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Award for the library that lent support to a plague of drunken youngsters

I believe this is the first story I've posted that contained information on "plagues of drunken youngsters." Sighthill Library (in Scotland) has one of four top prizes in the Scottish Executive's Standing Up To Antisocial Behaviour scheme.
Two years ago, the library was plagued by a host of problems, including gang fights, under-age drinking and vandalism, both inside and outside the building.

The library staff were nominated for the award by the police after lifting a ban on youngsters involved in the trouble and instead urging them to use the library's computers and other facilities.


'X-rated' book to educate Islamic students in Singapore

New India Press reports Students pursuing Islamic religious education at mosques and private centres in Singapore will now receive sex education through a textbook with the words "X-rated" on its cover.

The book will be introduced in November, Singapore's largest Muslim body confirmed on Monday. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore is putting out the book focusing on sexuality and emotions for Muslim teenagers as part of a bid to jazz up religious instruction.


Racy reads becoming popular among teens

The Sioux City Journal reports on those darn kids today, and all that trash they're reading. Gone are the days of "Nancy Drew," "Sweet Valley High" and the "Babysitters Club." Provocative teen novels are flying off the shelves and into the book bags of teen and tween girls, the biggest consumers of the publishing industry's fastest-growing segment.

Most books for kids ages 12 and up sell fewer than 20,000 copies, but some controversial teen fiction titles have sold more than a million copies.


Afternoon Adventures With Dungeons & Dragons FAQ

The Afternoon Adventure with DUNGEONS & DRAGONS program will include everything librarians need to start regular gaming programs in their library with the original pen-and-paper roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D for short). Players assume the persona of fantasy characters and pursue magical adventures, confronting and solving problems using strategic thinking and teamwork. For three decades, D&D has appealed to an ever-increasing population of fans for its use of imagination and storytelling over competition. This free program will include a Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game (a $24.99 value), instructions for starting a D&D group in the library, a guide to using D&D as an introduction to library use, recommended reading lists, and other practical resources.


Schools Destroy the Joy of Reading

Anonymous Patron wrote in with a USA Today editorial against bad textbooks.

There's some good points about state-approved texts and bland readings, plus some speculation about the health risks of carrying heavy books.

But is attempting a classical education really to blame for illiteracy? Isn't that like blaming vegetables for obesity?
Perhaps something more in-tune with the current tone of political discourse, say like the L.A. Math Test, would be a better approach? Or does Dewey have the answer?


Teen attractions in the library

JET writes " 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."


In Loco Parentis, Library Teaches Good Manners

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.


Kirk-Bear Canyon (AZ) Library Opens With New Teen Area

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 : Getting Kids to Read

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.


You're Reading....What?

Steven M. Cohen writes "From WSJ:

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.""



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