Young Adults

My so-called Blog - blogs for teenagers

InfoWhale writes "Teenagers, and others, are using their own blogs as basic ways to communicate with the rest of the world.

NY Times Has The Story"

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.

Exposing Kids to Gay Themes in Library Books

Robin "In My Book" Blum spotted some Some Letters To The LATimes on "Exposing Kids to Gay Themes in Library Books."

"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."

NYPL Branch Reaching Out to Teens

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.

Town of Galt bans book from school

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.

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Lord of the Rings essay contest to net school libraries cash

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.

SciFi Wire has the details.

Teens Offer Thoughts On First Amendment

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.

Parent challenges children's library book

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.

Getting interested in books

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.
Jerry Lara/Express-News

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.

The latest hot youth trend? Reading library books

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 can’t tell me kids don’t like to read," said Caroline Siedzik, children’s librarian at Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven. "What’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."

Dogs' new trick: Help kids read

News From California on Sal, Sal isn't a librarian or even a preschool buddy. He's a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix with a very important job.

The Orangevale Library and Orangevale Rotary Club have joined forces to bring local youngsters a nationwide program that aims to improve children's reading skills and confidence by using trained service dogs.

According to library officials, studies show that children who are afraid to read aloud to an adult will enjoy reading to a friendly, nonjudgmental animal. Intermountain Therapy Animals -- which launched the reading program five years ago in Salt Lake City -- found the act can relax children, boost their self-confidence and ultimately improve their reading scores.

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