September 2005


It’s not a case of where’s Waldo, but a case of where’s Jeeves. The familiar butler Jeeves has disappeared from the Ask Jeeves website. In fact the website is being redirected to Ask.com. Ask.com is the new Ask Jeeves.

According to the spokesmen for Jeeves, the change is an attempt to upgrade the image of the search engine. Market research determined the P.J. Wodehouse character, Jeeves, sent a subtle message that the website/search engine was out of date. So everything old is new again!

Although I didn’t read anything about Ask Jeeves for Kids, I assume website will change as well. However as of 9:00, September 29, Ask Jeeves for Kids has not changed.

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This message was posted on the lm_net listserv by Beth Yoke

“Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative of YALSA that encourages teens to make time to read for the fun of it, and is celebrated this year from Oct. 16-22. This year’s theme is “Get Real! @ your library” and encourages teens to explore the world of nonfiction books, such as biographies, how-to books, strange but true stories and more. To learn more or to access free resources to help you celebrate this event, go to www.ala.org/teenread.

Why should you participate in Teen Read Week? Because according to the National Assessment for Educational Progress, the number of 17-year-olds who reported never or hardly ever reading for fun rose from 9 percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004. The percentage of 17-year-olds who read daily dropped from 31 to 22 percent. Furthermore, students who indicated that they read for fun almost every day had higher average reading scores in 2004 than those who said that they never or hardly ever read for fun.”

A Million Little Pieces is James Frey’s shocking true story about his battle with addiction and his gut-wrenching journey to recovery. At age 23, after a decade of drug and alcohol abuse, Frey hasn’t just hit rock bottom, he’s knocking on Death’s door. One more drink or one more drug, the doctors tell him, will kill him. But this will be no ordinary stint in rehab—in a move that’s both courageous and obstinate, Frey rejects the Twelve Step Program and chooses his own path to sobriety. Raw and honest, Frey’s descriptions of his withdrawal and the Fury that rages inside jump off the page and pull you in. A Million Little Pieces is an unforgettable account of how far one man will go to destroy himself and what it takes to turn him around.” http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/featbook/mlp/obc_featbook_mlp_main.jhtml

It’s fall and LJ is throwing a Fall Book Bash from September 5 – October 28 and they want you to win! 100 winners will randomly be chosen to win prizes for their libraries. Click on http://sweeps.libraryjournal.com/sweepstakes/fall_book_bash/ to read about the contest.

This message is being sent as an “information only” item and does indicate support for the contest by Region VII.

Banned Books Week is September 24-October 1, 2005. Did you know that The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is the most challenged book? Visit ALA for the list of the 10 most challenged books.

Also read what it means to censor a book at the ALA site:

http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm

Most of the information is found under Banned Books Week.

Why are books banned? How do you handle a book or material that is challenged? Does your district have a good process for dealing with challenged materials/books? If you don’t know the answer to that question, look for the “Reconsideration of Materials” in your School Board Policy Manual.

This is from the new NSTA newsletter and is a great resource for schools that either don’t have a large video collection or are in need of more resources. http://www.teachersdomain.org/ Teachers’ Domain is a multimedia digital library that offers high-quality, standards-based multimedia from NOVA, American Experience, and other public television productions and partners, video and interactive media, lesson plans, and background articles for each resource. Current content includes information on predicting the path and intensity of hurricanes, as well as an informational quiz and additional resources. Registration is free, as is all content on the site. Teachers’ Domain is produced by WGBH Boston.

According to Time Magazine, here are the 50 coolest websites.

http://www.time.com/time/2005/websites/

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