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Despite exceeding \"national norms,\" the DesMoinesRegister.com reports that
of [Iowa] school seniors read poorly.\" The newspaper\'s
analysis of data collected by the state on student achievement also concluded
The article notes a \"connection between dropout rates and reading skills,\"
and explains that in reponse to student\'s low test scores, high school
teachers in Des Moines \"attended classes on how to incorporate reading
instruction into their teaching.\"
A 13-year-old Ozark, Missouri youth has written a letter to the editor of his local paper about censorship.
\"I am just fed up with this \"Potter\" controversy. While I strongly disagree with forbidding children from reading them, I have to agree that parents have the right to tell their child not to read them.\" -- Read More
A Fun Little Story to remind all you kids out there not to cheat.
\"Teachers can tell the difference between what a child can create himself and what is written in an encyclopedia,\" Brown said. \"The teacher won\'t be fooled. That\'s the bottom line.\"
Whether or not the teacher can do anything about it is another story, I guess.
In case your library is looking for some Christmas decorating
ideas, how about a Book Tree? This one
was built by the Teen Advisory Board at the Coshocton Public
Library and entered in the community\'s Festival of Trees.
Here\'s how to build
book tree of your own.
Lee Hadden writes: \" An article in the Wall Street Journal, Nov. 9, 2001, pages W1 and W4, is
about the amazing increase in book reading and buying among the under-25
crowd. After the flop of the Internet hype, book-reading is becoming a cool
thing for the younger set. Show your \"cool\" by supporting your \"inner
bookworm.\" Also, some books are used as an accessory to clothing- as a
fashion statement. Read more about it in the article by Pooja Bhatia, \"Look
Who\'s Reading Now: Under-25 Crowd is Purchasing Books in Record Numbers;
Faulkner as a Fashion Statement\".\"
The fine folks at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County have set up Storyplace.org, a very cool site devoted to story time at the library.
StoryPlace, an interactive web site, came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers. In the summer of 1999, a team of Children\'s Librarians and Specialists got together with in-house web developers to begin development on this exciting site. In the Spring of 2000, StoryPlace premiered with it\'s first section, the Pre-School Library, completed.
StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and Elementary Library with new activities and themes being added each month
A youth services librarian dedicates himself to bringing teens and books together through special programs at public libraries. Some of the programs are unique and seem to create quite an attraction.[more...] from The Reno-Gazette Journal.
The mystery and the act: towards a YA human sexuality collection by Teri Weesner
\"Young people viewing internet porn have an information need that can be addressed by youth services librarians and library collections. To ignore this information need is just as inaccurate and inappropriate as young people gleaning their information from internet pornography and cybersex chat.\" \"
Washinton Post has a Story on books aimed
at young adults. The books are testing limits and
pushing envelopes by using \"salty\" language, and
mature themes. They say it\'s the librarians who define,
and drive, the quality of teen literature in America.
\"...his \"edgy teen, sex-drugs-rock-and-roll,
kind of fiction,\" as one publishing executive described it,
is mostly found on the Young Adult shelves of local