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Ten libraries receive gaming and literacy grants

ALA announced the winners of the $5,000 gaming grants. Drumroll please....

Santa Cruz Library Concerned About Kids Being Downtown

SANTA CRUZ -- As library leaders consider shifting their young adult collection from a small Westside branch to downtown's flagship to help close a $1 million deficit, patrons are wondering if downtown is the safest place for kids and families to hang out.

"Last week I had to go downtown and my bike seat was stolen," said Laura Young-Hinck, 38, who spends Monday afternoons at the Westside's Garfield Park Library with her daughter Ruby, 3, and their Chihuahua, Amelia. At Garfield Park, "it feels a lot safer than the downtown library," Young-Hinck said.

On May 11, members of the city-county library system's Joint Powers Board will consider whether to move Garfield Park's extensive young adult collection to the Central Branch on Church Street as part of a larger effort to save $1 million in the system's $12 million budget. The genealogy collection, which is downtown and staffed by volunteers, would move to Garfield Park.

Bronx Middle School Teacher (Didn't) Plant a Bomb at the Library, but Said He Did

A Bronx educational building that houses three public middle schools with about 1,200 students was evacuated by the authorities around 8:30 a.m. Friday after a disgruntled computer teacher claimed to have planted a bomb in the library — a claim that officials said turned out to be false.

The Police Department dispatched officers, hostage negotiators and bomb squad technicians to the scene, after the teacher, Francisco Garabitos, 55, evidently angry about being reassigned because of a disciplinary proceeding, made the threat, the authorities said. The teacher, a union chapter chairman at the school, barricaded himself inside a computer lab, but he surrendered to the authorities around 11:15 a.m.

Iowa Students Pass On the Love of Reading

First-graders at Riverside (IA) Elementary are getting a little help in developing a love for reading.

The industrial manufacturing class at Highland High, along with sixth-graders at Highland Middle School, donated bookshelves and books they each made in class to the 37 first-graders. They presented the gifts at an assembly at the school Friday morning.

Each of the first-grade students received their own small bookshelf made by the high school students and a book written and published by the sixth-graders to take home. Great idea, story from the Iowa Press Citizen.

Mormon writers an emerging force in young adult literature

Mormon writers, many of them young women, who are surging into the genre of young adult literature, finding a happy marriage between the expectations of their religion and the desires of a burgeoning publishing niche.

The most famous among them, of course, is Stephenie Meyer, a practicing Mormon from Arizona whose Twilight series, about a teenage girl who has a no-sex-before-marriage relationship with a dreamy adolescent vampire...

She So Loved the Library She Left It Her Inheritance

The Baltimore Sun reports that Enoch Pratt Free Library officials happily discovered the esteem one of their retirees held for the place.

At her death, Sara (Bunny) Siebert directed that more than $650,000 of her assets go to the library, a figure that exceeds the total of all the paychecks she took home in her 34 years as Pratt's director of young adult reading. She died at age 88 last year.

Siebert, an energetic and popular librarian who sought no attention as a donor during her life, left an estate of more than $2 million.

Having no survivors, she divided her assets among the Baltimore institutions she admired including the Pratt Library and her alma mater, Goucher College.

Youth Librarians Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz

Since the first publicly-funded library opened in the USA in 1833, many generations of children have been inspired and nurtured by local librarians - none more so than the two generations of children in Old Greenwich, Connecticut who have had the privilege to be members of the Young Critics' Club at Perrot Memorial Library.

Full discussion at BookBrowse. Entry contains a link to an interview with Kate McClelland.

Alexie Book Still Spended from Crook Cty Classrooms But Available in the Library

Sherman Alexie's “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is still under suspension by the Crook County (OR) School Libraries. A parent of a 14-year old objected to a description of masturbation in the award-winning YA book (like 14 year-olds don't already know?)

About 60 people turned out Monday night to the Crook County School Board meeting and about 15 testified about the book. The board then voted 4-1 to continue the temporary suspension, while making the book available to students in the library. School Board Chairman Jeff Landaker was the lone vote against the motion to suspend and wait for further review.

“The reason I voted no is because this issue has already taken one month’s time,” Landaker said. “And it’s at a time when, in my opinion, we have more critical issues facing us. We have a financial situation where we’ve had to cut 10 days off the school year and are facing a million-dollar budget shortfall next year. Now, it’s going to take two month’s time to address this, and I think we need to move on.”

Report from the Bend Bulletin.

Salinas Turning To Libraries to Prevent Gang Violence

SALINAS, Calif. -- With one shooting already in the books for the New Year, the city of Salinas is now turning to libraries in hopes of curbing gang violence.

For more than a year, library director Elizabeth Martinez has led the literacy campaign, which has already handed out 30,000 library cards. "We are astonished by the response of the community, people who want help for their families,” Martinez said. In fact, 65,000 Salinas residents own a library card, which is 45 percent of the population – twice the national average.

Mayor Donohue of Salinas is pushing a literacy campaign that would make the city the first in the country to require every student to have a library card.

“The libraries are really one of our best weapons on the prevention side to make sure we get as many young people out to the right start in life," Donohue said.

Teen Librarian Goes the Distance for Young Adult Readers

"It was crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside," she said. "They take the stinger out, because they're poisonous."

What's that? A scorpion, encased in a lolipop, gladly eaten by Aubri Keleman, teen services and web coordinator for the Whatcom (WA) County Library System.

What led to the downing of the crunchy/chewy scorpion? Read all about it in the Bellingham Herald.


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