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1. Ypulse Essentials: Cartoon Network’s Upfront Announcements, ‘Anchorman’ Sequel In 2013, YouTube’s Search For Its Next Star

Cartoon Network is turning 20 this year, and it reveled in its position as the #1 network for 6 to 11 year old boys (during its upfront presentation this week. The network officially announced a few shows that we knew were coming — including... Read the rest of this post

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2. Ypulse Essentials: The White House Is Hip, Pinterest Is Growing, Millennials Are Watching Less TV

Showing that he’s hip to new music trends, President Obama (released an official 2012 campaign playlist on Spotify. There’s a little something for everyone here, including some REO Speedwagon, some Arcade Fire, some Ricky Martin, and, of... Read the rest of this post

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3. Power Moms Take Charge!

Power Moms Take Charge!

 If you haven’t heard yet, you are a powerful force on the Internet! The Nielsen Company (of the famous Nielsen Ratings) has studied you! Or at least a bunch of moms representing you.  And they say you “represent 20% of the online population”. Wow, considering there are an estimated 1.8 billion users worldwide, you are quite a force to be reckoned with! (Read more at Litland’s Parent-Teacher page)

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4. Ypulse Essentials: Fred's Tween Empire, MySpace Opens 'American Idol' Auditions, Pepsi To 'Crash The Super Bowl'

Lucas 'Fred' Cruikshank's tween empire (is growing with licensing deals, an upcoming sitcom and, yes, Fred: The Movie which, according to Variety, reg. required, will confirm parents' worst fears about prolonged exposure to the high-pitched... Read the rest of this post

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5. 30 Days of Back to School: Learning From Research

Research is a term that can be scary to a lot of people. For teens it might bring on fears of having to complete a research paper for which the process might not be well understood and therefore isn’t easy to complete. For adults it might seem that reading research reports is a boring and perhaps even an incomprehensible task. But, even though research can send shivers up one’s spine, reading current research can be really useful in helping understand how to best support teens in a community.

A few days ago the Pew Research Center for People and the Press released a report on news consumption. While on the surface this report might not seem like it has a connection to teen librarians, reading the report one learns that it does. The information in the report can help librarians serving the age group understand where teens get their news. This information can lead to understanding how and what type of new sources the library should provide for teens.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report earlier this week about the culture of apps. As the report notes, apps were not really a part of American life until just about two years ago. Now, for some people, they are a very common part of life. Again, while this report is not geared specifically to providing information about teen use of apps, it provides insight into the types of content teens are likely to be interested in when making app selections. And, as more and more libraries review apps for teens, and make app-related resources available, knowing about the data provided by Pew can help in app collection development and in providing information to teens about apps.

In the realm of apps, Nielsen released data earlier this month that demonstrates that games are the most widely used type of app. Again, this research isn’t focused on teen use of apps. But, with a large number of adults using game apps on phones, it might be extrapolated that teens with smartphones use their devices, at least in part, to play games. As with the information in the Pew report noted above, this game apps research can be used for collection development and information provision.

Keeping up on new research that’s specific to teens, or specific to another population, can often lead to insights about how to provide the best service possible to adolescents. The many research arms of the Pew Research Center and Nielsen are just two places for finding useful research and research data. What are the favorite data/research resources of YALSA Blog readers?

Don’t forget that later this fall, YALSA will launch its new research journal geared specifically to those interested in and working with teens in libraries. You can learn more about it, including how to submit an article, on the YALSA website.

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6. Ypulse Essentials: What’s Next For Watches, Social Media Stats, ‘Carrie Diaries’ Are Coming,

For a while, it looked like cell phones were going to put watchmakers out of business (but Gen Y is developing a retro fondness for timepieces…though the analog versions are treated as accessories, and wearers most often check their phones for... Read the rest of this post

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7. Thou Shall Not Dump The Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken



Kelsey has to move to the west coast from Boston with two months notice, because her mom decides to pursue her dream of going to law school. Now that Kelsey's folk's divorce is final, her mom says it's time for her. Hence the move to Cali and in with the grandparents for the duration of law school.

