Submitted by Blake on October 19, 2009 - 7:17am
Ender sent over a link to Where To Start With Young Adult Science Fiction: Where's the best place to start your kids with reading Science Fiction? Here's a booklist of some of the best Sci-Fi for the discerning young adult, because it's never too early to teach them about the dangers of dystopian societies.
Submitted by Blake on October 8, 2009 - 10:05am
Teens get a voice in how Dakota County libraries can serve them
At a time when teen interest in the libraries is surging -- Dakota County saw its young adult circulation numbers rise 11 percent this year, even when excluding the new Robert Trail Library -- the county library system launched the Rosemount group and two others in August. The goal: to build even more interest among teens by giving them a voice in decisions about book selection, programming and even interior design.
Submitted by birdie on August 12, 2009 - 7:20am
Florida youth have not spent the entire summer at the seaside; in fact, many of them have been participating in summer reading programs!
From the Foster Folly News, an update on the Summer Reading Program at the Chipley Library. Childrens librarian Zedra Hawkins said 18 preschoolers, 114 elementary school students, 68 students from the middle schools, and 31 high school students participated in this year's summer reading program. More than 536 book reviews were entered for drawings for prizes.
Submitted by birdie on July 15, 2009 - 3:58pm
Anastasia posts on Y Pulse Blog: "At 37, apart from the sprinkling of parents accompanying their teens, I think we may have been the oldest people in the theater. My husband seemed proud that he stayed awake while the pierced, teen guy sitting next to him crashed midway through the movie. I would say the average age of the audience was 16-17 — "Harry Potter teens" — who have, like the stars of the films, grown up reading the books and watching the movies.
In a way I was jealous of these teens for having such a beloved series of books and being able to experience them on so many platforms — the movies, online fan communities and next year, the amusement park. Even though I read fantasy as a teen (A Wrinkle In Time, The Hobbit), there was no well-oiled multi-media/multi-platform machine in place to create a universe on the scale of Harry Potter.
Submitted by birdie on July 14, 2009 - 8:31am
The unfortunate incident reported by Leigh Reporter (Southern Lancashire UK).
Submitted by Pete on July 13, 2009 - 11:17am
Interesting story at <A HREF="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/teens_not_into_twitter_tv_radio_newspapers.php">Read Write Web</A> on teens and what they are into these days. Begs the question on how best to serve this demographic.
"Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old intern at analyst firm Morgan Stanley recently helped compile a report about teenage media habits.
Submitted by Jay on July 11, 2009 - 4:21pm
PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use
"In an effort to make its vast collection of digital educational resources available for in-class use, PBS has announced the launch of the PBS Digital Learning Library, a comprehensive source of digital video, still images, audio, games, and interactive simulations for teachers to use to augment their lessons. PBS made the announcement at last week's National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC."
Read the full article at:
Submitted by birdie on June 26, 2009 - 7:02am
It's summer, and time for...duct tape?
Duct tape, the go-to tool of fixer-uppers everywhere. Created in the 1940s to keep moisture out of ammunition cases, duct tape has spawned an almost cult-like following. From television to fashion to art, duct tape has leapt out of the tool box and into international pop culture.
The PennLive article continues: The Hummelstown (PA) Community Library will sponsor "Got Duct Tape?" at 6 p.m. July 28 for students ages 12 to 18. Participants can use duct tape to make such items as wallets, purses, belts and flip flops. Duct-tape belts? Ouch. "Duct tape comes in so many different colors and designs. There's neon and even camouflage," said Ellen Miller, youth services librarian.
"There are Web sites that only talk about the joy of duct tape. Some of the projects are pretty bizarre. We won't be passing those along."
What? Not sharing information? What are these websites of which they speak? Is this one? And does your library use duct tape in crafts? Tell us more...
Submitted by Pete on June 5, 2009 - 1:34pm
The <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8084931.stm">BBC Magazine</A> takes a look at the enduring popularity of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.
"Fans of the novel regard it as the defining work on what it is like to be a teenager. Holden is at various times disaffected, disgruntled, alienated, isolated, directionless, and sarcastic.
The book's publication in 1951 came at the dawn of the age of the teenager. A new social category, newly economically empowered and hungry for culture, was fed by music, films and novels."
Submitted by birdie on May 21, 2009 - 5:13pm
A media specialist and several high school students are suing two school districts in Tennessee for unconstitutionally blocking access to online information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues.
Librarian Karyn Stort-Brinks, students Keila Franks and Emily Logan, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Knox County Schools. Franks and Logan attend Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville. Knox News reports.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 29, 2009 - 1:34pm
ALA <a href="http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/april2009/olosgaminggrants.cfm">announced the winners</a> of the $5,000 gaming grants.
Submitted by birdie on April 28, 2009 - 8:33am
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.
Submitted by birdie on April 25, 2009 - 12:46pm
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.
Submitted by birdie on March 28, 2009 - 11:21am
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.
Submitted by Blake on March 20, 2009 - 10:29am
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...
Submitted by birdie on February 1, 2009 - 11:25am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 30, 2009 - 12:38am
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.
Submitted by birdie on January 13, 2009 - 7:36am
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.
Submitted by birdie on January 11, 2009 - 6:03pm
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.
Submitted by birdie on December 30, 2008 - 8:47am
"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.