Young Adults

Library Responds to Teen Needs with Advisory Board

Here's a success story of how the Lester Public Library (Manitowoc, WI) greatly improved its service to local teens by listening to teens. The Library's Teen Advisory Board formed in 2001 with seven members. Now the TAB has 41 members, about half of whom are active. For those of you who have tried teen outreach, you'll appreciate how significant that is! More of the story at the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.

Nebraska Librarian Hopes to Inspire Reluctant Readers

Joni Wilder, assistant director of the La Vista Public Library appealed to the La Vista Community Foundation for funds to middle-school aged boys into making regular forays to the library.

Wilder's plan is to visit La Vista elementary schools and promote a parent-son book club. She's currently compiling a list of paperbacks with guy-appeal for a discussion-activity hour once a week at the library. Story from La Vista Sun.

High School Entrepreneur Contest Opportunity

RMiller writes "The Greater Dayton IT Alliance and Dayton Metro Library are sponsoring an entrepreneurial contest in January for high school students, called The Miami Valley's Next Top Entrepreneur. The contest is featured on Business Bulletin blog.

The contest will ask students to write about a new product or service that they have envisioned, who the customers would be, and why this product or service would be successful. Lots of great prizes! You can find out more information about the national event.

I'll leave you with this thought from Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter: "We need to show kids it's more fun to design and create a video game than it is to play one."

School boots 3 girls in 'Underpants'

Mister Cow Cow writes " Yahoo! News A high school principal has decreed that Captain Underpants has no place in an institution of learning. Three 17-year-old girls were told to leave Long Beach High School on Wednesday after they showed up on Superhero Day costumed as the subject of the best-selling children's books."

Assigned Books Often Are a Few Sizes Too Big

Mister Cow Cow writes "washingtonpost.com To be sure, pushing some students to challenge themselves is important, educators say. But there are points where kids read books before they can truly comprehend them and then lose the beauty of the work.
If adults liked to read books that were exceedingly difficult, they'd all be reading Proust.

Most don't.

So why, reading experts ask, do schools expect children to read — and love to read — when they are given material that is frequently too hard for them?"

Florida students read aloud together for record books

Florida students read aloud together for record books: Gov. Jeb Bush joined hundreds of thousands of Florida middle-school students Thursday to try to set a new world record for people reading aloud at the same time.

The library's niche in a wired world

Scott Canon Says The popularity of libraries is on the upswing, partly because they double as cybercafes. Circulation and foot traffic are climbing as the world of words has become more electronic.

Still, there is some disappointment at what has been misplaced in the digital age. "We need to seduce them to the world of books," said R. Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library.

Microsoft Creates High School of Future in Philly

Search Engines WEB writes "one of the most advanced high schools ever conceived. The School of the Future is the result of a unique collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia, Microsoft Corp. and the community of West Philadelphia .... The school is a state-of-the-art working example of this public-private partnership, featuring a progressive and research-based curriculum, integrated technology, and environmentally advanced architecture. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/sep0 6/09-06MSPhiladelphiaSOFPR.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/education/schooloffuture. mspx http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060907/tc_nm/life_sch ool_dc"

Students Suspended over Summer Reading Projects

Search Engines WEB writes "More than 500 students in Lancaster, Texas, had their summer vacations extended after failing to complete their summer reading assignment - only they weren't exactly on vacation: The school suspended them until they completed their assigned reading. Last year 1,100 students were sent home for failing to complete the summer reading project. ABC News Has More"

Teens Engage in Fishy Activities At the Library

Laurena Schultz said the same thing to all the latecomers: "Come in. Grab a dead fish."

Ms. Schultz, the teen services librarian at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library located in Pittsburgh PA, was leading a session of gyotaku, a Japanese method of printing using real fish, as part of the monthly teen activities series at the library last week. Post-Gazette has the story.

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