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by Sheryl Butterfield
Examiner.com – 27 June 2009

YA Central is Penguin publishers’ new online endeavor to attract teen readers. The network offers book information and entertainment specifically for teens. The site is being marketed to schools, libraries and parenting Web sites and blogs. Penguin, like other publishers in the industry, is experimenting with the latest online trends to reach a young adult market. New formats are especially important when seeking to connect books and new technologies.

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by Sandra Smith. 
Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services  – Dec 2008
 
Reading to babies, infants and toddlers is one of the most important things families can do with their children to develop their literacy. As a result of this and other evidence, Communities for Children Cranbourne has developed a partnership with the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation in an outreach program that rakes the library’s resources to places where the local community goes, via existing agencies and child friendly facilities.
 
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by Rob Reid
American Libraries – May 2009

I find myself in front of dozens of family groups each year, entertaining them with stories and songs at libraries, schools, festivals, and literacy programs. I thoroughly enjoy audiences where young children are joined by older siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, and friends.

This togetherness is in sharp contrast to my first introduction to public library story programs, in the early 1980s. I volunteered at my local library and was told, “Whatever you do, don’t let the parents in!”…

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by Vivien Chung
inCite – 1 April 2009

The article focuses on the Willoughby City Library, dominated by Chinese community group. It states that the library has been organising different activities for the Chinese customers with its extensive Chinese language collection that can widen its services to the Chinese community in the area. A book club for Chinese readers have been created to provide opportunity for people who enjoy reading books. It also cites the preparation and experiences of the organisers for the making of the club.

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by Jill Castek and Jessica Mangelson
Book Links – March 2009

Students at Grove Elementary have become celebrated authors due to the schoolwide online library they all helped build. By engaging students in online bookmaking, their librarian, Mrs. Silver, has inspired learners of all ages and reading abilities to become recognized authors. This column introduces free, easy-to-use resources that can be used to create online books, which can then be showcased in customized online libraries. In the process of becoming online authors, students learn to love writing.

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By Jill Castek and Jessica Mangelson
Book Links – September 2008

Sitting in the library’s alcove, 35 third- and fourth-grade students are captivated by the story the school librarian is reading aloud. Their engagement is evident in their bursts of laughter, spontaneous comments, and enthusiastic responses. As educators, we cherish the joy that sharing a book brings to all our students, especially our most reluctant readers.

Sharing stories paves a pathway toward a lifelong love of reading. With the power of today’s new technologies, multimedia texts can be used to extend reading experiences, and the free resources available online have made it easier than ever to do just that. Exposing students to the wide array of interactive books available online expands their vision of what literacy is and goes a long way toward creating a literacy-rich environment that benefits all students. The Web sites shared in this column are easy for kids to access in the library and in the classroom. They provide quality experiences with literature that are educational, engaging, and fun.

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by Leonie Margaret Rutherford
First Monday – 6 April 2009

The Internet has facilitated the coming together of formerly more separated youth taste cultures, such that literary, screen and graphic fandoms now more readily overlap. Media industries have invested in online strategies which create an ongoing relationship between producers and consumers of entertainment media texts. Using the Internet marketing campaign for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga as a case study, the paper examines the role of the publishing industry in marketing popular teen literary fiction through online channels in ways that often disguise promotional intent.

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By Calvin Reid
Library Journal- 1 April 2009

For librarians seeking to check out what their patrons’ favorite authors are doing, heading right to the source may be a great way to keep up. One option is through Red Room, a new start-up that aims to connect authors to their fans.

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by Sue North
InCite – 1 May 2008

The article discusses the role of the family literacy program developed in 2003 by the State Library of Western Australia called Better Beginnings. The program forms a partnership with families and communities to raise awareness on the importance of encouraging reading among children. The program also enables literacy professionals to develop links and reach out to communities. In 2008, over 46,000 families across Western Australia are reached by the program, showing attainment of its goals.

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by Jane Mathieson
APLIS – 1 June 2008

A review of the development, implementation and future of a major and very successful public libraries reader development strategy for 22 public libraries in the North West Region of the UK, with reference to the UK Year of Reading 2008. The strategy, which is included as an appendix to the paper, has served as a model for working across local government boundaries. Edited version of a paper presented at the Reading Critical conference, State Library of Victoria 11-12 April 2008.

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