Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
One thing that libraries have always struggled with is marketing. WE know we're great, but somewhere in our natural introversion we have a hard time screaming from the rooftops that we will, actually, improve lives through our services.
SLJ, recognizing that libraries have a hard time promoting themselves, has created an inexplicably named blog, Bubble Room, to address marketing in libraries.
I don't know if it'll be useful, but hey, there it is, just in case.
I actually really like this post, which talks about how the Rochester Public Library has a calculator on their site that totals the amount patrons have saved by using the library rather than purchasing the books they've checked out. I've always thought that we should print their savings on the check out receipt. That's one way to achieve validation through knowledge. ;)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Every holiday season, we look for ways to spread the cheer and help others have a better experience during what can often be a not so happy time of year.
Donating food to your local food bank is and easy way to help people in your community. There are probably donation bins all over town this time of year.
The United States Marine Corps are collecting donations for Toys for Tots, and the Salvation Army has their bell ringers and red kettles outside many stores where you'll be shopping.
I recently learned of another way to spread a bit of extra cheer. You can send holiday cards to wounded American soldiers and veterans through a program sponsored by the Red Cross called Holiday Mail for Heroes.
You can send your cards to the following address, but they ask that they are postmarked no later than December 10th. That's just two days away, but you've still got time to pop a card in the mail!
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456
If you're in the Oak Harbor Library during the next couple of days, look in the teen area for the cards to sign. I'll be sending them off soon.
The most important thing that we need are digital street workers. When I was in college, college students volunteered as street workers to help teens who were on the street find resources and help. They directed them to psychologists, doctors, and social workers. We need a program like this for the digital streets. We need college-aged young adults to troll the digital world looking out for teens who are in trouble and helping them seek help. We need online counselors who can work with minors to address their behavioral issues without forcing the minor to contend with parents or bureaucracy. We need online social workers that can connect with kids and help them understand their options.
Danah Boyd is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley and a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society.Her research focuses on how American youth use networked publics for sociable purposes.
'Self-Embedding' a Troubling Trend Among Teens
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Self-embedding, a disorder where people wound themselves and then place objects in the wound, is an increasing problem among American teens, especially girls, researchers say.
Has anyone seen this? I find it very worrisome :(
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Here is a terrific article about him, and his belief that teens want to be challenged:
Tomes for Teens
M.T. Anderson Gives Young Adults What They Want: Complex Epic Tales They Can Get Lost In
By Bob Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 29, 2008; Page C01
"It's insulting to believe that teens should have a different kind of book than an adult should... They know the world is complicated, and "they can tell when a book is simplifying life."
Friday, November 21, 2008
Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing
By TAMAR LEWIN
Published: November 19, 2008
“It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging out with new media, whether it’s on MySpace or sending instant messages,” said Mizuko Ito, lead researcher on the study, “Living and Learning With New Media.” “But their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They’re learning how to get along with others, how to manage a public identity, how to create a home page.”
Thanks Penni for sharing this!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Seems like a useful site to know about. Goes along with the awesome Smithsonian Images and the Library of Congress' Flickr photostream (though not all of the last two are in the public domain).
(photo by Zach Carter)
I liked this sentiment: "Public libraries are, after all, a community's living room."
The protein of the article: "Video games are a means of drawing older children and teenagers into libraries at a time when they might be less likely to do so. Jane Venus, manager of children and teen services for the Ottawa Public Library, notes that many video games, like books, are beneficial to young minds. Older minds too. When video games were introduced to Ottawa libraries on a trial basis, they became popular with seniors during the day and with teens in the evening. When they were done playing, some teens stayed around the library and read books."
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday • November 6 • 7pm
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume II: Kingdom on the Waves (CANDLEWICK)
Reading & Book Signing
Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Regional Library award winning author Nancy Werlin will deliver the
2008 Kim Lafferty Lecture. Nancy has been a National Book Award Finalist and an Edgar Award Winner. Her newest book Impossible has received four starred reviews.
Kim was a young adult librarian whose dedication to teens and to books, both professionally and personally, was profound and unwavering. She had a special connection with children and teenagers and put that talent to good use as a teen services librarian for King County Library System. Kim was also a strong advocate for intellectual freedom and fought strenuously for the right of individuals to choose their own reading material. Kim died of ovarian cancer in 2001.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
They also allow people to set up memorial funds and gift registries!
