Monday, December 31, 2007
Study: Web generation heaviest users of public libraries
Rainie added that young adults are the ones likely to have visited libraries as teens and seen their transformation into information hubs, with computers and databases alongside stacks of printed books.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Makes you want to run away and become a YA author in NYC, no?
The Younger Side of Nick Hornby
by Jessica Murphy
in The Atlantic
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I'm not sure this will have much appeal for teens, but it is an interesting concept. It will feature 10 books be various authors including Rick Riordan and Gordon Korman, plus web based games, collectable cards, and cash prizes for readers who puzzle it all out.
“We want to go where the kids are and really be part of their complete world, rather than going to one aspect of their world,” said David Levithan, an executive editorial director at Scholastic. He added, “We talk of it as being subversively educational.”
Monday, December 17, 2007
Spiderwick Chronicles, books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Jumper by Steven Gould
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess
Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
City of Ember by Jeanne du Prau
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Tale of Desperaux by Kate Dicamillo
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 by Ann Brashares
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
After playing World of Warcraft, the 12 year old boy knew how to cope when he was attacked by a moose in the forest.
In the article he describes how he first yelled at the moose, distracting it so his sister got away, then when he got attacked and the animal stood over him he feigned death. "Just like you learn at level 30 in World of Warcraft."
Who would have thought?
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
By ALEX WRIGHT for the New York Times
Published: December 2, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
In a role reversal, students provide the tech support, creating a 'culture of respect' between teachers and teens.
By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in Christian Science Monitor
As American schools look to incorporate 21st-century technologies into everyday lessons, some teachers are intimidated by technical glitches or the prospect of being left behind in a generational divide. Teachers have even become targets of cyberbullying, with students taking secret videos of an angry or embarrassing moment in class and posting them on popular websites such as YouTube. But this district and many others are trying to foster more collaboration – staving off problems by putting students' enthusiasm to constructive use.
I love the idea of giving students such empowered volunteer opportunities. How could we make something like this work in our libraries?
The following list of traits that should be a part of any volunteer project that involve youth:
- Provides a new experience
- Shows "immediate" progress in making a difference
- Is fun
- Is well prepared and organized
- Encourages (but doesn't force) participation
- Matches work to skills of each youth volunteer
- Involves a group of friends and other youth
- Work is challenging
- Adequate number of supervisors and trainers
- Future volunteer opportunities are available
Monday, December 3, 2007
- Lemony Snicket, from Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
Here is hoping your area hasn't been flooded.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Home News Tribune Online 11/26/07
by TOM CAIAZZA
OLD BRIDGE — You're never too old to rock out.
Seniors, alongside teenage volunteers, tested their mettle in the ubiquitous air-guitar video game and various other games available for the Nintendo Wii gaming system as the first step in the library's plan to make seniors more technologically proficient and to include them in what Allan Kleiman, assistant director of the Old Bridge Public Library, called the inevitable redesign of libraries.
I love the idea of doing a program like this, especially as we explore new ways to use technologies and give teens meaningful and fun volunteer opportunities in our libraries.
If you’re looking for an easy bulletin board idea that’s fun for teens, this one has been very popular at Maryville. I put up the words “I used to believe…” on a plain background, set out blank construction paper circles with a bunch of colored sharpie and waited for responses. You might want to put up a couple samples so people get the idea, but we get several responses in our box each day, so it won’t take long to fill your board.
It’s not uncommon to see groups of teens gathered by the board reading what’s already up there and adding their own. The responses have been as different as teens are…Here are some of my favorites!
• I used to believe that the library was only for research.
• That the library was boring…but it’s not—it’s Awesome!
• I use 2 believe that graduating would be fun, but now I’m scared—Class of “08”
• That having a little brother would be cool
• That it would be awesome when my older sisters would move out (its not)
• That we would be best friends forever. Then you moved away.
• That if I forgot to tie my shoes my feet would fall off.
• Elected officials in the United States Government worked for the people who elected them, not for themselves.
• That if I wished hard enough, I could go into the TV.
• That if you plant Skittles a rainbow would come out
• My sister was an Alien.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
New York Magazine
Apparently getting more sleep improves learning, reduces traffic accidents, and might possibly lower childhood obesity.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Giant Robot - print magazine and website highlighting visual arts, music, literature, and the famous names in Asian pop culture
PingMag - Tokyo based e-zine "About Design and Making Things!"
I've been looking through Issue 50 of Giant Robot, and it could be worth considering for out teen magazine collection.
This is a interesting and lovely collection of portraits of teen boys playing video games...a subject rarely commented upon for its beauty.
March/April 2007 Issue of Mother Jones
Photo Essay by Shauna Frischkorn
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Rock Band ushers in a more social level of gaming. Built along the lines of Guitar Hero, Rock Band allows players to take part in other aspects of being in a band, adding vocals and drums to bass and guitar. Four players can play songs cooperatively as well as play dress up with their virtual rocker buying outfits and changing hair, accessories, and makeup.
Not only does this mean expanded participation during gaming events (as 4 can play off one console instead of just one or two players) but teens can create virtual rock and roll identities, which even this librarian found addictive.
While only hardcore gamers may be aware of Rock Band's release, once word begins to spread I see it becoming a gaming phenomenon making Guitar Hero yesterday's news.
World-Class Education for Washington: Support School Libraries & Information Technology
By Martin Fackler
Published: November 18, 2007
Compulsive Internet use has been identified as a mental health issue in other countries, including the United States. However, it may be a particularly acute problem in South Korea because of the country’s nearly universal Internet access. It has become a national issue here in recent years, as users started dropping dead from exhaustion after playing online games for days on end. A growing number of students have skipped school to stay online, shockingly self-destructive behavior in this intensely competitive society.
...“I don’t have a problem,” Chang-hoon said in an interview three days after starting the camp. “Seventeen hours a day online is fine.”
I wonder how long it will take for this to reach the States?
Friday, November 16, 2007
I've read articles recently about how hugging has become trendy among teens. This comes as a surprise to me, for I didn't know it had ever been out of fashion. Many of the teens I've worked with are affectionate and hugging seems to be a natural, warm and fairly innocent way to connect with others.
So I was surprised to see that schools are putting bans on hugging, and punishing teens who hug. What is the world coming to? Here is some commentary on the issue that I feel is pretty right on.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Anne's Diary is the first biometrically-secured social networking site for children in the world. The site offers girls in grades 1 to 8 (ages 6 to 14) a secure environment in which to keep a private diary and communicate with their peers around the world. Members can also enter contests, play games, participate in book clubs and receive homework help.
What do you think of that?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Benefits Of Online Interaction For Teens Outweigh Danger, Professor Says
“the first line of defense should be teens themselves. Increasingly, tech-savvy adolescents are aware of the risks in online socializing and are developing their own strategies for staying safe in cyberspace.”
Even if you aren't planning on participating in this contest, I encourage you to play with some avatar technology...rather than using staff pictures on our new teen website, I think avatars are the way to go. See how Nashville Public used them on their teen site. I asked, and they said they used meez.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Salon has an article featuring 4 short stories from the new collection Red: The Next Generation of American Writers -- Teenage Girls -- on What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Looks like a very interesting and frank collection with lots to consider. I'm intrigued.
Monday, November 5, 2007
What makes 12–24 year olds happy? That was the topic of a study that MTV commissioned Social Technologies to conduct earlier this year. The findings, which hit the newswires on August 20, 2007, surprised many.
“We knew friends and technology would be important to this demographic, but going in we also had the preconceived notion that 12 to 24 year olds were slightly indifferent, self-serving, and perhaps even a bit apathetic,” explains Andy Hines, Social Technologies’ director of custom projects, who led the study. “The biggest thing we learned was never to judge a book by its cover.”
Well, I guess that is a big step for a lot of people, to get around stereotypes of teens. I'm fascinated by the fact that MTV chose this topic to study. It seems to me to be a very positive approach to learning more about youth culture and hopes. I look forward to hearing more about this, and if anything useful comes of it.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Deal With Tweenage Attitude
Sick of "whatever" with a side of eye-rolling? Here's how to tame the sass and sarcasm preteens are famous for.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
To mark the release of Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Disney Editions, Oct.), the final volume in Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s saga about Peter before he was Pan, the authors kicked off a national tour, beginning with an appearance this week in Barry’s hometown: Miami, Florida.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
These little boxes are just so much fun to make! They also make a neat alternative to a card – you can even put in a tiny letter or a small pressie which reflects the theme of your shrine…Looks fun, with lots of room for creativity.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Another Article about Gaming and Libraries, Same Old Story
What responses have you encountered, from patrons or staff, about gaming in our libraries?
Monday, October 15, 2007
Hopefully our new teen site will aspire to such heights!
What do you like about Spine Breakers?
Friday, October 12, 2007
- Sherman Alexie for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown)
- Kathleen Duey for Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
- M. Sindy Felin for Touching Snow (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
- Brian Selznick for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic)
- Sara Zarr for Story of a Girl (Little, Brown)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
National Geographic recently had a feature on hip-hop culture around the world. Check it out at:
Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery, Learn More, and Multimedia links. Great stuff!
thanks to Jim McCluskey for sharing this!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
A day in the (digital) life of a South Korean boy.
This is interesting, as it shows some technology trends we are just starting to see, and ways they may very well develop. Can any of your teens send text messages without looking? Can you imagine if Internet cafes offered free rides to teens?
Monday, September 24, 2007
What do you think?
