Young Adults

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.

Viet Nam’s publishers neglect teen readers

A Column From Viet Nam News says Vietnamese writers and publishers fo-cused on books for young children have forgotten readers aged between 13 and 19, according to industry insiders.

"While some 800,000 kids’ comic books roll off domestic presses every week, our publishing house puts out no more than 100 literary titles for teens each year," said poet Cao Xuan Son, head of the HCM City branch of Kim Dong, a leading children’s publisher.

The Power of Knowledge

The Cortez Journal - Cortez,CO has This Report on The Power Library Project, a program sponsored by the Colorado State Library in Denver, according to Bonnie McClure, the library community programs consultant for the Colorado State Library.

“The Power Library Project is an initiative to encourage quality school library programs,†McClure said.

The project, which has recognized school achievements for eight years, rose out of several studies conducted in Colorado and Pennsylvania, McClure said.

Libraries using Web to snare teens

The Boston Globe Reports teenagers can be a hard group to connect with, the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Library System's staff has found, so they decided to try where they are most likely to be found. And, as any parent of a teenager knows, that place is online.
After two years of effort, the website is up and running and attracting interest from teenagers and librarians across the 86-library network.

Maryland Superintendent To Reconsider Ban Of Young Adult Novel

More News on The Carroll County, Maryland, superintendent, who initially deemed a popular, critically acclaimed novel for young adults inappropriate for school libraries because of language and sexual content, will read the entire book before making a final decision, a school official said Wednesday.Students have organized a petition drive to save the book, which has won several awards, including being named the 2004 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the Yougn Adult Library Services Association.

"Part of this process has really been educational for kids," Johnson said. "Our students really get to understand and really get to talk about issues like censorship, like First Amendment rights, like ways to voice their concerns when they don't agree with something."

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