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Michele Gorman writes "Hello teen librarians, LSTs, youth advocates, library school professors, grad school students, and anyone else who might have an interest in helping shape the next edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, the book that Mary K. Chelton claims "has everything — clear philosophical goals for the service grounded in developmental assets; an incredible list of how-tos by authors who have been there, done that; a lively text; and a rock-solid understanding of the real kids who need us, not the fantasy kids we often confuse with them.
If you have read or used the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd edition of our professional book, Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, we need your feedback to help make the 4th edition as comprehensive and practical as possible. We will be collecting all survey responses on Monday, July 24.
If you have a copy of any edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, it might be helpful to have it in front of you as you answer these questions. It's not necessary, just helpful. When you're ready to begin, click on this link to get started with the simple 10 question survey. If you'd like to leave the survey at any time, just click "Exit this survey". Your answers will be saved.
Thanks for your input; we appreciate it!
Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop
Good idea, parents should know what interests their kids.
Hinsdale (IL) Public Library reference librarian Lance Anderson is out to prove that comic books and their Japanese sister, Manga, are real books. More on this from Hinsdale Suburban Life.
Anonymous Patron writes "The New Britain Connecticut Public Library was the second stop for famous rock and band The High Strung. The "Detroit-based band that sounds like the Beatles with a funkier edge, played a 12-song, one-hour set to about 50 library patrons of all ages. The basement concert kicked off the library's summer programming for teenagers." ROck-N-Roll with it here."
How cool would you feel if you were a teenager again and got a raffle ticket for "Radically Good Behavior?!" What do you mean, not very?!! Over at The Longmont, Colorado Public Library it seems to be Actually Working. Library staff say they've noticed a significant decrease in rowdy behavior since the raffles started, in part because their focus has shifted away from the disruptive teens who previously monopolized their attention.
"It's good for the kids who are ignored for always behaving well and for the kids who don't always behave well but are in a given moment," said librarian Margaret Hyatt.
Maybe those disruptive teens were just looking for some attention after all.
David Rothman spotted This Associated Press piece on a parent whose 15-year-old learned from a school library book how to sniff nail polish remover wants books with such specific drug information removed.
At the very least, Sherri Walter and her mother, Stephanie Kelly, say certain books should be flagged and require parental permission before they can be checked out by their children.
"This information is too much," Kelly said.
"They cave pretty fast at that age."
Here's an idea--reward the well-behaved kids at the library instead of focusing on the badly-behaved ones.
Banned in Saudi Arabia as religious censors there allege that it attempts to give a face to God (something Islam prohibits), the Kuwaiti based comic-book "The 99" is nevertheless growing in popularity in a large part of the Islamic world. Clerics from Kuwait to Malaysia have given "The 99" their blessing and in fact their financial support. Financing comes from the Islamic Unicorn Investment Bank in Bahrain and if you are curious as to what "Islamic banking" exactly is, here's a website with an explanation of their principles.
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the comic published by Teshkeelcomics.com and the well-muscled heroes (Jabbar and Darr) and adorable heroines (Mumita and Noora) who fill the pages with their adventures.
He also wants the library director fired.
Earl Adams said his 14- and 16-year-old sons were "greatly disturbed" after finding the book, titled "The Whole Lesbian Sex Book." Adams said the book caused "many sleepless nights in our house."
The the city's attorney dismissed Adams' claim as baseless. She said the book is not pornographic.
"There is not a valid legal concern here," Camille Thompson said. "In fact, (the request for money) made me question his motivation."
Board games have evolved much since the days of Monopoly. Thanks to the Euro game boom of the 1990s, there is a rich variety of board games to explore. At Boardgame News, Giles Pritchard lists age-appropriate games for school children, as well as games that target math, literacy, and negotation skills. These could be interesting for both educators and librarians who plan after-school programs for youth.