As Kelsey says, the move would have been better timed either before or after middle school. Having to negotiate a whole new 8th grade at a private school (and one for girls, at that) is never easy. Kelsey would have no friends at all if it weren't for her grandmother's best friend's granddaughter Amy. Actually, straight-laced Kelsey probably wouldn't be friends at all with Amy (who is a self proclaimed Punky Retro Goth Vegan with Straight Edge tendencies), if it weren't forced at first. But Amy turns out to be okay, and she opens Kelsey's eyes to the world of public school versus privilege.

As the reader whips through 8th grade, Kelsey decides to campaign to her parents for the right to go to public school. When she gets her wish, she certainly isn't thinking about boyfriends, but when semi-pro skater C.J. Logan comes to her rescue while she is babysitting her little bro at the skate park one day, she can't stop thinking about him. Soon she goes from obscurity of the new girl at a public high school, to being C.J.'s girl.

But what does it mean to be C.J.'s girlfriend? How often does she have to go to the park, or a jam, or a party with C.J.? And what happened to all those extra curriculars that Kelsey used to campaign for attendance at East Bay High? And what happens to the reputation of a girl who dumps the un-dumpable guy ... the one who is used to being the dumper not the dumpee?

Rosemary Graham has written a super fast paced piece of chick lit with quite a bit of substance. We follow Kelsey over 3 years in a mere 281 pages, but the reader doesn't feel rushed. The writing style is breezy and you blink and a couple months go by, but somehow it works. Kelsey is naive, but likable and C.J. is your typical popular guy. I have to admit, that I have a soft spot for the skater dude ( I married one after all), but this title easily translates to those who don't know skating, but do know about trying to negotiate the world of school, popularity while trying to stay true to oneself!

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8. Getting Air



I first grabbed this book off the pile at work because of the cover. Being married to a skater means that our family life is surrounded by things skateboarding related. Also, a good skateboarding story by Gutman would serve well at my school. Is this book about skating? Not-so-much.

Jimmy and his buddies (and little sister) are all on a plane, heading for California and the X-Games. Jimmy, David, and Henry (a.k.a. the woodpushers) are going to skate around and try to find sponsorship....or at least some free gear. Jimmy can't wait to get there. Not that he's scared to fly, but he just feels better on the ground.

Before they can get too far, the unthinkable happens. Terrorists are on the plane, hijacking it with plans on crashing. They quickly kill a stewardess and breech the cockpit. Jimmy can't believe it. His worst nightmare is happening, and the only other people on the plane are a bunch of old ladies heading to a knitting convention. They boys, with the help of hot stewardess Arcadia, put a plan in action to take down the terrorists.

The plane does end up crashing, and the boys, Jimmy's little sis Julia, Arcadia and one of the old women (Mildred) survive. But how will they end up surviving in the woods of the Canadian wilderness?

Now, I have never been a tween boy, but if this is what tween boy fantasies are like, then wow! This is a fast-paced adventure story that necessitates suspension of belief. Quite a bit happens in the week time period, but I won't pretend that I wasn't entertained. I just think that it's important to know that despite the cover (with a big gaff concerning the placement of the trucks on the skateboard pointed out by aforementioned husband) this is a survival story...not a skate story.

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9. Ypulse Essentials: Pipes On Campus, Blyks New Portal, Can MTV Get Its Groove Back?

The 'Slumdog' kids (the youngest cast members recall an unbelievable journey from Mumbai to the Academy Awards' red carpet) (Associated Press) - Pipes make a comeback on campus (tobacco pipes, that is. WSJ tracks a recent upward trend among college... Read the rest of this post

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10. Nielsen: Kids 'Are All But Living Online'

According to new research from Nielsen, the kids/tween online space is continuing to grow making Gen Z or whatever you want to call the coming wave of teens even more wired then the current generation. From the AdWeek article: Over the past five... Read the rest of this post

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11. Nielsen: Kids Watch 'More Than A Day Of Television Each Week'

Looks like the old electronic babysitter isn't going anywhere. According to new research from Nielsen reported in the Los Angeles Times, kids and tweens are watching what amounts to more than a day of television each week, marking an 8-year-high.... Read the rest of this post

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12. Ypulse Research Roundup: New Ypulse Report/Monitor, FEED & More

Today we bring you another installment of the latest youth research available for sale or download. Remember if your company has comprehensive research for sale that focuses on youth between the ages of 8 and 24, email me to be included in the next... Read the rest of this post

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