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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.
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."
Here's an idea--reward the well-behaved kids at the library instead of focusing on the badly-behaved ones.
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 Teshkeelcomics.com and the well-muscled heroes (Jabbar and Darr) and adorable heroines (Mumita and Noora) who fill the pages with their adventures.
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 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: 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.
Young adult author Lauren Mechling investigates the infusion of unbookish elements into youth library services, and wonders "If harridan librarians weren't going to be shoving my books down the teens' throats, would anybody read them?"
As it turns out, the answer seems to be yes. Melissa Jenvey, a young adult specialist at the Donnell Library in midtown Manhattan told me that after redoing the teen section four years ago, circulation of young adult titles rose 400 percent. "We just needed to have the merchandise that they wanted," she says. "It's like how they put the milk in the back of the supermarket to get you to buy all the other stuff." More from Boston Globe.
From Chasing Ray comes news of an appeal for reviewers, bloggers, librarians and others to send their advance reading copies to kids in Louisiana juvenile detention centers. Books2Prisoners has been delivering books to prisoners in the NOLA area for some time, and they have now started to gather books for the juvenile detention centers as well. Whatever they had before Katrina is now, of course, gone.
Colleen at Chasing Ray has an excellent and comprehensive post about the situation for kids (incarcerated and otherwise) in New Orleans, and about the kinds of books that Books2Prisoners would like to receive. Generally, they are looking for books from the middle grade reading level and up, primarily dealing with multi-cultural themes and characters. Naturally, not just ARCs, but also full-grown books are welcome.
Read the whole Books2Prisoners post at Chasing Ray for details, inspiration, and the mailing address for the program.
Update: 02/14 12:25 GMT by B :mdoniel says "So if you want to donate books to this program and don't have any funds to send them let me know. I'll pay for the first 5 boxes sent FedEx ground. I'll fax you a label to tape on the box."
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 The Blended Librarians Online Community is excited to get '07 off to a great start with their first webcast of the year. Join Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community, and their guests Robert H. McDonald and Chuck Thomas for a talk on "Discussing the Disconnects Between Library Culture and Millennial Generation Values" on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 3:00 pm EST (New York time). Although this event is free, advance registration is required to reserve a virtual seat. If you are already a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community, here is a direct link to the registration page. You need to join the Blended Librarians Online Community in order to register