The Teens of Salem Public Library Win the Summer Reading Video Contest

Congratulations to Salem Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board and Teen Librarian Sonja Somerville for winning the 2016 teen summer reading video challenge! Watch their winning video online now.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016. For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition received a monetary award of $150 and the awards can be used as each winner sees fit. You can watch the winning videos from other states on the CSLP website.

You may use any of these videos to promote your own summer reading program!They are great for posting on your website and social media.

If you think teens at your library might want to participate in CSLP’s Teen Video Challenge, start planting the idea in their heads now so they’re motivated to create their own video for the 2017 teen summer reading video challenge. The 2017 summer reading theme and slogan will be Build A Better World. Information about participating in the 2017 Teen Video Challenge will be sent out next winter.

 

“The Teen Video Challenge is an annual event from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which encourages teens to create their own 30-90 second videos promoting Summer Reading. One winner from Oregon will represent us on the national CSLP website, and all the state winners will be posted for anyone to use to promote their “Spark a Reaction” teen summer reading program for 2014. Each state’s winners will also receive a cash prize of $275, plus their public library gets goodies from Upstart/Highsmith/Demco worth $125.

We had two terrific entries this year, one from Cedar Mill Library and one from Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham. To place your vote:

1) go to the OYAN TVC channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/OregonTVC) by midnight this Sunday

2) click on the 2014 TVC Playlist

3) watch the videos

4) rejoice that such amazing talents glow so bright among our young people

5) place your vote by clicking “Like” for the one you like best.

Here’s a direct link to the 2014 TVC OR entries playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYO8v5sRnw5piBTcry69yIyP08S2-n7Xv

Go! Vote! Rejoice!”

Your OYAN CSLP Liaison,
Abbie Anderson

What I learned at ALA: Part 4 – The Digital Lives of Tweens and Teens

This year’s President’s program was a joint effort between YALSA and ALSC focused on youth, ages 10-14 years.  The program had two presenters: Drs. Michelle Poris and Stephen Abram, VP of Gale Cengage Learning.  Dr. Poris is the owner/director of Smarty Pants, a marketing research firm specializing in youth and families.  Dr. Abrams is a futurist – one of those guys that reads like crazy and thinks about what the future will look like.

Ms. Poris started with the program with a look at the developmental processes of this age group.  And for this presentation she conducted a representational study of 415 10-14 year olds.  Some stats presented later in this post.

The key things I learned were:

  • Hey! Guess what!  Puberty drives many of the interests and behaviors of tweens!
  • All the messages about obesity being bad may be creating more body image issues.
  • The growth towards abstract thinking not only lets them think big thoughts, but they develop a more sophisticated sense of humor…as in irony, sarcasm, and puns.
  • These kids are MORE connected to parents than previous generations – cell phones make it easier to stay in contact and more kids consider their parents to be their friends.  However, all the extra curricular activities get in the way of spending time together.
  • At the same time, parents are often OVER-involved in their child’s life.  They may need “permission” to develop social connections outside of the family.  Luckily, new technology makes that easier than ever.
  • School performance has become a big issue with increasingly higher rates of anxiety, depression and etc.

Now, about technology…

  • TV is still on top, followed by music, online, video games, movies, outdoor activities, and reading for the 1o year olds.  By age 13-14 TV is still the most used technology, but texting is #4 and books have moved to the bottom of the list.
  • Tweens are multi-tasking to the max.
  • Top 50 brands for tweens include 15 digital brands with Wii and IPod touch in the lead.
  • Reality TV is the favorite type of show.
  • Games, Facebook, and being outdoors are favorite activities.
  • With all the gadgets, this age group has never had to wait to look things up.  It’s right at their fingertips.
  • Only 63% of the surveyed tweens counted books as an important way to keep up to date.  76% would rather watch a movie  BUT 75% say “I learn things from books that are just as important as the things I learn in school.”

And finally, if you want to keep up with trends, two free newsletters are YPulse and kidscreen.

On to the future…Dr. Abram says we’re in a Renaissance!

  • Children’s brains have changed – IQ’s are up 10-15 points.
  • TV and video games have changed the mapping of the brain.
  • Text-based learning is now in the minority.  Digital media contribute more; Google for text, YouTube for video, and itunes for auditory learning.
  • Video games lay the scaffold for learning and teachers should follow this method of building on success.  Fun fact: surgeons who play videogames have 30% higher success rates.

The world in 2020…

  • By 2014 many devices will be gone (CDs, DVDs, etc.) and the world will rely on wireless data streams;
  • Gesture computing will be on the rise (think Kennect);
  • More teens rely on Jon Stewart and Steven Cobert for their news than newspapers or other news programs.
  • The urban/rural divide continues but the digital divide is disappearing due to smartphones.
  • People will engage with and play primarily in the virtual world.
  • We’ll have multiple careers, many of which haven’t been identified yet.

Bottom-line…

It behooves us to get comfortable with Google+, Skype, video games, etc., and think about connecting with our patrons in the virtual world as well as in the bricks and mortar.  And that is especially true for connecting with tweens.

That’s it from ALA.

Susan

YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app is now available

Posted on behalf of Sara Ryan, YALSA Board Member and OYAN member.
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YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists on their smartphone.  Find out more at:  http://www.ala.org/yalsa/products/teenbookfinder

Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the app now!

App features include:

  • a homepage featuring three titles from the database, refreshed each day
  • the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
  • a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library
  • a Favorites button, to create an individualized booklist
  • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook
  • and more!

An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2012.

The app is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The app was developed by Ora Interactive.

Teen Video Challenge 2011

Here’s a great contest to promote to teens at your library!

Teens aged 13-18 years old are invited to participate in the 2011 Collaborative Summer Library Program video challenge! The task? Create a public service announcement (PSA) to promote the library’s 2011 summer reading program, “You Are Here!” The teen or group of teens who submit the winning video will receive $250, and their Oregon public library will receive $100. The winning entry will also be submitted to the national CSLP, and if approved, will be made available online for other libraries to use in promoting their programs. Entries are due by March 15, 2011!

Click the links below to download the PDF documents!

Contest Details – Oregon

Contest Overview

Entry Form

Model Release Form

Schools deal with new technology

As I mentioned in my brief talk at the OYAN Geek Out! Program, I’ve been taking part in a technology planning project at the Beaverton School District over the past few months.  I tried to summarize some of the main trends that many schools are dealing with in my talk.  Some in attendance asked about the articles that I referenced.  Here are a few links to some of the research we have been looking at.
Mark R.

Edweek Article on schools allowing cell phones as instructional tools.

This is a State-wide online initiative that will offer students online alternatives.

This research comes from ESD 112 in WA and centered around classroom technology support instructional strategies.

6 Steps to Building a Successful School Laptop Program

The Learning Return on Our Educational Technology Investment:

Enterprise Wireless and Student-Owned Equipment:

What do they think?  Student thoughts on how schools can use technology more effectively to improve learning:
Please watch the video – there is a section where students share what would be most helpful for them in their learning.

Students Sound Off on School Tech Use from Education Week on Vimeo.


This article is a short explanation of how one school district used google apps to solve some of its tech problems.