Tag Archives: Young Adults

New breed of teen-services librarians emerges

“On a cool morning a few weeks ago, Maya Escobar noticed a young woman tentatively looking around Cambridge Public Library’s Teen Room. Escobar offered to help, and the hoodie-clad teen said she was looking for “Gossip Girl,” a best-selling series about the romantic escapades of wealthy boarding school students that had been adapted for TV. Escobar, a teen-services librarian sporting a lock of dyed pink hair, headed for the stacks. But the young woman was out of luck: “Gossip Girl” had been checked out. Escobar chatted with her a bit longer, and the teen left with several recommendations for books — and an application for a library card.” (via Boston Globe)

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Majority of Young Readers Still Use Libraries

“Some 80% of Americans ages 16-29 have read a book in the past year, and six in ten say they have used their local public library, but library attitudes among that age group are somewhat in flux, according to survey report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, with younger readers reporting that they are reading more in an “era of digital content,” and increasingly on their mobile devices, suggesting “opportunities of further engagement with libraries” later in life.”

via Publishers Weekly

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Should young adult books have age ratings?

“It’s a debate we expect to hear a lot more of in coming years: is developing a ratings system for increasingly dark young adult literature a move toward responsibility and oversight – or a slide into censorship? In its latest iteration, the debate is being played out across the pond in the UK, where bestselling children’s authors G.P. Taylor and Patrick Ness sparred on BBC Breakfast over Taylor’s proposal to establish an age-ranging system for children’s lit.”

via The Christian Science Monitor

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Why Sex and Violence May Be Good For Young Adult Books

Andrea Cremer – “At age 32, I was sent to the principal’s office for the first time. Already possessing a butterfly-filled stomach in anticipation of my debut appearance as a school speaker, being lead into the administrator’s office only to have the door soundly closed was hardly the welcome I’d hoped for. I’d been pulled aside prior to my presentation because a parent had objected to my visit, citing the inappropriate content of my novel, “Nightshade.” Surprising news given the book wouldn’t be published for another three weeks.”

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The Library of Congress Makes Room for Kids

Book Patrol – “On October 23 the Library of Congress will unveil the The Young Readers Center. It will be the first area devoted exclusively to children in the library’s 200+ year history. The Center, which is housed in a renovated recording studio, will open with about 800 books. Most will be donated by publishers or culled from the library’s duplicate and exchange department.”

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