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The Young Adult Library Services Association presented its annual Margaret A. Edwards Award to science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card last week, paying tribute to the ways in which his novel Ender's Game and its follow-up Ender's Shadow fulfill the Edwards Award mandate of "helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world." (No mention, sadly, of Speaker for the Dead, the immediate sequel to Ender's Game.) Card's selection kicked up some controversy, however, due to his extreme views on homosexuality. As School Library Journal, which co-sponsors the award, summarizes the debate, "If a well-known author writes and speaks about gays and lesbians in a way that many interpret to be anti-gay, should he be given an award that honors his outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens?"
Teen author, Orson Scott Card, is the topic of much discussion as the Edwards honor bestowed by the ALA’s YALSA has brought to general attention Card’s views against tolerance for homosexuals.
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The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee have released a report showing that "kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be." Story at Ars Technica.
The Chicago Suburban News Just Discovered At the Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Public Libraries, children have the freedom to check out any book, magazine, CD or DVD on the shelves — regardless of whether it was intended for an adult audience.
“Generally, we’ve taken the position that kids and parents should work together on this — that’s the healthiest approach,” Scheetz said. “Sometimes what upsets a parent may seem innocuous to us, but may not fit into that family’s values.”
The following link shows how to create a digital whiteboard using a Wii Remote (Wii is not required): Why is the Nintendo Wii better then the PS3 and Xbox 360? Quite simply, it's not just for games. The video below shows you how you can use a Wii remote (no Wii required) and turn your laptop into a digital whiteboard! This would be a perfect low cost solution to libraries and schools offering computer workshops.
Gary Price Points Out This report shows the many roles the info professional can and needs to play in an age when many think all answers are only one-click away. Btw, Google is a name grabber but this paper is more about online and web info in general.
Students from around the county added a stop to the Saranac and Clarksville libraries to their Christmas break plans Thursday to build Lego creations.
“It's pretty cool,” said 8-year-old Jacob Rowley.
The libraries provided all the necessary Legos for each child to build whatever they wished and provided movie rentals to those participating.
All the talk about how libraries are losing the younger generation is apparently just that...talk. A survey done by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the biggest group is actually Generation Y, the 18-30 year olds. While they may no longer be using the library for what we would call "traditional" reasons, they are using the library.
Kids, don't count on Abbie Hoffman's classic "Steal This Book," with its detailed instructions on how to break out of jail, to be on the new library shelves at the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center.
But there are many useful offerings in the collection of more than 600 books donated this week by the Friends of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center to help create the facility's first reading rooms.
After much debate, a committee at Brookwood High decided that the book "Sandpiper" by Ellen Wittinger should be put back on the school's library shelves, but that decision is on hold because it is being appealed to the Tuscaloosa County school board.