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JET writes "http://www.ireadpages.com/current/overdue.htmLibraries have long been a haven for children and adults. But what about teens? As libraries work harder and harder to attract patrons, this often overlooked group is getting some newfound attention."
From the Cincinnati Enquirer : a story about Kenton County (KY) Public Library's 'courtly manners program', held last Monday evening, giving 34 teens and pre-teens practice in saying "please" and "may I be excused?" during a free five-course dinner at the Madison Banquet Center.
Sara Howery, youth librarian and middle school coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library, said the world would be a more pleasant place if everyone had a refresher course in etiquette now and then.
Of course, some participants were just hoping that they behaved well enough to get dessert.
The Tucson Citizen tells us:
When the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library reopens next week, it will have a different look and what managing librarian Daphne Daly hopes is a new feel.
"We wanted to go from a place where you would go and pick up your books and leave to a destination where you would go and spend some time," Daly said. A new area for teenagers to do homework, surf the Internet and read books has been added.
"The seating is such that it looks like a little cafe," Daly said. The $1 million expansion added 5,000 square feet to the branch and transformed its storefront location into a multilevel facility with sweeping architectural features, colorful carpet and vibrantly painted walls.
NPR has Getting Kids to Read. All the vacation book lists and reading games in the world aren't enough to get some kids to pick up a book over the summer. Children's authors keep trying new tactics to entice young readers -- but is it working? We look at the whys and hows of getting kids to read.
They also have Summer Reading Picks from Local Bookshops.
Hilary Armstrong was happy to see her 12-year-old daughter Katherine reading at the kitchen table one afternoon -- until, that is, she glanced at the back of the book jacket. "I was mortified," says Mrs. Armstrong. The book, which her daughter got from a friend, had a blurb on the back that read, "After all, no one really wants to go to college a virgin.""
gsandler writes "Here is a provocative essay at Slate
on contemporary Young Adult fiction. "The real trouble with such issues-oriented contemporary fiction is that it encourages what you might call (in Jeanne Kirkpatrick style) literary equivalence: The genre, as teachers have discovered with the help of accompanying guides, lends itself to trendy and tidy didacticism. And so the books can end up as assigned reading for older kids precisely when these students deserve to be discovering the difference between real literature and the melodramatic fictional equivalent of an Afterschool Special."
GregS* writes "When the ultimate curmudgeon gives a postive outlook to pop culture notice should be taken. John Derbyshire reviews Everything Bad Is Good For You and discusses why we have an culture that is "intellectually demanding".
Rochelle adds this NPR interview with the book's author.
Anonymous Patron writes "The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Registration MAY be required) carried the story In chick lit, girls rule, a piece which relates the explosive popularity of books for teen girls:
"Since the late 1990s, teen chick lit -- think Bridget Jones in high school -- has been gaining popularity, reaping profits for publishers and booksellers, prompting established adult authors to target younger audiences and giving teens and tweens (9- to 12-year-old girls) their own heroines.
"Chick lit "is still growing each year by double digits," said Joe Monti, national young-adult buyer for Barnes & Noble. "I can't see a ceiling yet, and I can't even gauge when that ceiling will be hit."
Blake writes "Here's A New Pew Internet & American Life Project Report that says More than half of American families with teenagers use filters to limit access to potentially harmful content online. But both teens and parents believe that teens do things on the internet that their parents would not approve of."
What are kids reading these days? Many are reading manga, the Japanese graphic novels that can offer extreme sexist stereotypes and gratuitous situations, atypical if what you're used to is the American version of comic book heroes and villains.
At Deering High School in Portland ME, the manga collection is so popular that it needs to be kept under lock and key to prevent theft. This story from the Portland Press Herald tells how many middle and high school students find the novels both fascinating and off-putting; parents, librarians and comic-book store owners weigh as well on this popular genre.