Young Adults


An Unconventional Teen Librarian

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 18:43

Librarianship is not always a first career.

Take the career of Gayle Morrow, a 59-year old rollerblading teen librarian. After working as a teacher and accountant, Morrow found herself unemployed and decided to go to school in her hometown of Philadelphia.

When the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo (CA) was hiring a young adult librarian, she decided to give that line of work a try. For her, this latest career has been "so much fun."

Empty Shelves, Filled With Imagination

Submitted by birdie on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 08:13

WHEN Geri Ellner began her job this school year as the librarian — or in the current parlance, as a library media specialist — at the Brooklyn Collegiate, a public school for Grades 6 through 12 in Ocean Hill, Brownsville Brooklyn, she did not have much of a book collection.

Many of the shelves in the small library, illuminated by harsh fluorescent lights, were bare, and many books were outdated or not particularly age-appropriate, like a children’s volume titled “Now We Are Six.” For the children's books, she created a section entitled Memory Lane.

Minors may face limits at San Diego libraries

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 12:26

San Diego County libraries might soon allow parents to answer that question as officials look at changing the library card application for patrons under age 18.
A new proposal pushed by county Supervisor Bill Horn would require parents to mark a box indicating whether their child could check out R-rated DVDs and videos from the county's 33 libraries. The policy now allows patrons of all ages access to all library materials.

High School Knitters & Librarian Help Infants in the Developing World

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 11:48

Some students at Lower Cape May Regional High School (LCMR) are picking up a new hobby and saving lives. The NJ school’s knitting club kicked off this fall when Art Teacher Susan Wolfe and Librarian Tish Carpinelli invited skilled and novice knitters to the library to learn about and improve their knitting skills while making caps that can help save the lives of babies in the developing world.

Book Causes Parental Stir in Florida

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 15:01

TAVARES (FL) -- A book in a middle school library already has upset one parent. David Myers, of Tavares, brought the book "Me, Penelope" to school board members Monday and read a sexually explicit passage involving a 16-year-old girl.

Myers' 12 year old daughter, a student at Tavares Middle School, checked the book out after getting permission from the librarian, he said.

Teen novels find huge new audience in the minivan set

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 11:41

"Harry Potter gave publishers (the idea) that, in some cases, there's a better market for a book that's put into teen spaces than adult spaces," says Trevor Dayton, vice-president of kids and entertainment for Chapters/Indigo. He notes that recent years have seen marked growth in "crossover" titles with special-edition book jackets designed for an older audience, greater maturity in graphic design, and marketing campaigns that speak to readers in wider demographics.

Banned author criticizes decision

Submitted by reellis67 on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 16:10
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Banned author criticizes decision

The original article may be found here


This article, which appeared in the DailyComet, Lafourche parish, Louisiana on Friday October 17th, discusses reaction of a books' author to the banning of his book titled “Black Hawk Down”, which was used as the basis of the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. The book was assigned to a 10th grade class, and a parent objected to the strong language used in some of the combat situations, the principle agreed and banned the book. The author commented in this article that he felt censorship always backfires and hence that there is little point in contesting the book. It offers an interesting look at this unfortunately common situation from the viewpoint of an author.


It is important to note that in this case there is a written policy in place for parent who feel that their children should not be exposed to certain material. This policy states that the principle has the first authority of rejection of material, and if they approve the material the parents may make an appeal. If they decide that the material should be banned, it falls to the instructor to begin the appeal process

Further Reading on this subject:

The original article, also from the Daily Comet, dicussing the specifics of the situation.

Books for Girls With a Health Message

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 19:01

Maybe you've seen those Dove ads that are attempting to teach young girls about real beauty in the current atmosphere of skinny models, skimpy clothes, trashy talk and racy behavior?

Well author Addie Swartz felt that something too was lacking in terms of books for pre-teen girls and so she started her series "The Beacon Street Girls" as an alternative to series like "Clique" and "Gossip Girl".