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Jury: Anarchy club OK

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Court TV will be broadcasting a story on this landmark case in WV. Local Charleston, WV teenager Katie Sierra won her battle to start an Anarchy Club at her local high school this fall, and won $1. Unfortunately, she lost her T-shirt battle.

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Bookstores Target Teen Readers

Charles Davis points to This Washington Post Story that talks about teenagers as the demographic that almost everyone in the book industry -- librarians, publishers, booksellers -- wants, and as the number of
teenagers in the population has risen, so has teen buying power for all
kinds of items, including books.


Inviting Teens to \'Chill-Out\' at the Library

In order to convince teens that libraries are cool, the Norfolk Public Library has created special \"Chill-Out Zones\" which include sofas, stereos and Playstation game consoles. Read More.


Kid Pelted With Jelly As Punishment for Refusing to Read

A Missouri eighth grader recently received some unusual punishment for refusing a reading assignment. His classmates threw jelly on him. He thought it was fun, and said he didn\'t feel degraded. His family had no problem with the punishment. The event has some others squawking, including a psychologist and some school board members. I can see the ad headline now: \"Kids misbehaving? How about a good ol\' fashioned jelly flogging?\" Read More.

Topic: reports: \"25% of [Iowa] school seniors read poorly.\"

Despite exceeding \"national norms,\" the reports that
of [Iowa] school seniors read poorly.
\"  The newspaper\'s
analysis of data collected by the state on student achievement also concluded

  • 32% of Iowa\'s fourth-graders \"were struggling readers.\"
  • 32% of Iowa\'s eighth-graders \"were below their grade level.\"
  • 30-38% of 11th-graders \"from Iowa\'s largest districts - Des Moines, Davenport,
    Sioux City, Dubuque, Waterloo and Council Bluffs.... struggled with reading.\"

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.\"

-Hermit :-|


Banning Books Infringes upon My Rights, says 13-year-old

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.\"


Living With The cut and paste generation

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.


Deck the Halls with Books!

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
and entered in the community\'s Festival of Trees.
Here\'s how to build
book tree of your own


Look Who\'s Reading

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, 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



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