Young Adults


Geek Pride at Comic-Con

Consider yourself a geek? You'd be in good company at San Diego's thirty-ninth annual Comic-Con(vention), which opened yesterday. It started as a comic book conference way back when, but has since expanded into a multitude of entertainment formats.

Reports from Reuters, E Online, NYTimes, Empire OnLine, Publishers Weekly, AP, various live-bloggers and more.

Giving Away Used Books To a Good Home

David Mazor started his "Reader to Reader" program by trying to determine which town in which state was the poorest; then he called up the school librarian there and offered free books. This was eight years ago, and according to the Christian Science Monitor, the program based on the campus of Amherst College is still going strong and benefiting thousands of students across the U.S.

Keep Up With Technology, Keep Up With Teens

Since 2002, there has been a 15 percent increase in circulation and a 40 percent increase in visits, so reports the Conshocton Tribune(Central Ohio).

Young adult librarian RoseMary Honnold explains: "That grew out of a meeting I had with a tech club that I specifically put together to see what teens would be interested in. They asked for free Internet time and we talked about gaming. We acquired funds from various sources and add equipment as we go." Currently the library has a Nintendo Wii, a Playstation 2, the game Rock Band for the PS2, ten laptops and laptop games. Games can be projected on a movie screen through the use of a projector.

"I just come down to have fun. I check my MySpace, I play Rock Band, I hang out with my friends," said Justine Givens, 16. "It's a great place for teens to hang out."


Public libraries allow minors to check out R-rated movies

From ABC15 (KNXV-TV) in Phoenix, AZ: <a href="">Public libraries allow minors to check out R-rated movies</a>: <blockquote>R-rated movies with sex, nudity, and graphic violence are available for check-out at public libraries across the Valley, and the ABC15 Investigators found teenagers can get movies there they can't at the video store . . .

Six Astounding Young Adult Novels of the Pre-Potter Era lists exactly what the title above says, <A HREF="">Six Astounding Young Adult Novels of the Pre-Potter Era.</A> "The success of Harry Potter has established that the young adult market in fiction can be insanely lucrative, as have other successful scifi series like Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and Scott Westerfield's Uglies series.

OC Register Investigates if Games Are Good for Libraries

The Orange County Register ran a n article about a Anaheim Branch library that is incorporating games into it's teen programming. <a href="">Read the story here</a>: From one of the comments "Libraries are community centers now, not mausoleums. In this neighborhood, these kids need a place to go."

Deadline May 31: Free tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at ALA Annual

There is still time to send in your application for free tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at ALA Annual: Deadline is May 31, 2008. Apply now!


Thanks to the generous support of Marshall Cavendish, NMRT is able to offer three tickets to the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet at the ALA 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. Tickets are $89 each, which would be out of the financial reach of most NMRT members if it weren't for the generosity of Marshall Cavendish.

Any NMRT member who is not currently serving on the Marshall Cavendish Award Committee may enter. Just write a short essay (around 250 words) telling us why you want to attend the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet and how you feel you would benefit. For more information about Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder honorees, go to


Newbery-Caldecott Awards Banquet, Sunday, June 29, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us for this gala evening to celebrate the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honorees, authors and illustrators of the year’s most distinguished books for children. Cocktails (cash bar) available prior to dinner; doors open at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $89 and will be available at the Online Registration Counter until the event is sold out, or noon Friday, whichever occurs first. No tickets will be available at the door.


Mom appalled at racy books in store for teens at mall

Another day, Another Offended Mom, only this time it's not us being offensive, it's a store, Urban Outfitters. Mommy was surprised to find sexually charged books that she believes have no place in a clothing store for teens and young adults.

On one end of the spectrum was "Porn for Women" a photo book showing men doing housework. On the other was "Pornogami: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults" a guide for making anatomically correct artwork.

"When I saw it, I was shocked," mama said.

Messaging shorthand seeps into formal usage

OMG! WTH r kidz riting 2day?

Are you finding students utilizing text-message shorthand to express themselves in classwork and other communications? It's a trend so it seems.

While students are more likely to forgo text-messaging slang and acronyms in school assignments, they often will forget to maintain a level of academic formality when communicating with their teachers via e-mail, dropping punctuation and using acronyms.

“You’d think they would think ‘Oh, I’m writing my English teacher,’ but they use acronyms and forget punctuation and capitalization,” but that's not the case. Many teachers will forgive the informality in e-mails, because it’s a practice they themselves have grown accustomed to.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington recently expressed concern about what he called the “slow destruction of the basic unit of human thought, the sentence.” Mr. Billington said he fears the disjointed prose of text messaging and chat-room discourse has damaged young Americans’ ability to write clearly. Chattanooga Free Times has the scoop.

Library of Congress Opens Main Reading Room to Researchers Age 16 and Older

Sweet sixteen and never been to the Library of Congress? Now you can enter the Main Reading Room as a researcher--L.O.C. has changed its policy to allow 16 and 17 year olds.