This could be a great support for doing collaborative projects with your schools.
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Future of Reading: Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers
Publishers, authors and even libraries are embracing video games to promote books to young readers.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Letting Our Fingers Do the Talking
By ALEX MINDLIN
Published: September 28, 2008
Teenagers ages 13 to 17 are by far the most prolific texters, sending or receiving 1,742 messages a month, according to Nielsen Mobile. By contrast, 18-to-24-year-olds average 790 messages. A separate study of teenagers with cellphones by Harris Interactive found that 42 percent of them claim that they can write text messages while blindfolded.
How can we respond to this? I think it is time we started offering updates to teens by text message. Is we set this up as an option on our website, what choices do you think we should offer? Program reminders? New posts on their blog? If you were a teen, what would you want?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Fear of fairy tales
The glossy, sanitized new versions of fairy tales leave out what matters: the scary parts
By Joanna Weiss
September 21, 2008
Admittedly, this is nothing new and fairy tales are always evolving. I remember reading a collection of traditional fairy tales in third grade, and being shocked that the stepsisters in Cinderella were mutilating their feet to try and fool the prince. Certainly changed my view of things! Any more, when young girls come in asking for Cinderella, or Beauty and the Beast, etc...I always ask if they are looking for the Disney version right away. Too many years I tried to trick them into trying other versions, and 90% of the time they really only wanted the packaged princess.
Where do you see the shift, between kids who only want the squeaky clean Disney version of things, and teens who want the raw, disturbing fairy tales and their contemporary retellings? Are we softening things too much for children, leading to greater rebellion and distrust as teens? Or is society just adapting to trying to preserve innocence in a media saturated society?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Survey: 97% of American youth play video games
The survey found that while young Americans don't necessarily play the same thing, nearly all of them -- girls included -- play video games of one kind or another.
And they don't just play by themselves. Nearly two-thirds play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with Internet friends.
"It shows that gamers are social people," says Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at Pew who led the report on the survey. "They communicate just as much. They spend time face-to-face, just as much as other kids. They e-mail and text."
Despite what some people might hope for, there's no going back. Gaming is a way of life for American youth. But as we know, it isn't all bad!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Another encouraging article about great skills teens are building playing video games:
How Videogames Blind Us With Science
At one point, Steinkuehler met up with one of the kids who'd built the Excel model to crack the boss. "Do you realize that what you're doing is the essence of science?" she asked.
He smiled at her. "Dude, I'm not doing science," he replied. "I'm just cheating the game!"
Of course if they realized that their "cheating" was actually the scientific method, it might not seem half as fun ;)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A discussion guide and non-fiction booklist can be found here.
Here are some recent fiction books on eating disorders, as well:
Looks by Madeleine George
Massive by Julia Bell
Perfect by Natasha Friend
More Than You Can Chew by Marnelle Tokio
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
Any titles you would add if we were to do an eating disorders list?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This article brings up some interesting points about friending kids online. Clearly MySpace and Facebook are wonderful places to connect with teens in an environment they are comfortable in, and I know many people who have had much success in these areas. But where is the line?
Online student-teacher friendships can be tricky
By Mallory Simon
"As an educator there is a line of demarcation between you and your student," Keith said. "It's a line that you cannot come close to, let alone step over. You've got to establish it from Day One and say, 'I'm not your buddy, I'm not your friend, I'm just your teacher.' "
Monday, August 11, 2008
Retailers know texting is the totally best way to reach teens
By Mark Albright
What do you think? I'm hoping in phase two of the Sno-Isle Teens: Your Library website we will have a form for teens to sign up for text notification.
How could libraries best use this? What sort of guidelines should we develop to insure the most interesting and effective communications?
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Katy M. from the Selah (WA) Library suggested TAGAD-L trying pipe cleaner pictionary! I think this sounds like lots of fun.
What are some activities that your teens like to do at advisory board meetings and such?
