This story was on NPR the other night, and I wondered what the teens thought, Click the link below to listen.
Is Young Adult Fiction Too Dark? Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
"There’s a debate going on about young adult fiction. In an article in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago, children's book critic MEGHAN COX GURDON argued that young adult books (or YA for short) have become too dark and depressing. She wrote “kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things in novels directed, broadly speaking, at children from the ages of 12 to 18.” Gurdon’s essay sparked strong reactions on all sides of the issue from YA fans, writers, parents, booksellers and librarians. This hour, guest host Tracey Matisak explores the state of young adult fiction with guests MEGHAN GURDON and young adult book author MAUREEN JOHNSON. We'll also hear from teenager MADELEINE KEMPER, an aspiring writer and avid reader of YA fiction."
For those of you who attended YAK! today you know that today is Tanabata. The YAK! teens celebrated Tanabata just like the Japanese do, we wrote our names on slips of paper and then a wish to be granted. This holiday celebrates the reunion of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi represented by the start Vega and Altair who are separated by the milky way. These lovers are only allowed to reunite once a year on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. The day of Tanabata changes ever year. The teens hung their wishes in the library garden, if the wishes blow away it means that their wish will be granted.
Here is the list of future dates
Hey teens, another staff member here at ACPL found this and showed it to me, we thought you all might be interested!
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The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest™ is a brand-new, super easy, totally FREE reading program for teen and youth librarians. This year-round program is open to librarians in the U.S. and Canada, in public libraries and school libraries alike. It offers fun, fast, cool programming that’ll keep your kids and teens coming back to the library for more.
Over 200 YA and middle grades authors have created a 10-question trivia challenge for one or more of their books. Trivia challenges include fun questions like “What was the color of Moe’s hideous car?” or “What is Gemma’s favorite comfort food?” (Check out the book lists in the left hand nav bar to see all of the participating titles.) Every trivia challenge also has a special note from the author to give it a personal touch. And administering the program couldn’t be easier!
To participate, readers (called hunters) simply read a participating book, complete the author trivia challenge, and turn it in to you. If they get 8 out of 10 answers correct, you get to enter them in the monthly contest. Easy, right?
Every month, I’ll choose one lucky hunter as the winner. Winning hunters will receive a $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice to use for whatever their heart desires. Even better, when they win, YOU win too… a library prize tote filled with more terrific Great Scavenger Hunt Contest™ books for your library collection.
Fun, fast, simple plus free prizes. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
Some of you are really going to love this one!
My boss showed this to me today, In the latest issue of True West is an article on steampunk old west style. I have scanned you a preview of the article which you may view below, if you would like to see the full article the copy of True West will be on the new Magazine shelf all month, and will be available for check out next month.
it might be upside down, for which i apologize, you can rotate thw view under the 'view' options in adobe reader.
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Attention teens! You can help win up to $3,000 for your library. Here’s how: Make a video!
From each age category (13-15 and 16-18):
For more information, contact whyIneedmylibrary@ala.org.
Hey Teens! its 2011 and a new year means new opportunities for Laramie teens to make their voices heard. On January 27th we will be having a special teen planning event. The next several months worth of events could be up to you!
Don't like the craft days? Love the craft days and want more? LET US KNOW! We are here for you and to host events that teens want to see but we can do it without you! Come one come all to the teen planing event January 27th!
C-SPAN is sponsouring a Student Documentary competition for grades 6-12. They will be awarding $50,000 in prize money. The topic is, Washington DC, Through My Lens. The deadline for submissions is January 20th, 2011. See the link below for more details!
Read This: One Continuous Mistake via Beatrice.com by ronhogan on 11/5/10
Now that we’ve established that you should ignore the NaNoWriMo naysayers, I’d like to share with you two complementary bits of advice I’ve found online and one book that I think get at the heart of the spirit of National Novel Writing Month, for those of you who have chosen to participate in it. A few months ago, John Scalzi wrote a short essay in which the takeaway line (at least for me) was, “Either you want to write or you don’t, and thinking that you want to write really doesn’t mean anything.”
“Do you want to write or don’t you? If your answer is ‘yes, but,’ then here’s a small editing tip: what you’re doing is using six letters and two words to say ‘no.’ And that’s fine. Just don’t kid yourself as to what ‘yes, but’ means.
“If your answer is ‘yes,’ then the question is simply when and how you find the time to do it. If you spend your free time after work watching TV, turn off the TV and write. If you prefer to spend time with your family when you get home, write a bit after the kids are in bed and before you turn in yourself. If your work makes you too tired to think straight when you get home, wake up early and write a little in the morning before you head off. If you can’t do that (I’m not a morning person myself) then you have your weekend… And if you can’t manage that, then what you’re saying is that you were lying when you said your answer is ‘yes.’”
Last year, Merlin Mann offered very similar advice, elaborating on the importance of keeping up your momentum: Start writing, and keep writing! He also warned about paying too much attention to creative writing advice: “When I’m reading about writing, I’m not writing.”
That said, I do want to take a quick moment to plug one of my all-time favorite books about creativity and writing, Gail Sher’s One Continuous Mistake. Its core message is straightforward, best expressed by two of the four “noble truths” upon which Sher builds her advice. “Writers write,” she says. “If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is not to write.” The rest of the book is about opening yourself up to the process of writing and teaching yourself to get out of your own way. The chapters are short, but each one is packed tightly; in a way, the book is more useful as a devotional-like object than as an argument to be read all the way through. Because, after all, you really should be writing.
I'm so proud of my teens ;) here is just one reason why.
Check out the link here to see an article about one of our very own teen's latest projects!
Keep up the awesome job everyone!
Laura & Bailey
Laura Prestia and Bailey Murray are the Young Adult Specialists here at the Albany County Public Library.
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