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I would love to see a class taught by teens to seniors about how to use social networking and/or blogging!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sno-Isle owns 4 copies.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Internet's new Dr. Spock?
MIT media scholar Henry Jenkins shares expertise on technology's effect on kids, how games are replacing TV and YouTube-style politics.
By Stefanie Olsen CNET News.com
Published: August 17, 2007
My favorite quote:
...kids don't need someone looking over their shoulders, they need someone watching their backs.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Games are Good for You
Five ways video games can make you better, stronger, and faster.
By Ben Silverman
My favorite quote:
There's nothing particularly pleasant about going under the knife, especially if you're wary of the surgeon's skills. That's why before making the first incision, Dr. James Clarence Rosser, Jr. of New York's Beth Israel Medical Center lets his patients know that he's awesome at Super Monkey Ball.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
How do you talk to a teenager? Many parents say when their kids hit the teen years, they stop talking. A no smoking ad campaign ended up encouraging middle schoolers to rebel and smoke. What's going in teen brains? How do you keep the lines of communication open? Do any of you current or former teens have suggestions? (This part starts 6 minutes into the program.)
David Walsh wrote Why Do They Act That Way: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen. He's the founder of the National Institute on Media and Family, and teaches at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas.
Great tips for thinking about how to connect and communicate with teens.
Monday, August 20, 2007
by Brian Morrissey
This is an interesting article about companies that have tried to reach their audiences using social networking, what has failed, and what has suceeded. What can we learn from this?
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Some libraries are trying to set up shop in Second Life, but I think once you do that, you are really reaching outside your local target audience.
What can we learn from these sites? I don't think we can afford to create a immersive library world for our teens. How can we create features in our website that provide the feeling of community these sites offer?
AnimeMine Launches Social Network Site for Anime Fans
August 06, 2007
Smarticlesmart announced the July 31st launch of its AnimeMine social networking Website for anime fans where they can create personal contact pages, blogs, take part in forums and chats, offer reviews, and upload fan videos and art and elicit comments from others on the Site. AnimeMine will also offer news and reviews, and plans to add more features down the road, including a fan art contest.
Some of your teens might be interested in this, plus I think it is worth looking at to see what sorts of features we would like to try to use to attract teens to our future website. Thoughts?
Thursday, August 2, 2007
DC Announces 7 Minx Graphic Novels for 2008
For those of you not familiar with the Minx line, it is DC Comics excellent effort to reach out to a traditionally underserved part of the comic reading demographic: teenage girls. But it is not doing so by talking down to them or trying to make a "girly" product. Instead it is featuring strong girl characters facing challenges in a variety of realistic situations and environments. These are well done with great art and rock solid writing, featuring both young adult authors and comic industry pros. I highly recommend checking one out. My favorites so far are Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Re-Gifters by Mike Carey.
(They are on order, but if you want to borrow my ARCs just drop me an email :)
Monday, July 30, 2007
A controversial graphic novel from Japan -- banned in China -- has inspired a hit movie and much fan fiction. Will thrill-starved U.S. readers get hooked?
By Douglas Wolk
Personally...I've found Death Note to be one of the most riveting manga series out there, but it is definitely not for all teens. The premise is somewhat creepy, and heaped with implied violence. Yet at the same time, it is one of the most intriguing explorations of ethics I've seen teens reading. Thoughts?
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Runaways is one of my favorite superhero series, and in my opinion one of the best comics being written for teens today. (If you haven't read it, I totally recommend ordering Volume 1 today - can't beat kids who discover their parents are supervillians and take off to do the right thing!) Brian K. Vaughn had passed the series on to Joss Whedon for a few issues, and not it has been officially announced that Terry Moore will be taking over! I think this is exciting news and can't wait to read them. As a bonus, the distinctive art of Humberto Ramos is going to look really cool for this title and should a great match!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Recently my library system decided to start a YA blog. Previously we did not have much of an online presence for our teens and this will hopefully mark a change in the right direction...
I would love to find a way to incorporate a blog for teen patrons into the Sno-Isle website. This article gives some good things to think about up front. What do you think?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Public Library Association's (PLA) 2007 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report tracked young adult service trends in public libraries. The report found that nearly 90 percent of the public libraries surveyed offer young adult programs, with more than half (51.9 percent) employing at least one full-time equivalent dedicated to fostering young adult programs and services, up dramatically from 11 percent in 1995.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Just ask a group of teen Internet entrepreneurs, who readily admit that traditional e-mail is better suited for keeping up professional relationships or communicating with adults...
"It's a problem for teens--you're like losing out on some of your friends if you choose just one (social network)."
What do you think? Will teen grow out of social networking and embrace email as adults? Or will something new replace it?
If you have any questions about this blog, feel free to email me!
Your Teen Coordinator,