Friday, August 8, 2008
I assume some of you have already seen this response to a book challenge as it has been making its way around the blogosphere for a few weeks, but I found it inspiring and a wonderful reminder of one of the many reasons we choose to work in public libraries. It would be a good addition to our training on intellectual freedom. Hooray for Mr. LaRue!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Libraries' video games are teen magnet
"Libraries have gone through a lot of iterations since 300 B.C., when they were founded as a way to improve moral character," said Scott Nicholson, an associate professor at Syracuse who runs the Library Game Lab. "This is no different from when libraries first brought in fiction or started allowing children in."
Lots of good ideas to be copied from these guys!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.
But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. The Web inspires a teenager like Nadia, who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.Seems to cover both sides of the argument fairly thoroughly.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Are your regular teens super creative?
Do you have mad decorating skills?
Then you should consider working with them to enter Unshelved's Pimp My Bookcart contest.
Check out last year's amazing winners. Better get started soon...deadline is October 31st.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
David Lubar is the man behind the popular — and hilarious — "Weenies" short-story collections, and critically acclaimed titles Dunk, Hidden Talents, and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. Lubar is best known for his humor, but his young adult books are also filled with plenty of adventure and suspense.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Are any of you active on Second Life? What benefits might there be for librarians?
Google is dipping its toe into the pond, but in smaller way:
Google Introduces a Cartoonlike Method for Talking in Chat Rooms
Facebook is working on something similar. In your dream world, what would libraries have?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Dungeons and Dragons in Libraries
Looks like he will have more on running the programs, so be sure to set up a feed to his blog if you are thinking about having one of these groups!
Monday, June 16, 2008
This article poses the idea that because so many people's primary source of reading material is web-based that the source is beginning to affect not only how we READ, but how we THINK.
Add in the fact that more and more profit is ad based...
And then the fact that there's practically a whole language used just online (oh, and in txt)...
Pretty soon we'll all have the interwebs plugged into our brains...
It's a ridiculously long (do I think that b/c my brain has changed? Ugh.) article, but interesting.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Jordan Sonnenblick's article about NCLB (I met him at Ballard library a week-ish ago. He's lovely).
Anastasia Goodstein's article about attracting teens through marketing tactics.
- Crunchyroll (a site a couple of MY teens are always telling me about),
- Teenhut and
- some philosophy (clearly the most important part, ESPECIALLY if you aren't quite sure how to approach teens - or a good reminder).
Katrine Watkins' article about The Google Game taught me a few new ways to search and reminded me of ones I forgot.
Heard of MMPG? Christopher Harris' article is about PMOG - and how it might just be a harbinger of Web 3.0... I'm a little scared.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Instant messaging 'a linguistic renaissance' for teens
15 May 2008
NewScientist.com news service
In a paper to be published in the spring 2008 issue of American Speech, the researchers argue that far from ruining teenagers' ability to communicate, IM lets teenagers show off what they can do with language.
So, there! LOLFOMA at disbelievers, yo.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
FASHION & STYLE | May 8, 2008
Cyberfamilias: Today, I Think I'll Be Hippohead
By MICHELLE SLATALLA
For the under-18 crowd, there are new ways to reinvent yourself online.
Monday, May 5, 2008
'"I find it reassuring ... that students are still reading the classics I read as a child," said Roy Truby, a senior vice president for Wisconsin-based Renaissance Learning. But Truby said he would have preferred to see more meaty and varied fare, such as "historical novels and biographical works so integral to understanding our past and contemporary books that help us understand our world."'
Furthermore, there wasn't any real kind of reporting on the survey itself. What were some of the questions? Did that guy write any of them? Was there another goal? And why does every. single. article concerning youth and reading have to compare whatever to Harry Potter?
I'm probably just cranky 'cause I had such a great weekend and didn't want to come back to work today.
In happier articles...
Containing this quote which I'm going to plaster somewhere: “Teen books are like adult books, without all the bull****” H. Jack Martin, assistant coordinator of young adult services at New York Public Library. That's awesome, right? I think so. And it epitomizes why I dig teen lit. The article is all about what makes YA lit not adult lit. Sherman Alexie was on the panel and there are some great quotes from him, as usual.
We've all read and loved Madeline L'Engle, right? New book, published posthumously (obviously) but written in the 1940's. It's said to be the most autobiographical of her work. Don't know about you, but that intrigues me. Although I hope that cover isn't the one they are using...
