Monday, July 30, 2007

Death Note - are your teens reading it?

Death strip
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

good news for Runaways fans

Terry Moore/Humberto Ramos Next Runaways Team

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

Creating a YA blog.

Creating a YA blog from Alternative Teen Services

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

National trend: teen library services gaining

Youth and library use studies show gains in serving young adults

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.

Good news!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Guitar Hero in the media

Virtual Frets, Actual Sweat
Playing Hendrix for a night has become the new karaoke.

Personally, I love Guitar Hero. Can we generate this sort of excitement at our branches?

teens vs. email

Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead

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?

Accio Deathly Hallows

A few days late for most of you, but a great song none the less.

If you are unfamiliar with this blog, it is from Brotherhood 2.0...a year long project of Printz-winning teen author John Green and his brother Hank (the one singing this song).


Welcome to the Sno-Isle Teen Talk team blog

Hello! Welcome to the Sno-Isle Teen Talk team blog. A team blog is a blog that can have multiple contributors. This blog was created for folks working with teens within the system to have a forum for sharing articles, websites, photos from programs, etc. It may also provide interesting reading material for non-teen specific staff who want to know more about trends regarding this fascinating group of patrons.

If you have any questions about this blog, feel free to email me!

Your Teen Coordinator,