Young Adults


School boots 3 girls in 'Underpants'

Mister Cow Cow writes " Yahoo! News A high school principal has decreed that Captain Underpants has no place in an institution of learning. Three 17-year-old girls were told to leave Long Beach High School on Wednesday after they showed up on Superhero Day costumed as the subject of the best-selling children's books."

Assigned Books Often Are a Few Sizes Too Big

Mister Cow Cow writes " To be sure, pushing some students to challenge themselves is important, educators say. But there are points where kids read books before they can truly comprehend them and then lose the beauty of the work.
If adults liked to read books that were exceedingly difficult, they'd all be reading Proust.

Most don't.

So why, reading experts ask, do schools expect children to read — and love to read — when they are given material that is frequently too hard for them?"


Florida students read aloud together for record books

Florida students read aloud together for record books: Gov. Jeb Bush joined hundreds of thousands of Florida middle-school students Thursday to try to set a new world record for people reading aloud at the same time.

The library's niche in a wired world

Scott Canon Says The popularity of libraries is on the upswing, partly because they double as cybercafes. Circulation and foot traffic are climbing as the world of words has become more electronic.

Still, there is some disappointment at what has been misplaced in the digital age.

"We need to seduce them to the world of books," said R. Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the Kansas City Public Library.

Microsoft Creates High School of Future in Philly

Search Engines WEB writes "one of the most advanced high schools ever conceived. The School of the Future is the result of a unique collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia, Microsoft Corp. and the community of West Philadelphia .... The school is a state-of-the-art working example of this public-private partnership, featuring a progressive and research-based curriculum, integrated technology, and environmentally advanced architecture. 6/09-06MSPhiladelphiaSOFPR.mspx mspx ool_dc"

Students Suspended over Summer Reading Projects

Search Engines WEB writes "More than 500 students in Lancaster, Texas, had their summer vacations extended after failing to complete their summer reading assignment - only they weren't exactly on vacation: The school suspended them until they completed their assigned reading. Last year 1,100 students were sent home for failing to complete the summer reading project.

ABC News Has More"


Teens Engage in Fishy Activities At the Library

Laurena Schultz said the same thing to all the latecomers: "Come in. Grab a dead fish."

Ms. Schultz, the teen services librarian at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library located in Pittsburgh PA, was leading a session of gyotaku, a Japanese method of printing using real fish, as part of the monthly teen activities series at the library last week. Post-Gazette has the story.


Interview with a YA librarian

cronopi0 writes "This morning's Houston Chronicle has a brief but well-done interview with Craig Bertuglia, young-adult librarian at the McGovern-Stella Link Branch of the Houston Public Library. Bertuglia discusses teens' current taste in websites, games, fiction, manga and more. 'You can't be an outsider looking in, trying to order things for teens,' Bertuglia says. 'You have to communicate with them, and we do that through things like teen advisory groups.'"


Library Sponsors "Idol" Competition

jepling writes "The Louisville (KY) Free Public Library is sponsoring "Library Idol", a communitywide, live reality talent competition for ages 12-19. The winning individual or group from each branch will compete in the grand finale competition at the Main Library. All finalists selected for the grand finale will be treated to a red-carpet experience. Branch winners will receive movie tickets to Cinemark Tinseltown USA. The grand-prize winner/winners will receive movie tickets for themselves plus 30 more for their friends.
Talent competition no 'Idol' boast: Library to showcase young performers
Louisville Courier-Journal. July 7, 2006
Here's The Story"


Indiana Students protest possible librarian cuts

New desks, lunch tables and automatic flushing toilets are nice, but several students at Yorktown High School would rather have old desks and tables and manual flushing toilets if it will help the librarians in the district keep their jobs.

About 20 of those students -- with personal or library books in hand -- showed up at Morrow's Meadow across the street from Yorktown Middle School to protest the possibility of losing the high school librarian.

"Students can survive flushing their own toilets, but it wouldn't be a school without our librarians," protest organizer and senior Ryan Brown said.

Teens flock to libraries

Danbury News Times - Danbury,CT - Takes A Long Look at how Teens seem to be flocking to books in startling numbers. The number of American teens has grown in recent years, to 40 million by one estimate. But there also seems to be a greater interest in reading, an outgrowth of the Harry Potter mania that started in 1998.

Is school fingerprinting out of bounds?