Further cannibalizing from PW: Twilight Zone is gonna be a series of graphic novels!
Monday, April 28, 2008
"The idea, which comes from Scandinavia, is simple: instead of books, readers can come to the library and borrow a person for a 30-minute chat. The human “books” on offer vary from event to event but always include a healthy cross-section of stereotypes. Last weekend, the small but richly diverse list included Police Officer, Vegan, Male Nanny and Lifelong Activist as well as Person with Mental Health Difficulties and Young Person Excluded from School. I was there as Gay Man.
In the catalogue we had been tagged with the kind of negative attributes that readers might expect to encounter. Male Nanny was down as “twee” and “child molester”. Police Officer was filed under “corrupt”. Mine included “very well dressed” and “has some sexually transmitted disease”, though thankfully there was no mention of Barbra Streisand."It rather seems like an awesome idea. And maybe fits into the whole Seeds of Compassion thing. I'm noting it for future overly ambitious uses.
Email anne.kilroy [at] living-library.org for more info, if you are interested.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
But what was more interesting to me in the article, was this bit:
"All teens write at least some for school, but 93 percent of kids surveyed said that they write for themselves outside of school."
This gives me hope that the author-run writer's workshop I have planned for July will be successful.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
"I tell stylists to get more involved in school and community events to reach out to these younger girls," he said. "They may not want to think in those terms, but these girls are our future business."
The approach sounded kinda familiar.
In a recent forum on Weary Parent, a child-raising blog, one person admitted in a post that she had tried to give her 11-year old daughter the blond-on-brown look of Jamie Lynn Spears of Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101."
"But that was a disaster," she wrote. "I had to pull her out of school for a day so I could fix it."
Monday, April 7, 2008
Anime-Inspired Notebook Deemed 'Terrorist Threat'
The Gadsen (Alabama) Times is reporting that two 12-year-old students at the West End Elementary School were arrested after school authorities discovered a Death Note-inspired notebook containing the names of faculty members, school personnel and students. The notebook was turned over to the Etowah County Sheriff's Department, where authorities classified its contents as "terrorist threats," even though the students told their principal that it was a joke.
According to the article, this is the third incident reported where students got in trouble and the first where they were arrested. It will be interesting to see how this book is handled. I think it is a great work, that really examines issues in a thoughtful and entertaining way. If teens are emulating this impossible concept, I see that as a cry for help...they must be awfully miserable to even joke about this, no?
Friday, April 4, 2008
WA Offers Low-Income Kids College Scholarships
Debra Lau Whelan -- School Library Journal, 4/2/2008 2:00:00 PM
Low-income kids from Washington no longer have to worry about who’s paying for college—as long as they keep up their high school grades and stay out of trouble with the law...
Had any of you heard about this? How cool is that?
The State's information page can be found here.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
When I hear about things like this, it makes me wonder about the big problems we have in the world, and ponder what is driving these youth to lash out at easy victims.
Sad sad sad.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Taking Play Seriously at the Public Library With Young Video Gamers
“I thought a library was just for books, just for studying, just for a lot of things I don’t normally do,” he said. “But when I found out the library was starting to have games it was great, because it’s really good to hear that the library is paying more attention to the youth and what we’re into.”
He paused. “And it’s also good because I can just say to my parents, ‘I’m going to the library.’”
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Dave Gibson, in the American Chronicle:
"Unfortunately, it appears that this country's librarians have decided to do their part in the dumbing-down of America. What has happened to this country?...All of the librarians I have known were in love with the written word and truly enjoyed opening the door to their world to young people. Perhaps, today's crop of young librarians would be better served answering their calling as arcade attendants and movie theatre managers."
So, comrades, do you feel like you are dumbing down young people?
heh. Happy people are dissing the hater all over the internet. Check it out.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Some authors treat the subject of affairs between boys and their teachers as romance; others see it for what it is--the stealing of innocence
March 9, 2008 - Sonja Bolle for the LA Times
Anyone looking for easy explanations for what some have called "an epidemic" of this sort of sexual abuse will find them in these books: The absence of parents in teens' lives, the increased possibility of secrecy in e-mail as well as cellphone communication. But the choices each novelist makes in telling the story make the reading experiences vary widely.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
In reality, love of games is a prerequisite for most jobs in the industry, which is concentrated in the Bay Area and a few other tech-heavy regions. But as with so many things in life, it turns out that love is not enough...
