Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Library Fight in West Bend

This story has been going on for a while, but CNN just published an update on July 22.

Here's the link to the CNN story:


Basically, a group of people have gotten together and decided that books in the teen area that depict sex and homosexuality should be removed from the collection or put in a place where teens have to get parent permission to check out the books.

What do you guys think? Have you read any books that you feel are "inappropriate"? Do you feel the access to books for teenagers should be limited? Are books in the teen collection too racy? Are teens really influenced by these types of books? Or should teens have access to all materials? Share your thoughts here!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2009 Teen Summer Reading Program

Express Yourself @ Your Library
126 Teens Enrolled
332 Teen Weekly Prizes over 5 Weeks
Teens Volunteered 166 hours so far this summer!

Art Gallery & Open Mic Night Contestant Winners are:
Video Category - Sami Suszka
6-9 grade category
Hillary Vara - 1st prize winner
Kelly Christensen - 2nd place winner

10-12 grade category
Sarah Koehler - 1st place winner
Kelyy Christensen - 2nd place winner

3D Art
6-9 grade category Hannah Stein - 1st place winner
Natalie Vara - 2nd place winner

10-12 grade category
Hillary Vara - 1st place winner
Kelly Christensen - 2nd place winner

2D Art
6-9 grade category
Tom Noll - 1st place winner
Lydia Horn - 2nd place winner
Emile Bowen 2nd Place winner

10-12 grade category
Ashley Chic - 1st place winner

Grand Prize drawings
Aphrodite Dress - Many Baxter
KK Photography - Cassandra Pokorny
Garmin Geocaching - Matthew Boster
Night in the Village - Brittany Chic

Monday, July 13, 2009


Tokyopop Rating Systems-Revolutionizing how "MANGA" is Rated. Taking into account language, violence, gore, sexual themes, and nudity, as well as other issues, the new TOKYOPOP rating guide includes more than 40 content indicators divided among TOKYOPOP original five age ranges. After each manga's careful review by an in-house ratings committee, up to four selected content indicators will be published on the back of each book, with a complete list available at http://www.tokyopop.com/

TOKYOPOP Rating System

All agesAppropriate for ages 6 and up.May contain cartoon violence and potty humor.
Youth Age 10+Appropriate for ages 10 and up.May contain mild language, fantasy violence and bullying.

Teen Age 13+Appropriate for ages 13 and up.May contain infrequent and mild profanity, mild violence and gore, crude humor, mild sexual language and themes, nondescript nudity, and mild fanservice, as well as references to tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drug use.

Older Teen Age 16+Appropriate for ages 16 and up.May contain profanity and strong language, moderate violence and gore, moderate sexual themes and sexual violence, nudity, moderate fanservice, and alcohol and illegal drug use.

Mature Ages 18+Appropriate for ages 18 and up.May contain excessive profanity and language; intense violence; excessive gore; explicit sexual language, themes and violence; and explicit fanservice.

We've compiled a list for retailers and librarians of our recommended bestseller based on the ratings system.If you have any questions about TOKYOPOP indicators, please e-mail ratings@tokyopop.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Art Gallery & Open Mic

The teen final program will display the art and craft work turned in during the summer.

An Open Mic time will give teens a chance to win prizes awarded by their peers. Snacks will be provided. All teen prizes will be given out at this event.