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Behind Books for Urban Students, an Unlikely Author

NYT – “Over the last decade, the Bluford series — a collection of 18 books about life at the fictional Bluford High School, written by a white man from the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia — has captivated its target audience: black and Latino urban middle and high school students who are struggling readers. The three latest installments were published in January, and two more are expected in the fall.”

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Social Media and Young Adults

Pew – “Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. Even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group, as does social network use. Teens ages 12-17 do not use Twitter in large numbers, though high school-aged girls show the greatest enthusiasm for the application.”

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Trouble touches an urban oasis

Boston Globe – “Struggling to keep peace at new Mattapan library”

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Teens take over library, olds gasp

SF Bay Guardian – “Friday night at the library! Sure, when I was 17 you couldn’t have gotten me there with a sharp stick and an unmarked van, but back then I was doing more meaningful things like chugging Mike’s Hard Lemonade and straightening my hair.”

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City library shouldn’t have banned teens

Sudbury Star – “The library justified its actions by stating there were youth in the library causing frequent disruption and, sometimes, even engaging in criminal activity (for example, a staff member's vehicle was broken into). In general, the library claimed that the youth were using the Mackenzie Street branch as a hangout during school hours and were making it difficult for staff members, and other library patrons.”

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