIA

Thanks to the generous support of Marshall Cavendish, NMRT is able to offer three tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at the ALA 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. Tickets are $89 each, which would be out of the financial reach of most NMRT members if it weren't for the generosity of Marshall Cavendish.

Any NMRT member who is not currently serving on the Marshall Cavendish Award Committee may enter. Just write a short essay (around 250 words) telling us why you want to attend the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet and how you feel you would benefit. For more information about Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder honorees, go to http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/literaryrelated.htm

THE BANQUET

Newbery-Caldecott Awards Banquet, Sunday, June 29, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us for this gala evening to celebrate the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honorees, authors and illustrators of the year’s most distinguished books for children. Cocktails (cash bar) available prior to dinner; doors open at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $89 and will be available at the Online Registration Counter until the event is sold out, or noon Friday, whichever occurs first. No tickets will be available at the door.

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Mom appalled at racy books in store for teens at mall

Another day, Another Offended Mom, only this time it's not us being offensive, it's a store, Urban Outfitters. Mommy was surprised to find sexually charged books that she believes have no place in a clothing store for teens and young adults.

On one end of the spectrum was "Porn for Women" a photo book showing men doing housework. On the other was "Pornogami: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults" a guide for making anatomically correct artwork."When I saw it, I was shocked," mama said.

Messaging shorthand seeps into formal usage

OMG! WTH r kidz riting 2day?

Are you finding students utilizing text-message shorthand to express themselves in classwork and other communications? It's a trend so it seems.

While students are more likely to forgo text-messaging slang and acronyms in school assignments, they often will forget to maintain a level of academic formality when communicating with their teachers via e-mail, dropping punctuation and using acronyms.

“You’d think they would think ‘Oh, I’m writing my English teacher,’ but they use acronyms and forget punctuation and capitalization,” but that's not the case. Many teachers will forgive the informality in e-mails, because it’s a practice they themselves have grown accustomed to.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington recently expressed concern about what he called the “slow destruction of the basic unit of human thought, the sentence.” Mr. Billington said he fears the disjointed prose of text messaging and chat-room discourse has damaged young Americans’ ability to write clearly. Chattanooga Free Times has the scoop.

Library of Congress Opens Main Reading Room to Researchers Age 16 and Older

Sweet sixteen and never been to the Library of Congress? Now you can enter the Main Reading Room as a researcher--L.O.C. has changed its policy to allow 16 and 17 year olds.

From the press release:

"The Library of Congress is always looking for ways to create new lifelong learners, to expand access to knowledge and to spark the creativity of future generations," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

"We want people of all ages to be aware of the almost limitless resources that are available in libraries, including their de facto national library, especially at a time when the amount of information online still represents only a tiny fraction of the sum total of human knowledge."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 8 million 16- and 17-year-olds living in the United States.

Iowa Senate Votes down Proposal on Libraries and R-rated movies

From Radio Iowa News:

"The Iowa Senate Wednesday voted down a proposal to require libraries which get state funds to restrict loaning R-rated movies to kids under 18-years old. Brad Zahn, a Republican from Urbandale, offered the amendment to an education appropriations bill. . . . The proposed ban was defeated by a vote of 31 to 17."

Writing, Technology and Teens

From a new report from The Pew & The Internet American Life Project: Writing, Technology and Teens: Teens write a lot, but they do not think of their emails, instant and text messages as writing. This disconnect matters because teens believe good writing is an essential skill for success and that more writing instruction at school would help them.

Game Playing @ Your Library

Whether it's Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution, the kid are having a blast at the Penfield Public Library (near Rochester NY).

Are the games 'educational'? Jennie Schaff, assistant professor of education technology in Nazareth College’s school of education, said the games could be super beneficial in getting kids into the library. Guitar Hero requires users to click on colored keys to hit the correct note, which could be educational for some.

Wiis are also being used with senior citizens for maintaining motor control and having fun. They can bowl, play tennis and do other sports, indoors.

It’s not just about playing the games, said 12-year-old Aaron Bonham. “It gets you out of the house and you get to socialize and meet new people,” he said. And, after the kids play, Grills said many of them head over to the teen section to scope out what’s on the shelves. Story from MPN Now.

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