With fewer and fewer students reading literary works, calling them "dull and boring", a scholar of literature blamed the teachers for not making reading interesting.
Nasti M. Reksodipuro, a retired lecturer of the School of Literature at the University of Indonesia, pointed out that teachers should give a brief introduction about a certain book.
"Teachers only assign the students to read a book without giving an indication as to what makes the book interesting to read," she told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.
The Jakarta Post has the full story.
InfoWhale writes "Teenagers, and others, are using their own blogs as basic ways to communicate with the rest of the world.
A result of all this self-chronicling is that the private experience of adolescence -- a period traditionally marked by seizures of self-consciousness and personal confessions wrapped in layers and hidden in a sock drawer -- has been made public. Peer into an online journal, and you find the operatic texture of teenage life with its fits of romantic misery, quick-change moods and sardonic inside jokes.
"With all respect to the librarians of the world, theirs is not a job that demands much by way of physical courage. If they cannot find the intellectual strength to recognize narrow-minded bigots when they meet them, perhaps they should look for another line of work."
Here's a New York Times piece about the Donnell Branch of the New York Public Library, its "Teen Central" area and librarian, Sandra Payne, who is charged with making the library more teen-friendly. Most of the article focuses on Payne, her background, and her work as the acting coordinator of youth services. The article serves as a foil to all the recent high-visibility publicity about the (love-it-or-hate-it) Librarian Action Figure.
Elisabeth McKechnie writes "The City of Galt California recently took the book Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey off the required reading for the local middle school and made parental permission a requirement to borrow it from the school library. Shortly thereafter, the Sacramento Bee FEATURED the book and a review on its Teen Page, letting us all know what all the hoo-haw was about. i.e. Nothing a teenager doesn't already see on the evening news. The only thing they forgot to mention is that even though it's hard to get at the school library, the public library undoubtedly has a copy or two.
Here's a literary (by Hollywood standards) twist on the usual blockbuster movie tie-in:
Ramping up to the Dec. 17 release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema invites students at selected middle and high schools in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC to enter an essay contest on the theme of Gandalf's statement, "All you have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you."
A grand-prize winner from each city will receive a package of movie-related gear and a private screening, and New Line will award each city a $10,000 grant toward the purchase of books for public school libraries.
Susan Dillinger passed alont This TampaTrib.com Article
on the ``What
the First Amendment Means to Me'' essay contest sponsored by the New Port
Richey, FL, Public Library.
The contest was open to students in New Port Richey high schools.
Buotte and second-place winner Kyle Shinn, a ninth-grader, attend New Port
Richey Marine Institute. Stephanie Regan, an 11th-grader at Ridgewood High,
took third place.
``This contest was in honor of Banned Books Week and was designed to make
the students realize how important the First Amendment is to our country,''
said Tracey Sewell, the library's public/youth services librarian.
SPTimes Reports A 30-year-old novel by popular children's author Judy Blume could be stripped from Hernando County school libraries later this month.
Officials at Spring Hill Elementary School already have removed Deenie from circulation after a parent complained about passages that talk frankly about masturbation. The book chronicles the life of a seventh-grade girl dealing with curvature of the spine.
"What she read isn't bad," said mom Jerri Trammell, who complained to Spring Hill principal John DiRienzo. "I just don't want her to learn about it from Judy Blume."
Trammell said her daughter brought the book home as part of the school's Accelerated Reader program, which includes tests. Her daughter read the passages aloud, stunning Trammell.
MySanantonio Reports On A program new to San Antonio will put a free book in the hands of about 7,000 local children this month in hopes of opening a world of joy and opportunity for the future.
Children from the Lamar Elementary after-school program listen to a story at the Witte Museum.
The national, nonprofit "First Book" program was founded in 1992 to hand out books in lower-income areas in hopes of promoting literacy among economically disadvantaged children.
A Spiffy Article out of CT, where nearly all municipal libraries across the region offered some kind of reading challenge during the summer. Librarians said they were swamped with kids clamoring for books.
"You canâ€™t tell me kids donâ€™t like to read," said Caroline Siedzik, childrenâ€™s librarian at Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven. "Whatâ€™s great about the summer is kids can read what they want when they want, unhampered by homework and after-school activities during the school year."