Obtaining biometric data from pupils, often without parental knowledge, shows how far this technology has already infiltrated society. The Guardian Reports last week, news emerged that Primrose Hill primary school in north London had been fingerprinting pupils without their parents' consent. It seemed shocking yet should not have come as such a surprise. Micro Librarian Systems' Junior Librarian has been marketed in the UK since 2002 and is estimated to have fingerprinted hundreds of thousands of British children.

What you say online could haunt you

Search Engines Web sent over A Remider From The USA Today that what you say online could haunt you. As more and more students turn to websites such as Facebook and MySpace to chronicle their lives and socialize with friends, they also are learning that their words and pictures are reaching way beyond the peers for whom they were intended. And some, are paying a price. In the past few months, college, high school and even middle school students across the USA have been suspended or expelled, thrown off athletic teams, passed over for jobs and even arrested based on their online postings.

High schoolers and the never-opened book

Interesting column from the Detroit Free Press, in which a community college instructor offers her observations regarding the epidemic of non-reading in her state and nationwide.

Over and over, my students -- all adults -- tell me that too many school districts neglect to include provocative selections within their curriculum. The collection of choices made and the way reading materials are handled fail to inspire. Why educators would undertake such a questionable course is murky, but the results are not. Michigan community college students struggle to speak in complete sentences and are challenged when asked to write coherently. Will they perform any better during job interviews? Is this next generation of workers prepared to create cutting-edge products and services?

She also comments:

It's easy to buy picture books featuring the gentle antics of big red dogs, but it's much more difficult to pick out thought-provoking selections for a 16-year-old when a parent hasn't read a book since high school -- if ever.

Thanks to Reading Today Daily for the link.

Library Evacuated After Officer Uses Mace On Teen

What the heck is going on in Columbus these days? First 4 kids smash a car through a wall, and Now Emergency crews were called to the same branch Wednesday afternoon when a police officer was forced to use Mace while breaking up a fight between teenagers.

The teenager fled the scene on foot but the officer was able to apprehend him without further incident.

The library was evacuated because of the level of Mace in the air.

Author: 'I think it is an honor to have my book banned'

Susanna Kaysen Says that she's "honored" her writing is causing such a fuss.

Orono Superintendent Kelly Clenchy pulled "Girl, Interrupted" from a freshman English class at Orono High School the day after he received a complaint about the book from a parent.
Her publicist had told her the basics, the author said, but she was surprised at the furor, since "Girl, Interrupted" has never created controversy like this in the past as far as she knew.

Teen Services Questions -- What Does Your Library Offer Teens?

A teenager in Cincinnati (who independently sought out our website) is doing a senior HS project on teen services in libraries. Here's what Kikito writes in his (her?) journal:

"Ok, this is my first time writing a Journal. But I am doing reasearch (sic) on Teen searvices (sic)in the public library and I could use any help getting information on what libraries currently do for teens. Thanks for anyone who can send me some info or point me in the right direction for info."

GregS* and mdoneil posted responses to this query, but if anyone else wants to add a comment, we'll send it along to 'Kikito'. Please mention the size/scope of your library and a few features about what your library offers teens.

Orono panel reinstates controversial class book

Here's A Follow Up on the challenge to "Girl, Interrupted" in Maine. The book has been re-entered into the curriculum after a recommendation from the school's appointed review committee.

Superintendent Kelly Clenchy examined excerpts from the book the parent provided and decided the issue required further consideration following the school's policy to review controversial material.

"The reviews that they've looked at largely support the book for high school students," Clenchy said Wednesday.

Classroom libraries get tons of tomes

Good News for the kids in East Harlem's Public School 112. "The teachers have to stay late to level the books," said principal Eileen Reiter, referring to the method teachers use to rate the difficulty of each book. "It's made a major difference. ... If you want kids to be good readers, they need to be surrounded by books."

The source of this literary influx is the massive book-buying spree that city educrats launched in 2003, spending almost $35 million to stock 32,000 city classrooms with 10.4 million new books.

One Year Lending Video Games

Librarian John Scalzo has been lending video games at his library for a year. "And in those twelve months I'd have to say it has gone as good as anyone could have hoped. In the end, the numbers don't lie, and a success is all this experiment can be called." He's Happy With The Results

"So at the end of the first year, having games in a library has been a complete success. They are popular with adults, children and teens and I've only heard the faintest of grumblings (mostly from older patrons) questioning why a library would carry, scoff, games. They are an accepted part of the collection now and it's hard to ask for anything more than that."


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