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Kids, Books, and Photos

Gather a kid or two, design some cover art, and take a photo.

Oh yes, and you'll want to create a small, but incredibly cool, optical illusion.

And you wind up with some fun and lively photographs reminding us how books can change and enhance the lives of children.

PC Gaming Alliance

If your library hosts gaming, you may want to follow along on the new Gaming Alliance that has been created. <a href=''>They don't be clear on what they plan to do yet</a> but it suggests that conversations are being had and might lead to collaboration and future communication.

Guitar Hero @ Your Library

Whether or not you agree with the ideas and concepts of video gaming in libraries, the facts are that video games provide a lure to get those oh-so-cool teenagers into the library.

Metro Detroit libraries currently offer a wide selection of games for an equally wide selection of systems. Besides the collection, they also schedule competitions using the popular games Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution.

"I think that pretty soon more people will be going to the library. It changed my whole opinion of it," said Phillip Lane, 18.

More from Freep.

Me, I wanna start a Rock Band competition, creating a librarian band called Borges' Paradise.

Teen charged in driveby shooting after suburban library patrons argue

From Minneapolis: A dispute among suburban library patrons escalated into a daylight drive-by shooting, and a Minneapolis teenager was jailed and charged in Hennepin County.

Vandals flood library, smear feces at CA elementary school

Yuck: An alarm system hasn't deterred vandals from twice breaking into Ridgeview Elementary School's library to ruin more than 1,400 books, smear feces, and damage computers, printers and other property.

Vandals first struck on New Year's Day, then again Saturday afternoon when they knocked books, computers and other items off shelves and flooded the library.

"We are working on drying out the library and trying to save as many books as we can," Librarian Shelley Dearmin said.

Novel way to increase library use

A mayor in Spain who pays children one Euro per hour to read at the local library in an attempt to keep them in school. <a href="">The CBC Says</a> Agustin Jimenez, Socialist mayor of the agricultural town of Noblejas in central Spain, is recommending the town's children be given a euro - the equivalent of $1.50 - for every hour they spend reading in the local library. The sweetener is part of a string of measures to be voted on by the Noblejas council in March.

How Kids Use Libraries: Today's USA Today "Snapshot"

Today's USA Today "Snapshot": Of the two thirds of youth 8 - 18 who have visited a public library or its website in the past year, most borrow items for personal use. The attached poll is "When was the last time you visited a public library or its website?" and "Within past year" is the current winner.

YA Librarians Honor Sci-Fi Writer, Stir Hornet's Nest

The Young Adult Library Services Association presented its annual Margaret A. Edwards Award to science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card last week, paying tribute to the ways in which his novel Ender's Game and its follow-up Ender's Shadow fulfill the Edwards Award mandate of "helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world." (No mention, sadly, of Speaker for the Dead, the immediate sequel to Ender's Game.) Card's selection kicked up some controversy, however, due to his extreme views on homosexuality. As School Library Journal, which co-sponsors the award, summarizes the debate, "If a well-known author writes and speaks about gays and lesbians in a way that many interpret to be anti-gay, should he be given an award that honors his outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens?"

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Anti-Gay Teen Writer, Orson Scott Card, Wins YALSA's Edwards Award

Teen author, Orson Scott Card, is the topic of much discussion as the Edwards honor bestowed by the ALA’s YALSA has brought to general attention Card’s views against tolerance for homosexuals.
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The "Google generation" not so hot at Googling, after all

The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee have released a report showing that "kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be." Story at Ars Technica.

Libraries allow children unrestricted video access

The Chicago Suburban News Just Discovered At the Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Public Libraries, children have the freedom to check out any book, magazine, CD or DVD on the shelves — regardless of whether it was intended for an adult audience.

“Generally, we’ve taken the position that kids and parents should work together on this — that’s the healthiest approach,” Scheetz said. “Sometimes what upsets a parent may seem innocuous to us, but may not fit into that family’s values.”

Things to Do With Your Wii That Don't Include Games

The following link shows how to create a digital whiteboard using a Wii Remote (Wii is not required): Why is the Nintendo Wii better then the PS3 and Xbox 360? Quite simply, it's not just for games. <a href="">The video below shows you</a> how you can use a Wii remote (no Wii required) and turn your laptop into a digital whiteboard! This would be a perfect low cost solution to libraries and schools offering computer workshops.

‘Google Generation’ is a myth, says new research

Gary Price Points Out This report shows the many roles the info professional can and needs to play in an age when many think all answers are only one-click away. Btw, Google is a name grabber but this paper is more about online and web info in general.

Creating a Lego legacy @ Your library

Students from around the county added a stop to the Saranac and Clarksville libraries to their Christmas break plans Thursday to build Lego creations.
“It's pretty cool,” said 8-year-old Jacob Rowley.
The libraries provided all the necessary Legos for each child to build whatever they wished and provided movie rentals to those participating.

Gen y in the library

All the talk about how libraries are losing the younger generation is apparently just A survey done by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the biggest group is actually Generation Y, the 18-30 year olds. While they may no longer be using the library for what we would call "traditional" reasons, they are using the library.

Throw the books at 'em

Kids, don't count on Abbie Hoffman's classic "Steal This Book," with its detailed instructions on how to break out of jail, to be on the new library shelves at the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center.
But there are many useful offerings in the collection of more than 600 books donated this week by the Friends of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center to help create the facility's first reading rooms.

Appeal keeps book out of FL school library

After much debate, a committee at Brookwood High decided that the book "Sandpiper" by Ellen Wittinger should be put back on the school's library shelves, but that decision is on hold because it is being appealed to the Tuscaloosa County school board.

Who says teens don't read?

A Disturbing New Trend! Despite the Internet, video games and technological pastimes, teens are still reading. In fact, from 1999 to 2005, teen book sales increased 23 percent, said Albert Greco, a Fordham University marketing professor and publishing expert.

The average Barnes & Noble Booksellers, he said, has 74 shelves dedicated to young adult literature. Religion, meanwhile, averages 110 shelves.

"It's growing and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future," he said.

Manga Club Has a Rockin'Time at Library

Isn't it great to be a kid? At the Waukee Public Library, Iowa, teenage members of the Manga Club get the chance to "act crazy"...and they love it.

From The Des Moines Register, "Welcome to Manga Club, a group of students who meet each month at the Waukee Public Library to discuss graphic novels and movies, drink pop and above all, act goofy."


Would That Every Week Were Teen Read Week

It's just one week though, October 14-21, but hopefully it will pack a punch that stays all year. YALSA has planned the week with a LOL theme.

Here's what a few libraries will be doing to entice teens to pick up a good book, audio, or video:

Freeport, FL,Joliet, IL, Tulsa, OK, Charlotte, NC, Winchester, VA, Round Rock, TX , Chattanooga, TN and more. Activities include talent shows, bake-offs, scavenger hunts, anime contests, movies, etc. What's your library doing?



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