Book Discussion in the Greek Theatre

Tomorrow at 2pm CST and Thursday at 10am CST and 8pm CST, the Alliance Library System in East Peoria, IL and partners are hosting a book discussion of Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis in Whyville’s Greek Theatre. Whyville is a virtual world primarily for tweens and teens (their median age is 12 1/2) with many 13-16 year olds as members that is ‘learner-centered, hands-on, and inquiry-based’. Adults are able to sign up as well. For more information visit here (note the times in this YALSA post are the correct times for the discussion). Consider setting up a projector and computer to show people at your library what libraries are doing and can do in Whyville. Chances are, you’ll have a few teens and tweens share their own stories of being in Whyville.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

Avatars and Aborigines

Recently, I read the book, Mutant Message Down Under: Message From Forever by Marlo Morgan (Cliff Street Books 1998). which was the story of a woman who walked with the aboriginals in Australia and learned the wisdom of the tribes. Beatrice learns about names from her aborigninal friend.

“You can be called by any name you want. Your name is how you want the world to address you. It reminds you of any specific issue you are giving attention to on this portion of your spiritual path. My name, for instance, Benalal, meaning brown duck, was chosen because I have been too serious most of my life. There must be a balance between lessons and play. I admire the duck’s ability just to float for the fun of it…”

It reminds me of when teens have avatars. Whether it’s through Habbo Hotel, Whyville, or SecondLife, rather than facing a crisis of who their ‘real’ vs. ‘not real’ self is, I think they are creating a self based on their developmental stage. It’s a self that is about a specific issue they are giving attention to. When I read articles about teens who have avatars and that they must be identifying with something more fake then real, it makes me ask the question, what is real? who is defining what is real? Creating an avatar is a safe way to explore what issue teens are giving attention to at this moment.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki