Young Adults

Librarian Serves Up Manga Seminar for Adults

Good idea, parents should know what interests their kids.

Hinsdale (IL) Public Library reference librarian Lance Anderson is out to prove that comic books and their Japanese sister, Manga, are real books. More on this from Hinsdale Suburban Life.

Rock and Roll Shakes New Britain Public Library

Anonymous Patron writes "The New Britain Connecticut Public Library was the second stop for famous rock and band The High Strung. The "Detroit-based band that sounds like the Beatles with a funkier edge, played a 12-song, one-hour set to about 50 library patrons of all ages. The basement concert kicked off the library's summer programming for teenagers." ROck-N-Roll with it here."

Pimp My Cart in Racine

Teens have been busily pimping the bookcarts at this Wisconsin Library, even though the mandatory few don't care for the terminology.

Library shifts its attention from rowdy to well-behaved teenagers

How cool would you feel if you were a teenager again and got a raffle ticket for "Radically Good Behavior?!" What do you mean, not very?!! Over at The Longmont, Colorado Public Library it seems to be Actually Working. Library staff say they've noticed a significant decrease in rowdy behavior since the raffles started, in part because their focus has shifted away from the disruptive teens who previously monopolized their attention.

"It's good for the kids who are ignored for always behaving well and for the kids who don't always behave well but are in a given moment," said librarian Margaret Hyatt.
Maybe those disruptive teens were just looking for some attention after all.

Some drug info 'too much,' mom says

David Rothman spotted This Associated Press piece on a parent whose 15-year-old learned from a school library book how to sniff nail polish remover wants books with such specific drug information removed.

At the very least, Sherri Walter and her mother, Stephanie Kelly, say certain books should be flagged and require parental permission before they can be checked out by their children.

"This information is too much," Kelly said.

"They cave pretty fast at that age."

Citations for <i>Good </i>Behavior @ Your Library

Here's an idea--reward the well-behaved kids at the library instead of focusing on the badly-behaved ones.

The library in Longmont, CO has seen great strides in the program, funded in part by the Friends of the Library. Story from the Daily Times Call.

A Comic About Truth, Justice and the Islamic Way

Banned in Saudi Arabia as religious censors there allege that it attempts to give a face to God (something Islam prohibits), the Kuwaiti based comic-book "The 99" is nevertheless growing in popularity in a large part of the Islamic world. Clerics from Kuwait to Malaysia have given "The 99" their blessing and in fact their financial support. Financing comes from the Islamic Unicorn Investment Bank in Bahrain and if you are curious as to what "Islamic banking" exactly is, here's a website with an explanation of their principles.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on the comic published by and the well-muscled heroes (Jabbar and Darr) and adorable heroines (Mumita and Noora) who fill the pages with their adventures.

AR Dad Wants $20K, Says Lesbian Book Disturbed Teens

David Rothman sent over News From Bentonville AR where a man is seeking $20,000 from the city after his two teenage sons found a book on lesbian sex on a public library bookshelf.

He also wants the library director fired.

Earl Adams said his 14- and 16-year-old sons were "greatly disturbed" after finding the book, titled "The Whole Lesbian Sex Book." Adams said the book caused "many sleepless nights in our house."
The the city's attorney dismissed Adams' claim as baseless. She said the book is not pornographic.

"There is not a valid legal concern here," Camille Thompson said. "In fact, (the request for money) made me question his motivation."

Board Game Reference List

Board games have evolved much since the days of Monopoly. Thanks to the Euro game boom of the 1990s, there is a rich variety of board games to explore. At Boardgame News, Giles Pritchard lists age-appropriate games for school children, as well as games that target math, literacy, and negotation skills. These could be interesting for both educators and librarians who plan after-school programs for youth.

Libraries at the Cutting Edge

Libraries at the Cutting Edge: The trendiest meeting place on many college campuses these days features a coffee bar, wireless Internet zones, free entertainment and special programs, modern lounge areas and meeting rooms.

And free access to books. Lots of books.

This educational social hub is the campus library, which is beginning to look more like an Internet cafe than the academic library you remember from your college days.

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