Young Adults

Kew loses over 800 years of history

The Telegraph Reports More than 1,600 historical records, some of which date back to the 12th century, have gone missing from the National Archives in Kew.

Details obtained by The Telegraph under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 1,672 original documents have disappeared. The papers, which span more than 800 years of British history, include 21 records from the private offices of various prime ministers and 24 Cabinet Office documents.

Schools told: don't make pupils read same books year after year

Julie Henry, Education Correspondent for The Telegraph Reports Secondary schools are to be given new Government guidelines to improve children's reading in response to evidence that pupils are reading the same books in different years.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has expressed concern that the range of texts taught in schools is too narrow. The same novels are now being taught to pupils as they progress through schools, according to the watchdog.

Teen Literacy

Colleen Mills Williams writes "U.S. News & World Report has an article on teen literacy written by Anne McGrath. On the contents page, the tagline begins "EDUCATION: Attention, teens, this is a book..."

Willard Brown teaches chemistry at Skyline High in Oakland, Calif. But what he really hopes his students master on their way to learning science is a skill most people, the teenagers included, assume they nailed long ago: the ability to read. Too often, he says, students have an incomplete notion of what reading actually means. "They think, 'My eyes passed over the page, and I pronounced all the words.' They don't notice that they really didn't get it."

Library gives teens what they want

Anonymous Patron writes "I know what you'te thinking, an article entitled "Library gives teens what they want" must surely be all about pornography, beer and video games. No such luck here. The Palm Springs, California, Public Library is reaching out to teens in a not so unusual way - it's giving them a room of their own."It's just a room done by kids for kids," Anna Hammond said as she described the new teen center that will open at the library Wednesday afternoon.

Roberts was shocked to learn from surveys that many teens didn't feel welcome in the library, she said. Some avoided the children's room, where the young adult books were housed, while others shied away from the computer stations and the impatient glances from adults."

New Princeton (NJ) Library A Welcoming Home For Teens

When the new Princeton Public Library opened last April, it included a much improved space for young adult patrons--they were previously squeezed in with younger children. The teens, whose high school is nearby, are enjoying it fully.

Kids are doing homework, studying together, playing scrabble, or leafing through fashion many as 30 or more teens spend a part of their afternoon at the library each day. Many have taken leadership roles at the library by joining the Teen Advisory Board and working on special programs for their peers, such as music and poetry readings on Friday nights and a film series showcasing movies created by Princeton teens, said Susan Conlon, teen services librarian.

The library staff has put in place a specific procedure to deal with misbehavior. If someone repeatedly misbehaves or a more serious incident occurs, he or she is asked to leave the library and may not return without a parent or a guardian; here's the story from zwire.

Boston-area Libraries Pay Attention to Teen Users

Good piece about YA librarianship at its best from the Boston Globe. Vicki Solomon, YA librarian at Cambridge (MA) Public Library wanted to better serve her patrons,

So she put together a 16-member board of junior and high school students, as well as one very ''well-read" sixth-grader.

Their mandate was to recommend books, CDs, and DVDs that the library should acquire, invite guest authors, and start other activities that could make the library a teen hub.

'The library is a great place to socialize," said Sonia Booth, 17, a member of the board. Booth has been involved in library groups since she was young. 'It is a great way to spend my time because it is such a great atmosphere.'

Violent Video Game Restrictions for Illinois Teens?

litchick writes "If Illinois Gov. Blagojevich has his way, a misdemeanor could be in store for those who rent or sell a violent and/or sexual "M" rated video game to a minor. This ChannelOne article sums it up, but nobody's talking about what, say, a public library should do if they have a circulating video game collection. And are the backers really in tune with this movement?: "'We need to stop children from seeing the violence and getting their hands on anything they want to,' Mark Brummer said after buying football and hunting video games for his 7-year-old son at a Champaign mall.""

Woman shares love of books with youth in detention centers

Anonymous Patron writes "The Palm Beach Post has: Woman shares love of books with youth in detention centers on Kimberly Hale, who founded Gateways Inc. — a Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization that provides books to juveniles in prison."

Books with Positive Portrayals of Aging/Older Characters

Anonymous Patron writes "A Neat List (.pdf file) that says it's an authoritative, annotated, widely disseminated reading list for children,
describing books portraying aging and older adults in a positive light. Numerous studies have found that while American children have a
positive view of old older adults in their own family, they have a negative world
view of aging."

A Brief History of Lesbian Fiction for Young Adults

Here from Proud Parenting GLBT Youth, comes a history of literature with lesbian themes for young adults. Publishers of the earliest title mentioned, "Spring Fire" (circa 1951) told author M.E. Kerr that the book could not have a happy ending otherwise the postal service would not allow it to be sent through the mail.

A recent title is "Keeping You a Secret" by Julie Anne Peters, who commented “A wide disparity of attitudes exists at the school library level. I’ve had a librarian tell me, ‘I’d never put your book in my library [a Colorado high school library] because no kid would be caught dead carrying a book like that around.’" But, she maintains, "there are growing numbers of teachers and librarians who are vocal advocates for serving the needs of LGBTQI youth, and their passion is contagious."

For the acronym-challenged, here's a definition of LGBTQI from this website; it means "a common abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersexed community."

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