From the press release:

"The Library of Congress is always looking for ways to create new lifelong learners, to expand access to knowledge and to spark the creativity of future generations," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

"We want people of all ages to be aware of the almost limitless resources that are available in libraries, including their de facto national library, especially at a time when the amount of information online still represents only a tiny fraction of the sum total of human knowledge."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 8 million 16- and 17-year-olds living in the United States.

Iowa Senate Votes down Proposal on Libraries and R-rated movies

From <b><a href="">Radio Iowa News</a></b>: "The Iowa Senate Wednesday voted down a proposal to require libraries which get state funds to restrict loaning R-rated movies to kids under 18-years old. Brad Zahn, a Republican from Urbandale, offered the amendment to an education appropriations bill. . . . The proposed ban was defeated by a vote of 31 to 17."

Writing, Technology and Teens

From a new report from The Pew & The Internet American Life Project: Writing, Technology and Teens: Teens write a lot, but they do not think of their emails, instant and text messages as writing. This disconnect matters because teens believe good writing is an essential skill for success and that more writing instruction at school would help them.

Game Playing @ Your Library

Whether it's Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution, the kid are having a blast at the Penfield Public Library (near Rochester NY).

Are the games 'educational'? Jennie Schaff, assistant professor of education technology in Nazareth College’s school of education, said the games could be super beneficial in getting kids into the library. Guitar Hero requires users to click on colored keys to hit the correct note, which could be educational for some.

Wiis are also being used with senior citizens for maintaining motor control and having fun. They can bowl, play tennis and do other sports, indoors.

It’s not just about playing the games, said 12-year-old Aaron Bonham. “It gets you out of the house and you get to socialize and meet new people,” he said. And, after the kids play, Grills said many of them head over to the teen section to scope out what’s on the shelves. Story from MPN Now.


Get Those Kids Outta My Library!

From across the pond comes this opinion piece from one Helen Martin, probably one of the stuffiest people I've ever read. Her problem is, at heart, a simple one. Apparently, they're letting kids come to the library. I mean, what next? Story time?

It seems to me quite unjust that well-behaved, adult library users who have already been subjected to the odious behaviour of little neds ruining their literary oasis, should now have to witness whole swathes of their library being handed over to the very people who should have been banned. "Oooh! You can't ban them!" squeal the do-gooders. "We need to engage them and turn their energies to productive use."

I'm guessing she probably isn't very pro library technology either:

In this new-style library, teenagers can chill out, play computer games, learn to make movies and relax in their own dedicated area. Naturally I have no objection to any of that, except that it should take place somewhere else – perhaps a community centre or a youth club.

Stephen King On Violence and Video Games

If there's anyone who knows anything about fictional violence, monsters ripping into young children, and vehicles mowing down anything in their way, it's Stephen King. This man wrote some of the classic horror novels of our time and has been in publication for almost forty years. So you just know he's going to have an interesting take on the whole concept of video games and the violence they supposedly cause.

Kotaku has the quick breakdown with the full story appearing on Entertainment Weekly.

Safer Children in a Digital World: the report of the Byron Review

On 6th September 2007, the Prime Minister asked Dr. Tanya Byron to conduct an independent review looking at the risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games. Her Review is about the needs of children and young people. It is about preserving their right to take the risks that form an inherent part of their development by enabling them to play video games and surf the net in a safe and informed way.

By listening to children and young people and putting them at the heart of this Review - and by replacing emotion with evidence - she hopes she has provided some very necessary focus to what is a very necessary debate. PDF versions of the Full Report, Annexes and supporting documentation are available.

Librarians on the streets to find common ground with book lovers

Striking Librarians in Victoria BC are spending a few hours this week and more next week walking the downtown streets, talking books to people. "We don't stop caring about literacy in Victoria because we can't be doing the jobs we love," Andersen said yesterday, as she walked downtown, asking people what they've been reading.

Our Public Libraries Are Being Turned Into Video Arcades

Dave Gibson Complains Our Public Libraries Are Being Turned Into Video Arcades.

Generations of Americans who valued education and insisted that their children understand not only the importance but the enjoyment of the written word, have given way to barely functioning illiterates who spend hour after hour trying to get to the next level of Guitar Hero. We are headed back to a time in this country when only the rich could read and write with any proficiency, and apparently our public libraries are now on board with that disastrous goal.

Choose Your Own Adventure Map

RIP Gary Gygax

Sad news for the world of geekdom as Gary Gygax passed away today at the age of 69.

For those unfamiliar with the name, you're surely familiar with his creation: Dungeons & Dragons. D&D, originally only a role playing game, spawned enough books, both fiction and non-fiction, to fill their own library.

Salon has a decent story about this gentle man and Wil Wheaton posts about an experience very typical of those of us who were, and still are, into the D&D scene.


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