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Archives for October 2008

Libraries Rock the Election

Interest is high around this year’s presidential contest, and schools and libraries are giving kids a chance to get involved.

First through sixth graders at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, TN, participated in the National Mock Election on Thursday, October 30. Cindy Brock, Lower Elementary Technology Coach at PDS, set up several laptops to function as voting stations, with classes coming by at assigned times to cast their ballots. Prior to voting, students registered and received voter registration cards. After making […]

ALA Seeks $100 Million in Stimulus Funding for Public Libraries

FROM LIBRARYJOURNAL.COM: The American Library Association (ALA) is asking Congress for a one-time infusion of $100 million in stimulus funding to help libraries aid Americans as they deal with the nation’s current fiscal crisis. At a time when Congress is considering another economic stimulus package, ALA points out that public library usage has risen during this tough economic time while their budgets face severe budget cutbacks. While public libraries depend heavily on local property taxes to maintain operations, increased foreclosure […]

Admission Zen: The Stress Free Path to Getting into College

Admission Zen: The Stress Free Path to Getting into College. DVD. 68 min. College Pathways. 2008. $24.95.

Gr 10 Up–By the time students are high school juniors, they have started planning for their options after high school. Most students and parents become stressed out navigating the road to college admissions and need more help than high school guidance counselors can offer. This DVD goes a long way in assisting students, parents, counselors, and teachers. Stephen Burleigh breaks the admission process into […]

Teens Prefer Online Sources for Health Advice

Like nearly everything else in their lives, teens and young adults turn to the Internet for details about health, sexuality, and wellness rather than traditional hotlines, according to a new survey from Ypulse.

The online youth-oriented media group Ypulse sponsored the poll, along with the health education nonprofit ISIS, and grassroots resource organization YouthNoise, as part of its ongoing effort to create a Web-based application where teens can go when they have questions about their bodies.

It’s what young adults already appear […]

School Librarians Connect Kids with Galleys

Seventh graders reading Carl Hiaasen’s Scat (Knopf), a January 2009 galley, at one of school librarian Rose Brock’s five student book clubs at Coppell Middle School West in Texas.

FROM CHILDREN’S BOOKSHELF: It’s a win-win situation: publishers get middle-grade and young adult galleys into the hands of middle-school librarians, who share them with students in hopes of fueling their interest in reading. The kids’ enthusiasm for a title then creates in-school, pre-pub buzz about the book that can, in some […]

Q&A from Recorded Books Be Quiet! I’m Listening! Incorporating Recorded Books into K-12 Literacy Strategies Webcast

Can audiobooks be downloaded onto laptop tablets since we are a 9th-12th grade college prep tablet school?

The copywright agreements we have for Playaways, CDs, and cassettes pertain to those delivery systems or formats specifically, so, in general, Recorded Books is not in a position to authorize downloads to computers. I think before long some of these obstacles will be overcome. – Jean Stephens, Recorded Books

Do you plan to have the most popular storytime tales in abridged […]

SLJ Talks to Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is asking New Yorkers to shop until they drop. Well, at least for one week out of the year. Her Shop for Public Schools program—which this year ran from October 1-8—raises money specifically for needy school libraries by asking retailers to donate a portion of their proceeds. The program is a key part of Fund for Public Schools, which raises private investments and where Kennedy is vice chair.

SLJ spoke to the attorney, author, and philanthropist about the importance […]

Teens Want Safe, Anonymous Sites for Health Info

When kids today need information about sexually transmitted diseases, drug use, and pregnancy, they’re more than likely to turn to the Internet, say a new study.

More than 50 percent of young people aged 13 to 24 access health and wellness information on the Internet, rather than from traditional support services like telephone hotlines. And the Web sites they’re turning to include places like WebMD.com and Health.com, as well as confessional sites, where they can post anonymously on message boards and […]

American Girl Shelves Samantha Parkington

Say good-bye to Samantha Parkington, one of American Girl’s original historical characters who was introduced in 1986.

Samantha’s complete product collection, including her best friend, Nellie, is about to be removed from American Girl’s catalogue, Web site, and retail stores and placed in the American Girl Archives, says the company. But there’s some good news for Samantha fans: the Samantha books will still be sold on Americangirl.com, at American Girl’s retail stores, and at bookstores nationwide.

Currently, there are 14 Samantha-related books […]

High Tea With Harry

Care for a cup of tea with J. K. Rowling? To celebrate the U.S. release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Scholastic, Rowling’s U.S. publisher, is sponsoring a national essay contest for U.S. kids—and the five winners and their chaperones get an all-expense paid trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend an exclusive event at the National Library of Scotland.

