- Kickin' It up a Notch: It's a sad — but true — fact that kids just don't read as much as they used to. Unless it's texts... or emails, or Facebook updates. Well, this year's Teen Read Week (October 17 – 23), sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (part of the ALA), could soon have them singing a different tune.
The theme this year is "Books with Beat," focusing on audio books, music, poetry, and books about music. Schools and libraries all over the nation are participating, with euphonious results. The Orange County Register reports on their local program:
We're trying to tap into what teens are interested in today,' said Ryan Gan, the young-adult librarian at the Orange Public Library. 'Kids today have really busy schedules compared to kids in the past, so we just want to let them know the library is here for them... Steven Nguyen, 14 and a freshman at El Modena High School, volunteers at the library and says he loves to read books, such as the Twilight series, and listen to country music, especially Taylor Swift. For him, this year's theme couldn't be more fitting. 'I think this is awesome,' Nguyen said. '[Teenagers] should be reading more, and music is what we're in to.
Since 1998, Teen Read Week has been helping acquaint teens with the love of reading for fun... often for the first time. If you want to get involved this year, volunteer, or register an opinion on the theme for next year's program, contact your local library or the official YALSA website for details.
- Because He's Awesome: Comic icon Stan Lee spent some time in the Big Apple this week talking over his life's work with Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal. In the olden days, comic fans would have heard about this and moaned, "Oh to be a fly on the wall of that studio!" We've got facet-y-eyed friends of our own, ha-ha! And they captured this elusive footage....
- Well, He Tried: You're just not cool these days unless you have a book trailer for your book. Gary Shteyngart's video for Super Sad True Love Story is a shining example of of what a book trailer should be. Kevin Guilfoile's, is, well.... Take a look.
Even for what's clearly supposed to be spoof on your typical book trailer (I hope) — the cheesy intro, canned music... gah. Seriously, a laugh track? And yeah, we get it...you're counting to a thousand because the book is called The Thousand. Good one. It is allowable to have more than one sad bit in your whole video.
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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Powells.com. Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.
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