Just One Month Until Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week (TRW) is just one month away! This year we’re celebrating Oct. 15-21 with the theme Get Active @ your library. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

1. Be sure to register (it’s free) for TRW so you’ll get your free poster from YALSA & WWE. Registered individuals also have access to the TRW logo, which you can place on their web site to promote your events.

2. Get ideas for displays, contests and programs to have in your library, visit the TRW site here.

3. Get publicity for TRW in your community with the free radio public service announcement (PSA) recorded by Meg Cabot from the TRW web site. Download the PSA, send it to your local radio station with information about how your library is celebrating TRW and ask them to air the PSA. PSA courtesy of Listening Library.

4. Prepare to extend TRW beyond Oct. with YALSA & WWE’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Keep an eye on the TRW web site for details and a free toolkit (we’ll have it up next week). Teens who read can win tickets to WrestleMania and libraries can win cash to purchase library materials.

5. Order your TRW posters, bookmarks, buttons etc. by Oct. 6th in order to guarantee delivery by TRW. Go to here.
-Posted by Beth Yoke

Teens and cell phones survey

In support of Jami’s recent post on the blog regarding web phones and teens, online wireless retailer LetsTalk has published the results of an August 2006 survey of over 1,200 US teenagers, ages 10-18, on their use of cell phones. Texting ranked the highest feature of the cell phone(above camera and video).

This reminds me of an article I’ve mentioned before- Linda Braun’s VOYA 2005 article on Playing Keep Up with Emerging Technologies which talks about text messaging in libraries.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Next month, many community organizations will have educational programs, ceremonies, and other outreach efforts to observe domestic violence (dv). While Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention week isn’t until February, there will be many awareness programs for teens next month experiencing dv. Finding out what a local dv organization is doing is a good fit for the ‘Get Active at Your Library’ theme for Teen Read Week.

At my library, a production of ‘Twist and Shout’ is performed by teen actors who tour the local schools to put on a gritty play on dating violence and then have a conversation with the student viewers along with representatives from a dv organization.

There is a great article and bibliography written this month by Tom Reynolds of Sno-Isle Regional Library in Washington available on NoveList, entitled, “Inexcusable: Rape and Dating Violence in Teen Fiction”

I had a program last year for teens where we watched the movie Speak, and then participated in a teen led discussion in partnership with a local sexual assault organization. Males and females alike, benefitted and the teens were phenomenal in guiding the talk afterward.

Wired for Youth has a bibliography and webliography for ‘Teens, Dating, and Emotional and Physical Abuse.’ They also participated in the Choose Respect Campaign launched by the CDC and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for teens to create a music video on healthy relationships.

Check out NY’s State Office for the Prevention of DV Teen Dating Violence Media Project last year.

Share your stories of working with organizations to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

ALA Social Networking Wiki

ALA has created a wiki on the topic of online social networking. On the front page of the wiki it says:

The online environment has become an important and growing part of economic, cultural, civic, and social life, and the use of new Internet-based applications for collaboration and learning – so called “social networking” sites – is becoming increasingly prevalent. Learning to use today’s Internet, and specifically social networking sites, effectively and safely is now an essential component of education, as these learning and social environments are promoted more and more. The development of information literacy skills requires that young people be able to safely and effectively use these important new collaborative tools.

The wiki includes links to the resources YALSA created on social networking, along with links to ALA’s statement on DOPA and Beth Yoke’s testimony in front of the House about DOPA.

This should prove to be a great resource to learn about social networking resources and to find tools to use when trying to educate the community, colleagues, and administrators about the importance of social networking in teen lives.

Check out the wiki, let others know it’s there, and don’t forget DOPA is going to be before the Senate very soon. Make sure your voice is heard by contacting your Senators and letting them know what you think about the proposed legislation. You’ll find links for how to do that on the new wiki.

Movies online

Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, announced yesterday their plan to make available over 75 full length films online through the company’s iTunes store and be able to view them on an iPod, computer screen, or stream them to a tv. The iTV which is due out in 2007 will sell for about $300 will allow people to watch movies purchased online and other digital content stored on a computer. Video game downloads will also be available through the iTunes store.

Also last week, Amazon announced their ‘Unboxed’ movie download service where movies will be sold for $8-$15 (comparable to Apple).

What do people think? What are we already doing as libraries in relation to the availability of movies online? How can we as libraries tap into iTunes and what are we already doing?

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

Idea generator

In the workroom in my library, we keep ongoing lists to generate ideas for programs. It’s kind of a catch all for those moments we think, wouldn’t that be great if. . . .but we can’t do it right now. Instead of just sending the idea away to never be heard from again, we keep it alive by writing it down (and of course with the ladder of youth participation underneath the lists). While this might not be very web 2.0, it works for us right now. What about sharing a list of ideas for social networking programs at your library-especially for teens to teach? Even if you’ve just read about a new software you want to try out but haven’t been able to, sometimes putting it on the list of programs to do, will encourage one to learn how to use the technology. Generating program ideas about connecting people can be a bit contagious. . .and fun. 🙂

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

Free Online Legislative Advocacy Course

ALA’s Washington Office has just announced a free online course on legislative advocacy. You can read about the details here. “Messaging and Talking with Congress” guides users through the process of developing messages, teaches users to communicate effectively with Members of Congress and other elected officials, and offers strategies on building lasting relationships with Congressional staff. Users may navigate the course at their own pace and download and print helpful worksheets.
-Posted by Beth Yoke

Military recruiters in libraries

Dear Librarians:
Do military recruiters leave literature in your libraries and/or ask to use your library as a space for recruitment? If so, how do you feel about this? Have any of you tried to balance the materials by placing literature from other nonmilitary related agencies (e.g. Peace Corps)? Have you found any particularly useful materials in that regard that you recommend? What kinds of rules have your schools imposed on recruiters in the face of the No Child Left Behind law (which requires schools to be as open to military recruiters as they are to college recruiters)? Please send your responses to: Joan Oleck, SLJ at Joan.Oleck@reedbusiness.com
-Posted by Beth Yoke

Young Adult Literature Conference in Illinois

Attention Illinois area folks: Join Anderson’s Bookstores on Sept. 30th at the Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL for a conference on YA lit. This year, in an encore presentation of their Readers Theatre, Sharon Creech, Avi, Sarah Weeks, and a fourth author TBA will be astounding us with performances of their novels. Also joining us will be Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, and authors Alan Lawrence Sitomer, Laura Ruby and Andy Behrens. Mark your calendars now for this event! To register, call 1-800-728-0708. For more information go here.

-posted by Beth Yoke