The December 4, 2008 celebration includes a children’s tea party, where Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter books, will read […]

Philly Event to Consider News Literacy

As Americans continue to lose faith in the fourth estate, Temple University’s Media Education Lab hopes to bring some thoughtful engagement to the topic—especially for those who work with our youngest citizens.

For three days this week, Oct. 23–25, educators, journalists, researchers, and all those interested are invited to Philadelphia for “Rebooting the News: Reconsidering an Agenda for American Civic Education.” The goal? To finds ways to bring young people back into a civic mindset—helping them learn how to navigate the […]

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Program

Now that summer reading programs are over, you might be looking for a hook to keep your kids reading during the school year. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) could be just the thing for your tweens and teens, grades 5-12. YALSA has put together a terrific toolkit to make it easy for you, and fun for your readers.

Registration for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge is open via the Teen Read Week Web site’s registration page. All […]

Breakfast in the Rainforest

In his ninth children’s book, photographer and author Richard Sobol takes readers through central Africa to meet an endangered, and beloved, species in Breakfast in the Rainforest: A Visit with Mountain Gorillas (Candlewick, 2008).

Sobol explains his hope that children learn not just about these animals, but also about the relationship with the people who live near the gorillas’ home in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park.

What attracted you to writing about mountain gorillas?
I had been to Uganda before, it was a place […]

Talking To … Cartoonist Couple Jessica Abel & Matt Madden

SLJTeen never throws anything away and recently excavated a flyer picked up at BookExpo America about hosting a “jam comic activity” at a bookstore, and thought it would make for a great teen program at a library.

That led to getting in touch with author Matt Madden, who explained that jam comics are just one part of his and co-author Jessica Abel’s new title, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures:Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond (First Second, 2008, ISBN 978-1-59643-131-7). A […]

Saved by the Bell – Thirty Second Tech Tips

Teachers and students often come to me for suggestions on creating different types of projects or presentations. Too many times, they settle on the PowerPoint format. But brochures can be an awesome alternative, and MyBrochureMaker is a great resource to have in your toolkit.

Many of you will want to write and tell me that there is a brochure template in Microsoft Word. This is true–however, MyBrochureMaker is so much easier to use than the Word templates, and looks very professional. […]

Teen Advisory Group Evolves Thanks to Trillium

In April 2008, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded $75, 000 to the County of Lennox and Addington Public Library, Napanee, Ontario, for enhancements of teen services. Rebecca Hinch was hired in June of 2008 as the teen services facilitator to recruit a Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) to help guide these changes and foster teen programming in all of its facilities. And while it has been hard work, the results are rewarding.

The T.A.G. Team now meets monthly to discuss a variety […]

Register Teens to Vote

The clock is ticking. Check with your state’s Board of Elections to find out if there is still time to register teens to vote in the November election. In some states, even incarcerated 18-year-olds retain the right to vote. Deadlines vary from state to state. The ACLU also is a great source of information on voting rights.

P.S. To get in the mood for Joy Fleishhacker’s Vampire Views column, check out this great Books with Bite video from the Franklin Avenue […]

Web Site Teaches TeenSafety Behind the Wheel

There’s nothing quite as exciting as a teen getting his first driver’s license. But there’s nothing quite as depressing as the sad fact that every 55 seconds a teen is injured in a car crash and every 6.5 minutes one is killed.

Indeed, that freedom “can come crashing down around you in a heartbeat,” says a new Web site, created by teens for teens and designed to provide Florida kids the information, tips, and skills to arrive home alive.

Takethewheel.net shows a […]

Stellar Teen Book Award Nominees Announced for 2008-2009

The nominees for the 2008-2009 Stellar Teen Book Award, British Columbia’s Teen Reader’s Choice Award have been announced. Among the many titles nominated are The Bonemender’s Oath and Tell, both from Orca Soundings. The winner will be announced in May after teen readers across the province vote. For a complete list of nominees, visit the Stellar Award Web site.

CES to Feature Toys

Toys aren’t merely child’s play. Consider the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which has invited toy manufacturers to set up shop at the January 2009 event. The January 8–11, 2009 exhibit will feature a first ever Kids@Play summit.

Kids@Play will offer exhibitions, presentations, and talks from some of the leaders in the digital toy realm along with experts in education and learning. Speakers include Gary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, who will discuss how kids interact and adopt mobile phones, […]