Monday, June 07, 2004

Appealing to teens: The Fargo, N.D., Forum (registration required) spotlights the public library's first teen librarian, 23-year-old Jake Fejedelem, whose job is to make a more welcoming place for sixth- to 12th-graders. First priority: get rid of the outdated Christopher Pike horror novels and Sweet Valley High paperbacks from the '80s and early '90s, and replace them with graphic novels, video game guides and more current books:

"There's a constant turn-over in YA (young adult) literature. You've got to be vigilant, make sure you're cool."