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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.
A Disturbing New Trend! Despite the Internet, video games and technological pastimes, teens are still reading. In fact, from 1999 to 2005, teen book sales increased 23 percent, said Albert Greco, a Fordham University marketing professor and publishing expert.
The average Barnes & Noble Booksellers, he said, has 74 shelves dedicated to young adult literature. Religion, meanwhile, averages 110 shelves.
"It's growing and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future," he said.
Isn't it great to be a kid? At the Waukee Public Library, Iowa, teenage members of the Manga Club get the chance to "act crazy"...and they love it.
From The Des Moines Register, "Welcome to Manga Club, a group of students who meet each month at the Waukee Public Library to discuss graphic novels and movies, drink pop and above all, act goofy."
It's just one week though, October 14-21, but hopefully it will pack a punch that stays all year. YALSA has planned the week with a LOL theme.
Here's what a few libraries will be doing to entice teens to pick up a good book, audio, or video:
Freeport, FL,Joliet, IL, Tulsa, OK, Charlotte, NC, Winchester, VA, Round Rock, TX , Chattanooga, TN and more. Activities include talent shows, bake-offs, scavenger hunts, anime contests, movies, etc. What's your library doing?
Whatcom County (Washington) teen librarian Aubri Keleman has promised to dye her hair if the kids in her library's summer reading program make 400 online posts about the books they are reading by August 17th. As of the news report today, they are less than 120 posts away from the goal. No word yet on what color she will use, but she says it will be "satisfyingly shocking."
Youth social networking meets book cover design!
Penguin Group has partnered with Piczo, a teen-oriented social networking zone, for the PiczoMYPenguin contest. Penguin asked six popular musical acts to name a favorite Penguin Classic book and design a cover for each, then challenged Piczo members: "Think YOU can do better???" Entrants can pick one of the six books and create a Piczo page for the cover. The bands will pick their favorite designs, and winners can get CDs from the bands, a set of the books, and exclusive limited edition images of the bands' cover designs.
Note: Caroline McCarthy at The Social wrote on August 2 that the contest "runs for the next four weeks," though I could not find anything at either Piczo or Penguin that stated this.
Tragic story from Wisconsin where 16-year old Eric Hainstock, who has been in trouble practically all his life and has been diagnosed with ADHD among other developmental issues, is now on trial for shooting and killing his high school principal, John Klang, last September. He is being tried as an adult.
The shooting had been preceded by an incident when Hainstock threw a stapler at a teacher.
Librarian Kay Amborn testified Friday that Hainstock, 16, seemed "proud" a week later on Sept. 21 when he saw a story about the incident published in the Reedsburg Independent, showed it to several other students and asked Amborn to make a copy of it for him. She declined.
"He said he wanted a copy for his dad, because his dad didn't get the newspaper," Amborn testified. Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Michele Gorman writes "Hello teen librarians, LSTs, youth advocates, library school professors, grad school students, and anyone else who might have an interest in helping shape the next edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, the book that Mary K. Chelton claims "has everything — clear philosophical goals for the service grounded in developmental assets; an incredible list of how-tos by authors who have been there, done that; a lively text; and a rock-solid understanding of the real kids who need us, not the fantasy kids we often confuse with them.
If you have read or used the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd edition of our professional book, Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, we need your feedback to help make the 4th edition as comprehensive and practical as possible. We will be collecting all survey responses on Monday, July 24.
If you have a copy of any edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, it might be helpful to have it in front of you as you answer these questions. It's not necessary, just helpful. When you're ready to begin, click on this link to get started with the simple 10 question survey. If you'd like to leave the survey at any time, just click "Exit this survey". Your answers will be saved.
Thanks for your input; we appreciate it!
Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop