When you’re looking for your next read, do you like to read about someone just like you, who’s going through the same things you’re experiencing? Or do you like to read about someone totally different, in a part of the world you’ve never seen? Either way is valid. It’s important to have a variety of books on the shelves so all readers can see themselves represented, or learn about something new.
But did you know that out of 3,200 books for young people published last year, only 93 of them were about black people? 69 books were written about Asians or Asian-Americans, 57 about Latinos, and only 34 about Native Americans. Does that seem right to you? (See the full study at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.)
There’s a grassroots campaign happening to bring awareness of the lack of diversity in youth literature, and we here at the Mission Viejo Library Teen Voice are throwing in our support. We need diverse books!
Please click to enlarge the following photos and read what our teen bloggers have to say.
Wenqing Z., 11th grade
Nicole G., 10th grade
Allison Tran, Teen Services Librarian
And sometimes, we need the simple wisdom of Success Kid…
photo by flickr user bobbie vie
Local middle school students listen up: If you’re interested in learning the latest hip-hop moves, then sign up for the new 6-week Hip-Hop class that’s part of the Middle School Enrichment Program at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.
More than 40 years old, hip-hop dance became widely known after the first professional street-based dance crews formed in the 1970s. Led by Artist Director Sharon Sandor of Sol Dance Academy, the hour-long class, which starts February 26 at 3:45 p.m., will teach students an array of cool moves, and they’ll be invited to show off their newfound skills at this year’s Arts Alive Festival and Street Painting event on May 3.
Along with hip-hop, the Middle School After-School Enrichment Program features a cornucopia of courses like print making, guitar, pottery, financial basics for teens, Algebra, chess club and art.
Participants must be in grades 6 – 8 to take part in the courses that each cost $25. Register online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org or call 949-470-3062.
The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center is at 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA.
Lauren Oliver, author of the New York Times bestelling Delirium series, visited the Mission Viejo Library earlier this year to discuss the finale to her spellbinding dystopian trilogy, Requiem.
Two members of the Teen Blog Team, Mariah and Sonya, sat down with Lauren to chat about her writing, what it was like to wrap up the Delirium series, and what she’s working on next.
Listen to the interview!
File hosting courtesy of archive.org. Intro music by Ukulele Jim.
The Mission Viejo Library Teen Voice is a book blog written for teens, by teens.
A group of motivated teens will share their enthusiasm for young adult literature and earn volunteer service credit under the guidance of the Mission Viejo Library’s Teen Services Librarian.
Watch this space for more!