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Study Reports Young Adults are 'Disconnected'

Yahoo News reports...

"Despite marked improvement in the lives of American children, a new study finds rising numbers of [disconnected young adults] those who have no job, are not in school and have not progressed beyond a high school diploma.

Over 3.8 million disconnected youth face a greater likelihood of bad outcomes, now and in the future, which hold severe implications for our society," said Douglas W. Nelson, president of the foundation, a private research and grant-making concern that focuses on children." Read More.


T-rated video games

nbruce writes ""Content analysis suggests a significant amount of violence, injury, and death in T-rated video games. Given the large amount of violence involving guns and knives, the relative lack of blood suggests that many T-rated video games do not realistically portray the consequences of violence. Physicians and parents should appreciate that T-rated video games may be a source of exposure to violence and some unexpected content for children and adolescents, and that the majority of T-rated video games provide incentives to the players to commit simulated acts of violence."

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All 3 authors are at Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston and Kids Risk Project, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts"


Library baits young readers with illustrated novels

Getting teenagers and young adults to read and use public libraries is a challenge the library in Ocean Springs [Mississipi] is addressing with a $5,000 development grant from the Mississippi Library Commission.
The Ocean Springs Municipal Library, a part of the regional system, will use a collection of "Visual Readers: Illustrated Novels for Today's Youth" to draw in younger readers, according to Rex Bridges, public relations director for the system.

"The grant is for one library branch to increase their collection of these readers but all branches in the system will have access to these books," Bridges said.
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Love of books sparked by curiosity

With fewer and fewer students reading literary works, calling them "dull and boring", a scholar of literature blamed the teachers for not making reading interesting.

Nasti M. Reksodipuro, a retired lecturer of the School of Literature at the University of Indonesia, pointed out that teachers should give a brief introduction about a certain book.

"Teachers only assign the students to read a book without giving an indication as to what makes the book interesting to read," she told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.

The Jakarta Post has the full story.


My so-called Blog - blogs for teenagers

InfoWhale writes "Teenagers, and others, are using their own blogs as basic ways to communicate with the rest of the world.

NY Times Has The Story"

A result of all this self-chronicling is that the private experience of adolescence -- a period traditionally marked by seizures of self-consciousness and personal confessions wrapped in layers and hidden in a sock drawer -- has been made public. Peer into an online journal, and you find the operatic texture of teenage life with its fits of romantic misery, quick-change moods and sardonic inside jokes.


Exposing Kids to Gay Themes in Library Books

Robin "In My Book" Blum spotted some Some Letters To The LATimes on "Exposing Kids to Gay Themes in Library Books."

"With all respect to the librarians of the world, theirs is not a job that demands much by way of physical courage. If they cannot find the intellectual strength to recognize narrow-minded bigots when they meet them, perhaps they should look for another line of work."


NYPL Branch Reaching Out to Teens

Here's a New York Times piece about the Donnell Branch of the New York Public Library, its "Teen Central" area and librarian, Sandra Payne, who is charged with making the library more teen-friendly. Most of the article focuses on Payne, her background, and her work as the acting coordinator of youth services. The article serves as a foil to all the recent high-visibility publicity about the (love-it-or-hate-it) Librarian Action Figure.


Town of Galt bans book from school

Elisabeth McKechnie writes "The City of Galt California recently took the book Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey off the required reading for the local middle school and made parental permission a requirement to borrow it from the school library. Shortly thereafter, the Sacramento Bee FEATURED the book and a review on its Teen Page, letting us all know what all the hoo-haw was about. i.e. Nothing a teenager doesn't already see on the evening news. The only thing they forgot to mention is that even though it's hard to get at the school library, the public library undoubtedly has a copy or two.

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Lord of the Rings essay contest to net school libraries cash

Here's a literary (by Hollywood standards) twist on the usual blockbuster movie tie-in:

Ramping up to the Dec. 17 release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema invites students at selected middle and high schools in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC to enter an essay contest on the theme of Gandalf's statement, "All you have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you."

A grand-prize winner from each city will receive a package of movie-related gear and a private screening, and New Line will award each city a $10,000 grant toward the purchase of books for public school libraries.

SciFi Wire has the details.


Teens Offer Thoughts On First Amendment

Susan Dillinger passed alont This Article

on the ``What
the First Amendment Means to Me'' essay contest sponsored by the New Port
Richey, FL, Public Library.

The contest was open to students in New Port Richey high schools.

Buotte and second-place winner Kyle Shinn, a ninth-grader, attend New Port
Richey Marine Institute. Stephanie Regan, an 11th-grader at Ridgewood High,
took third place.

``This contest was in honor of Banned Books Week and was designed to make
the students realize how important the First Amendment is to our country,''
said Tracey Sewell, the library's public/youth services librarian.



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