Tintin at 80

Tintin & Snowy

Tintin & Snowy

This Saturday the 10th January marks the 80th anniversary of Tintin‘s first appearance in Le Petit Vingtième.

Tintin has remained consistently popular with children, teens and adults for the past 80 years. The 80th anniversary comes amidst news that the long-awaited Tintin film (to be directed by Steven Spielberg and a script written by Doctor Who scribe Steven Moffat) is due to be released in 2010.

While the filming is only due to start in February, the film once released may be used as a taster of Tintin to get reluctant readers interested in trying the books themselves.

Teen Librarian Monthly December

The December edition of Teen Librarian Monthly is available to download here

This month’s edition contains information on Leeds Central Library’s Tokyopop ReCon event, Northern Ireland’s Libraries have been running Manga and Fashion Comic workshops, groupthing launches in January and 2008 saw the release of a number of movies that are based on YA Literature.

Lastly, the Eight Questions With… author interview is with Sam Enthoven author of The Black Tattoo and TIM Defender of the Earth

Enticing teenagers into the Library

Enticing teenagers into the library by:  Clare Snowball Faculty of Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Click on the title for an excellent and informative article on enticing teens into the library by Clare Snowball.

Twilight: Supernatural Sweet Valley High?

That is how the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer was described to me by a friend (who shall remain nameless lest his life be threatened by hordes of fangirls).  I have not read the series yet as the waiting list is over a month long in my local library, my name is down to receive the books when my turn comes round and I shall form an opinion once I have read them.  They are proving to be incredibly popular and as a colleague said in passing:  “Anything that gets teens to read has to be good for libraries!”

There is even a facebook site dedicated to girls who have decided not to wait for Prince Charming and instead are waiting for their Edward Cullen to arrive,  it has just under 50 000 members at present.  I have read that in America a number of bookstores and libraries have held Twilight midnight proms (to celebrate the release dates of the books).  Going by the level of popularity the movie version has been experiencing and by extension the book series, it should be possible to hold similar events in UK Libraries (pending health & safety checks of course).

Teen Librarian Monthly November

The TLM Edition for November is available here:TLM November

All change please

Welcome to the WordPress version of Teen Librarian UK!  The old site was just so ugly and getting to be a pain to maintain so I decided to move in the direction of a useful, light and not unattractive-looking CMS blogging thing.

Any comments on the new look and also (as usual) any suggestions on how to improve it will be welcomed!

A visit to Walker Books

I was fortunate enough to be invited to have lunch(Burritos) at Walker Books and discuss their forthcoming Graphic Novel and Manga line with Fiona MacDonald and a colleague (whose name escapes me at the moment).

The meal was excellent as I am a Burrito fan (picked that habit up from watching too much Invader Zim – but that is another tale altogether). What really made me excited was the books that they hav lined up for release starting next year. The first book we looked at was Skim a graphic novel written and drawn by Canadian cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. This book has been nominated for a number of literary awards in the USA and Canada and has just been nominated for the Canadian Governor-General’s Award which has sparked some controversy, for more details on that click here and here.

The other titles lined up for release include Glister by Andi Watson, Vermonia – a manga series by Studio YoYo. Vermonia will also contain hidden clues within the illustrations to enable readers to take part in an online game. Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz is also undergoing the Graphic Novel treatment, Salem Brownstone: All along the Watchtowers a gothic graphic novel by John Dunning and Nikhil Singh and finally (for now anyway) The Legend of Robin Hood.

For more details on Walker Books Graphic Novels click this link

Teen Librarian Monthly

2006

May 1.1

June 1.2

July 1.3

August 1.4

September 1.5 – Manga Special

October 1.6

November 1.7

December 1.8

2007

January 2.1

February 2.2

March 2.3

April 2.4

May 2.5

June 2.6

July 2.7

August 2.8

September2.9

October2.10

November2.11

Anne Harding

Anne is an independent trainer and lecturer. She specialises in effective provision for children and young people in the museums, libraries and archives and education sectors. Anne provides numerous courses every year on working with teenagers.

Recent clients for her teenage training include CILIP, Yorkshire Museum Libraries and Archives Council, the Youth Libraries Group and the National Maritime Museum, as well as many local authorities.

Anne tailors all her courses to requirements. These are the topics most frequently requested on her teenage training days for library staff: teenagers’ needs and strategies for meeting them; the strengths and weaknesses of current teenage provision; methods for encouraging library use; communication and behaviour; appropriate resources and ways to exploit them; Youth Matters, Fulfilling Their Potential and other legislation and initiatives; implications for policy and practice.

You can find more information about Anne’s training on her website, www.anneharding.net, and can contact her on anne@anneharding.net.

Jerry Hurst

Jerry Hurst is an experienced freelance trainer and consultant, working across the UK with libraries, museums, archives, schools, youth services and other agencies. He provides high quality consultancy and effective, inspiring training courses, workshops and seminars, focusing on reader development, learning, marketing and service planning & delivery. Jerry
contributes to work across the full range of service provision, but work with teenagers remains one of his specialisms.

Jerry was previously Head of Young People’s Library Services in the London Borough of
Southwark, where he developed Homework Help Clubs and Teenage Reading Groups and co-ordinated the initial planning and implementation of Reading Re:mix across south-east London. Jerry has also provided teenage reading training on behalf of The Reading Agency and he regularly delivers independent training and consultancy across the UK focusing on services for teenagers.

You can find Jerry online at www.jerryhurst.co.uk, e-mail him on jerry@jerryhurst.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 8364 6166.