Young Adults

Norwegian children's books to cross Atlantic

Norwegian children's literature celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. An exhibit opening at the Capital Children's Museum (CCM) in Washington, D.C., will give children and adults a chance to walk through those eras and get to know the stories and characters created by authors and illustrators from this little northern country of 4.5 million people. News of Norway has more.

Teen Slams SUV Into School Library

Not Many Details on this one, but a Ford Explorer driven by the boy slammed into Rivera Middle School, in California, at 7200 Citronell Avenue around 11:30 last night, said Sgt. Richard Shear of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Pico Rivera Station.
The boy then fled, only to return a few minutes later, when he was arrested, Shear said.

The vehicle broke through a wall of the school's library, causing "a couple thousand dollars of damage," Shear said.

New policy to make library safer for kids

Some interesting happenings down at the Midland County TX public library. The Commissioners' Court approved Johnson's request to enact a policy that would allow library staff to prohibit adults not accompanied by children from loitering in the children's section of the library. Johnson said there would be exceptions for adults picking up books for their children or researching children's literature.

"All I'm asking is if there is an adult acting differently, we can ask them to sit elsewhere," Johnson said.

Logic books puzzlingly popular among kids

Wayne Gould is the 60-year-old former judge credited with popularizing Sudoku puzzles in the Western world. He shared the addictive game with students at Little Harbour School Friday and was swarmed by the young fans wanting his autograph. Sea Coast Online explains just what Sudoku is all about. "You either love it or you hate it, and I love it," said fourth-grader Jenny DiPietro.

Graphic novels are drawing in kids, with positive results in more ways than one

An interesting article on graphic novels from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"Not only are comics the hottest thing in teen and adult publishing, they're getting a whole lot of love from librarians, who are scrambling to flesh out their graphic-novel collections and understand the market."

"So it was inevitable that the comics craze would extend down to the original, but long-forgotten, part of the fan base: kids."

Award for the library that lent support to a plague of drunken youngsters

I believe this is the first story I've posted that contained information on "plagues of drunken youngsters." Sighthill Library (in Scotland) has one of four top prizes in the Scottish Executive's Standing Up To Antisocial Behaviour scheme.
Two years ago, the library was plagued by a host of problems, including gang fights, under-age drinking and vandalism, both inside and outside the building.

The library staff were nominated for the award by the police after lifting a ban on youngsters involved in the trouble and instead urging them to use the library's computers and other facilities.

'X-rated' book to educate Islamic students in Singapore

New India Press reports Students pursuing Islamic religious education at mosques and private centres in Singapore will now receive sex education through a textbook with the words "X-rated" on its cover.

The book will be introduced in November, Singapore's largest Muslim body confirmed on Monday. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore is putting out the book focusing on sexuality and emotions for Muslim teenagers as part of a bid to jazz up religious instruction.

Racy reads becoming popular among teens

The Sioux City Journal reports on those darn kids today, and all that trash they're reading. Gone are the days of "Nancy Drew," "Sweet Valley High" and the "Babysitters Club." Provocative teen novels are flying off the shelves and into the book bags of teen and tween girls, the biggest consumers of the publishing industry's fastest-growing segment.

Most books for kids ages 12 and up sell fewer than 20,000 copies, but some controversial teen fiction titles have sold more than a million copies.

Afternoon Adventures With Dungeons & Dragons FAQ

The Afternoon Adventure with DUNGEONS & DRAGONS program will include everything librarians need to start regular gaming programs in their library with the original pen-and-paper roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D for short). Players assume the persona of fantasy characters and pursue magical adventures, confronting and solving problems using strategic thinking and teamwork. For three decades, D&D has appealed to an ever-increasing population of fans for its use of imagination and storytelling over competition. This free program will include a Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game (a $24.99 value), instructions for starting a D&D group in the library, a guide to using D&D as an introduction to library use, recommended reading lists, and other practical resources.

Schools Destroy the Joy of Reading

Anonymous Patron wrote in with a USA Today editorial against bad textbooks.

There's some good points about state-approved texts and bland readings, plus some speculation about the health risks of carrying heavy books.

But is attempting a classical education really to blame for illiteracy? Isn't that like blaming vegetables for obesity?
Perhaps something more in-tune with the current tone of political discourse, say like the L.A. Math Test, would be a better approach? Or does Dewey have the answer?

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