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Links Round-Up: University Applications Fall, but Graphic Novels and Teen Events Are Awesome

2 Feb

Don’t forget, Saturday 4 February is National Libraries Day!

University applications set to show slump after tuition fee hike of about 9%. This does include overseas students. I’d be interested in seeing figure for UK students. This is the steepest fall in 30 years.

Read about a week in the life of a secondary school librarian on Big, Friendly Librarian.

Teen Librarian has compiled a list of great graphic novels about the Holocaust.

Photos from a completely amazing Harry Potter-themed party for teens (seems like this could also be used with children, or maybe even put together by teens for children!).

I love this visual list of ideas for a Teen Summer Read programme called “Own the Night” (her teen library Pinterest is also worth a look in). As far as I know there haven’t been any recent summer reading programmes for teens in the UK (anyone know differently? Give a shout in the comments!), but it’s one of my librarian dreams. I do know that Southend Library held one some years ago (through the Reading Agency, I believe) and it was quite a success. There’s certainly potential there.

Wondering what Pinterest is and how you can use it in your library? Read 5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library.


Links Round-Up: A Call for Interviews, Training Opportunities, a Day in the Life

16 Jun

Call for Interviewees

Ana Silva, an MA student and aspiring librarian is currently writing her thesis about library services for young adults. She would like to interview librarians and literacy professionals who work directly with teenagers. Interviews would be brief, via online chat, and take under an hour. If you are interested in increasing the body of teen library services by contributing an interview, please contact Ana at ANA-LUCIA.P.SILVA (at) stu.mmu.ac.uk.


Two upcoming courses of interest: the first, for librarians who want to work with secondary school teachers, takes place on 21 June. A course for working with young offenders will be led by John Vincent and Anne Harding on 29 September 2011.

There is also a free webinar, But Graphic Novels ARE Reading!: Partnering with Teachers and Parents being offered by the American School Library Journal on 21 June, 7-8 PM GMT.

Teen Librarian Thrills and Skills

For those looking for a little perspective, YA Librarian Tales’ Day in the Life of a Teen Librarian.

The latest issue of Teen Librarian Monthly contains some useful information about making, reading, and collecting ‘zines. Zines are often popular with teens, and are worth knowing a bit about!

A Welcome to New Subscribers (and A Few Updates)

20 May

Greetings to all of my new subscribers and readers! I’ve noticed quite a few of you going in the past few days. Please take a minute to fill out this short poll to help me improve YA Library UK. (Previous subscribers and readers, I urge you to take the poll if you haven’t already!)

Please take a look at Resources for YA Library Services for some posts on setting up core teen library services, getting funding for your projects, and general advice for working with teens.

View the Links/Where to Find page for other blogs and websites dedicated to teen library services. There’s a lot of great stuff out there!

A few other updates: Teen Librarian (teenlibrarian.co.uk) just had its FIFTH Anniversary! Teen Librarian was the first ever teen library services blog. Its author, librarian Matt Imrie, is an excellent teen librarian and inspiration. Three cheers for Teen Librarian!

Regular posts on this blog should resume next week (I have a huge backlog!). I’m going to put up a new vlog, too.

Against Cuts: Teen Library Services and Literacy

10 Feb

The National Literacy Trust recently found that libraries play important role in supporting literacy. From the article (emphasis mine):

“Children who use their local public library are twice as likely to be above average readers, according to research published by the National Literacy Trust…. seven- to eleven-year-olds are nearly three times more likely to use the library than 14- to 16-year-olds.”

The survey also found that library users are more than twice as likely to read outside of class everyday. More than a third (38 per cent) of young people who use the library believe it will help them to do better at school.

“The most common reasons children gave for not going to the library were that their family does not go (52 per cent) and that their friends do not go (40 per cent).”

Pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults need libraries, and, more than that, library services. After the age of 12 or 13, reading for pleasure falls off educational agendas. This is the time that teen library services can step in and help promote literacy and reading for pleasure.

It is not enough to simply place books (or manga, or graphic novels, or even magazines) on shelves and hope teenagers will find them. Libraries often have such a low profile that teenagers who are not already aware of their offer will not venture into the library. Moreover the library is often seen as quite geeky or uncool, and thus is not a final destination unless the teenager must use the building for schoolwork or Internet access. (Of course there are ways of branding local libraries as “geek cool,” but these take a concerted effort: staff, time, and money!)

Having at least one member of staff dedicated to teen work, and exciting teen events encourages more young people to feel comfortable on the premises. Moreover, a dedicated staff person can do outreach, going to schools and youth centres, working with specific groups like young carers or young offenders to make the library service relevant and accessible to those groups. Library outreach to teens meets them in spaces they feel comfortable, with material that interests them and encourages them to read. Once a young person has begun reading, it is often only a matter of time (and patience) before they make tentative attempts to read beyond the level or genre they were comfortable with. The first step is literacy, then pleasure reading material, and then, finally exploration of new materials, new genres, new ideas. This is how reading for pleasure and self-education take hold of a person. They are lifelong habits, so developing them in teenagers in paramount.

