Young Adults

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


Bringing Teens and Libraries Together

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.


Young Adult human sexuality collection

Sarah Jean writes \"Progressive Librarian
Issue number 17, Summer 2000

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.\" \"


Books That May Make Parents Blush

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,
\'Catcher-in-the-Rye\'-esque, troubled-teen-boy-and-girl
kind of fiction,\" as one publishing executive described it,
is mostly found on the Young Adult shelves of local


NEA Poll Shows Reading Matters to Teens

Even in our fast-paced digital age with its emphasis on technology and computer skills, young people still recognize that turning their attention to the printed page is vital to success in work and life [more...]


Cutting TV may make kids gentler

The Seattle Times is one place running This Story on a report that says cutting back on the time children spend watching television and playing video games may lead to a decrease in aggressive behavior.

In a somewhat related stat, Donna Marentette passed along this from Statistics Canada-
According to new figures from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian watched 21.6 hours of television a week in 1999, down one hour from the year before and the lowest average viewership in two decades.

During the same time, the number of households with at least one regular Internet user jumped from 36% to 42%.


Children \'should be freer to roam internet\'

The Gaurdian has a Story on the Institute of Public Policy Research, a UK thinktank, that says Children should take a \"surfing proficiency test\" at 11, that would allow them a freer ride on the information superhighway.

\"\"We want to stress that it is not a completely negative test - it would also be about making sure that children are aware of what they can find in positive terms,\" said Mr Tambini. \"For example, information that could help them with their schoolwork. At present, they are not learning this in their classes - school computers filter out too much information.\"


Librarians--Playing many roles

A Story from on the budget cuts approved by the Decatur school board last month that will reduce the number of librarians next year from 23 to three!
They say that\'s a savings of $389,000, quick, what\'s 389,000 divided by 20?
19,450, how\'s that for an average pay check?



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