A realistic look at what it takes to make it in the gaming industry, and how little you might make as you try and work your way up.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Teenage loiterers affecting your business? Get your business back on track with the Mosquito™ Utrasonic Teen Repellent!
I have to say, I'm rather appalled. But if they had the opposite, I'd get it for our libraries ;)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain
Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) are not misfits resembling the Lone Gunmen of “The X Files.” On the contrary, the cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Web-Based Homework - What Do Teens & Tweens Really Want
I look forward to see what develops from this. The widgets in particular sound very useful.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The new products are appearing as the candy industry is losing part of its most bankable audience -- kids. There were 3.3% fewer kids age 6 to 11 in 2007 as in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales of sugar confectionary dropped by 4% from 2001 to 2006, while energy-drink sales rose by more than 400% to $3.23 billion in the period, according to market researcher Mintel.
Ok...to risk sounding like I am a million years old, when did caffeine become so socially acceptable for youth? When I was a kid my folks only let me have soda at parties, and then only one of the little half cans you can rarely even find any more. (Ok, disclaimer, my folks were hippies!) It is hard not to see links to growth in hyperactivity in kids, and also rising anxiety, too. Why isn't there any regulations against this? Or do some people actually consider this healthy?
What do your teens think?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Serious Scrap: Enthusiasts come unglued when avant-garde page-maker fails to follow rules
"I, seriously, was like the Lindsay Lohan of scrapbooking," Contes said.
This young scrapbooker gets a lot of grief for using pictures of herself and other non-traditional approaches...I think it is more like she combines scrapbooking with blogging. An interesting read, for sure!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The idea behind this game is simple. Two to four people plug their mp3 players into the console, and race to find songs on their own playlist that match specifications from the card that is drawn from the deck. The person with the most points (one per win) when all the cards have been used wins.
This game has the potential to be a lot of fun, but unfortunately a few issues with game play knocked it down to a mediocre rating from both me and my 13 year old son.
Setup was fairly easy, although a Phillips head screwdriver is required to insert the batteries (or a bit of innovation, I used a small fingernail file to loosen and tighten the screw). Once the batteries are in, the console immediately springs to life and man’s voice begins giving instructions. We plugged our iPods into the console and began playing.
We didn’t formally follow the rules. Instead we just decided to use the blue questions (there are four different colored questions on each card), and try some races. At first things went well, as we were getting the hang of scrolling through our playlists as quickly as possible (not an easy feat – do you look through artists, albums, songs…?). After a few questions, however, the man’s voice on the console became annoyingly repetitive as he barked directions at us each time we pushed a button on the console. Soon we were telling him to “be quiet, we get the picture” etc.
One has to know their music collection pretty well to find songs to answer the questions, and we did enjoy the challenge of trying to remember things about our music.
Then the technical problems set in. Each time you press the start button for a new question, a timer begins as players race to find their song. In theory, as soon as somebody finds a song and presses play, the console begins playing the song out loud so all players can decide if it really “answers” the question. When they hit play, a green light lights up at their station and the rest of the players can no longer affect the console. After working perfectly fine for several songs, the console began lighting up whenever I began to scroll through my playlist, even if I was in artists or albums – thus effectively blocking my son from winning, even though I hadn’t actually chosen a song yet. He suggested that perhaps it had to do with the fact I was using one of the new Nanos, which has very sensitive scrolling. Maybe, but that doesn’t explain why it had worked all right earlier, and then started working properly again a little later. He has an older Nano, and didn’t have the problems I did. Also, sometimes the console would not work at all when we selected a song and pressed play.
I think people can enjoy playing the game, and we did get a lot of laughs over some of our answers and even the barking command voice. However, I believe interest will wane quickly if the technical problems persist for players. For an overall score, I’d only give it 2 ½ stars out of five.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
By NICK WINGFIELD
What is up and coming…beyond Rock Band.
Top 20 Tween (and Teen) TV Stars
A quick primer for catching up with who young teens are talking about.