Young Adults

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."

Computers seemingly replace books at California High School

Castlemont High School was split into three smaller, specialized schools in an attempt to raise attendance and improve student-teacher relationships a few years ago, and the library got lost in the shuffle. "We ain't been able to checkout books or nothing since I've been here," senior Erik Fuller said recently.

Castlemont does have several shelves of books inside a back room, mainly used as a storage space until a few weeks ago. The Oakland Tribune Has More.

Charges upheld in comic book case

News Out Of Georgia where A Floyd County judge has upheld charges pending against Gordon Lee, the owner of a Broad Street comic book shop who is accused of giving a sexually explicit comic to a minor in October 2004.

Defense attorneys for Lee — who were successful earlier this month in having four of the seven charges against him dropped — had asked Superior Court Judge Larry Salmon to consider dismissing the remaining charges, which they argued are based on an unconstitutional statute and represented "needlessly duplicative" prosecution of their client.

Little bookworms create their own school library

Peterborough Evening Telegraph - Peterborough,England,UK - Has a Nice Story on a group of school pupils are celebrating after helping to create a new library in their primary school. After a year of hard work to raise £8,000, staff and pupils at Matley Primary School kitted the brand new library with books and seating areas.

Having worked together to decide what should go in the library and how it could be put together, the children, aged up to 11, are now able to enjoy reading for pleasure in a comfortable environment.

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