Library cuts and closures are potentially disastrous for teen literacy. Teen library services are already fragmented. They are not (currently) a national priority. Yet, they are consequential influences on young people’s quality of life and education.

YA Library UK will continue to feature information about outreach to teens and teen library services on a shoestring. However, I am entirely against these cuts and closures, and the need for libraries to offer many services with very little staff and practically no budget to speak of. Library cuts do not accurately reflect library usage or other needs within communities. They neglect the needs of teenagers. I urge both local authorities and the government to seriously reconsider whether libraries are in fact a “soft” target or a service necessary for communities and their education and quality of life.

If you’d like more information about saving libraries and opposing cuts and closures, please visit the wonderful Voices for the Library website.

Introducing: YA Library UK’s new vlogs

4 Feb

Yes, that’s right, there are going to be a series of YA Library UK vlogs!

(For some reason the blog’s layout cuts off part of the video screen, so if you’d like to watch it without cropping click through and see the video on YouTube!)

The vlogs will provide information and advice for starting and improving teen library services, instructions and demonstrations of crafts and games, and information on library cuts. I forgot to mention in the video that I’m also hoping to showcase real life libraries that are doing fantastic work with teens (which should include actual footage of real librarians and excellent teen library spaces!).

If there’s anything you’d like to see a vlog about, notify me via Twitter (@yalibraruk) or email (yalibraryuk@gmail.com.

POP Culture Round-Up: TV, Graphic Novels, Harry Potter Treats & More

2 Dec

X Factor logoIf you’re like me and lack a television, you can always keep up-to-date by reading Teen Today‘s latest X Factor news including complete song lists and re-caps. Teen Today also weighs in on the upcoming filmMean Girls 2. (Aside: did you know that Teen Today features lots of swank giveaways?)

Sugar magazine has announced the three YA books you have to get in your stocking.

Did you know that the popular graphic novels The Walking Dead were recently made into a television series?promotional image for The Walking Dead graphic novelsIt aired on television in the UK for the first time on 5 November. Click here to watch a trailer (warning: contains gore, guns and zombies). The teens reading group at my library with buzzing about this show.

Film still: Hermione and Ron enjoy butterbeer.

Three Baking Sheets to the Wind show you how to make butterbeer!

Cookery blog Three Baking Sheets to the Wind just featured and entire week’s worth of Harry Potter-inspired recipes. Teen cooking programme+Harry Potter! Accio success!

Why not try decorating cookies based on the perennially popular Harry Potter Puppet Pals? Diamonds for Dessert shows you how.

The Surlalane Fairy Tales blog reviews Disney’s most recent film, a retelling of the Rapunzel entitled Tangled. The films sounds as though it features a strong female protagonist and an engaging plot. (Disney remains popular with many young people so I think this is relevant!)

Speaking of fairy tale films, Beastly (a film adaptation of the novel by Alex Flynne), is due to be released in April 2011. Start planning your tie-in promotions and events now! Since the story is based on Beauty and Beast, there are tons of things you do around that story and its myriad retellings. Watch the Beastly trailer below:

cover of Essex County graphic novelIn Graphic Novel news, everyone’s talking about the award-winning Canadian comic, Essex County (linked review by Graphic Novel Reporter).

In other news (also from the Graphic Novel Reporter): how cool does this new manga Bakuman sound? It’s about a teen who nearly gives up his dream of drawing manga, only to get the break of a lifetime. Kinda reminds me of some teens I know…

Post-YALSA Conference Links Round-Up

9 Nov

Librarified summarizes myriad Young Adult Library Services Association conference panels. Click through to read a plethora of tips and heaps of encouragement!

Librarified also posted an edifying article about the history of Young Adult lit for adults reading YA.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association has just announced their new Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. Read more about it on The “C” Word blog.

The School Library Journal (USA) has just started a review blog called Adult Books 4 Teens that (no surprise here), reviews books marketed to adults that teens may also enjoy.

Speaking of reading for pleasure, Gamine Expedition reviews a recent study about kids and teens reading for pleasure and the potential impact (or lack thereof) of e-books.

2010’s Booktrust Teenage Prize has been awarded to Gregory Hughes for his novel Unhooking the Moon.

Teens Read and Write is giving away three free copies of Paranormalcy (including to people/libraries outside the US!).

A quick PS: After searching fruitlessly, I finally came across a splatter-filled horror film that’s rated 15 (instead of 18), and that I can therefore show the horror-hungry teens (ages 15+) at my library. The film is, of course, the American horror-comedy, Zombieland!