Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's Back — NaNoWriMo!

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

The Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set individual word-count goals. 
Visit YWP to sign up and for more information.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Bookless Public Library in Texas

Welcome to BiblioTech!
BiblioTech opened its doors Sept. 14 on the south side of San Antonio, a mostly Hispanic neighborhood where 40% of households don't have a computer and half lack broadband Internet service. CNNMoney
But an all-digital library also raises a very basic question: is a library without books really a library? “The library is no longer the place where you walk in and the thing you pay most attention to is the book collection,” says American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan. “It’s now a place where when you walk in, you’re immediately attuned to the variety of ways that people are making use of that space.” Time US
BiblioTech's efforts have attracted 7,000 members so far, and staffers relish sharing anecdotes about the people who walk through their doors.
Cole relayed a story about a young family's recent visit, during which the twentysomething father revealed that the regular e-readers were of no use to him; he couldn't read. "One of our staff offered him a children's reader, which is enhanced with activities that help learn to read," Cole said. "He started shaking, and his wife couldn't stop crying. It was a really profound experience for him. And this is why we worked to start something like BiblioTech." CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Do you agree?

The economy terrifies teens in today's young adult novels, according to NPR citing books such as Veronica Roth's Divergent and Suzanne Collins'  The Hunger Games.
If you think kids are too young to worry about unemployment numbers, consider this: Some of our most popular young adult novels fairly shiver with economic anxiety.
But there is disagreement.
As Salon writer Laura Miller explains, ... Dystopian novels, in particular, she says, are "narratives of disillusionment and escape." The teenagers who read them, she argues, aren't thinking about economics. 
Are you, as a teen, thinking about the economy when you read dystopian novels?