Category Archives: services to teens

Transforming Books Into Pumpkins

News from Taylor Public Library
We decorated the Library for fall with pumpkins made from old books. My husband and his band saw are frequently called upon for such projects. You will kill your hand if you just cut pages with scissors. There are links to a couple of tutorials below.

There are just a few differences in construction I used.
1. Fat books are best. The more pages, the better the pages fans out.
2. Small is good—we cut away a lot of the book to make that rounded shape. If the pages are still too long a distance from the spine, they don’t fan out nicely.
3. There is orange spray paint just for paper or silk flowers with the brand name of Design Master—found at Hobby Lobby or Joann stores. It dries quick too.

Thanks Karen Ellis!

Online instructions for the basic techniques:
http://craftingmom.com/pumpkin-decorations-made-from-recycled-books/
http://www.creationsbykara.com/2011/09/book-page-pumpkin-tutorial.html

Next we will be trying Christmas trees from books using the same technique.

Fund Your Summer Reading Program (and Teen Interns!)

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer two kinds of grants for libraries to use in planning their summer reading programs.  The Summer Reading Grant will give twenty libraries $1,000 each for summer reading programs for teens in 2012. The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant provides forty libraries with $1,000 each to utilize teen interns to aid in their summer reading programs. To read eligibility requirements and download an application for both grants, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. Applications for both due Jan. 1.

Youth News – A teen roundup from Kim

Events, tidbits, and resources rounded up for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist Extraordinaire:

 

From Story Times to Blogger

Teens will be blogging, tweeting, photographing, and videotaping everything that happens at the Austin Teen Book Festival, and about the fest. One member of the teen press corps used to come to my storytimes many years ago. I recently ran into her and discovered that literature is her life. How exciting is that! You can follow Willa blog at http://willasramblings.com/

Enter to win a free banned book on Willa blog. Deadline October 1.

Talented Youth

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) would like your help in identifying exceptionally talented Texas youth (8th-11th grade students) for our Young Masters grant program.  Many of you work directly with youth and/or teachers of students of this age bracket.  Please make them aware of this program.  Students of all artistic disciplines apply for this competitive grant program.  The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be given grants of up to $2,500 per year for two years to further their advanced studies in their chosen arts disciplines.
Deadline November 15, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/youngmaster

Teen Brains

September PBS show – Understanding The Mysterious Teenage Brain talk of the nation

Research suggests, that compared to adults, teens value rewards more than consequences. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140637115/understanding-the-mysterious-teenage-brain

National Geographic Cover Article

After his son was pulled over for driving 113 mph, science writer David Dobbs set out to understand what researchers know about the teenage brain. The resulting story, “Beautiful Brains,” is the cover story in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text

Teen Programs on You Tube

Continue reading Youth News – A teen roundup from Kim

Youth News from Kim

Youth News from around the nation, pulled together for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist:

2011 Virtual Diversity and Outreach Fair
Held on June 25 at Annual Conference in New Orleans, this year’s Diversity and Outreach Fair highlighted innovative and successful library outreach initiatives and programs during a poster session open to all ALA attendees. The following “virtual” fair is meant to provide a glimpse of those presentations and includes links to resources provided by this year’s participants….read more

Free Tools for Creating Book Trailer Videos
Richard Byrne writes: “If you would like to add a new element to book reports, ask students to add audiovisual components and create book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer’s interest in a book. A great place to find examples of book trailers is Book Trailers for Readers. If you would like to have your students try to create book trailers, here are five free video tools that are well-suited to that purpose.”…

A Quick Guide to Using Creative Commons Images
Most guides for working with Creative Commons images are for those who want to pick a license for making their own work available. Even the CC site itself is geared toward Creative Commons license users, and not Creative Commons–licensed content users. So as a small public service announcement, here is a brief intro to CC image usage. First, Creative Commons licenses are divided up into six main license types, and each one can be tweaked to cover text, images, video, and other types of works….read more

Lone Star Reading List
The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source. See the list of nominees.

iPad Storytime Tools
Jennifer Hopwood writes: “E-book apps like Kindle, OverDrive, Nook, and iBooks can give us instant access to favorite stories. Interactive storybook apps can bring Winnie the Pooh and The Cat in the Hat alive in new ways. With the addition of an Apple VGA Adapter or the Apple Digital AV adapter, the iPad2 can mirror on a a VGA-equipped TV, monitor, or external projector exactly what appears on the iPad 2 screen for sharing with a larger crowd.”…
ALSC Blog, Aug. 13

Watch and Learn: Top Videos for Students.

Booklist put together a list of 25 recommended titles that fit into various areas of the curriculum. The wide-ranging topics include civil rights history, cyber bullying, drugs, freshwater biomes, Shakespearean characters, and much more. Titles are arranged by age groups. Lucas Miller’s Animals Rock with Lucas Miller! is on that list. Congratulations Lucas!

Story Songs & Sing Alongs
DVD with Debbie Cavalier for PreS-Grade 1.
Young audiences will love this compilation of musician Debbie Cavalier’s music videos and live musical performances.

Web Sites for Students
Students in Mary Ellen Quinn’s tenth grade summer history class put together a list of helpful resources

I Love My Librarian! Award
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian! Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online through September 12.

Amazon Best Sellers
Two of the top best sellers this month are children’s books.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney
3. Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Two: The Son of Neptune , by Rick Riordan

Sit! Stay! Read! Graduation

  
Johnson City had a graduation for the dogs who “passed” the Sit! Stay! Read! training to be therapy dogs for reluctant readers. Graduation was Wednesday, November 17. This innovative program builds a partnership between the Library and the Johnson City School District. The program pairs students with trained therapy dogs who act as empathic and non-judgmental partners for reading. Congrats, pups!

ALA Publications Web Extras

Free web extras complement ALA Editions print books. Check out such extras as  Webliographies, selected book content, sample templates, sample policies, and companion websites. Titles include Technology Made Simple, Teen Spaces, Preschool FavoritesFundamentals of Library Supervision, and many more.