YA Strike Zone April 2017

No Safe Space Haven in a Public World Anthony Bernier Few clichés promise to do more damage to libraries than claiming to be “safe spaces.” Libraries are not safe spaces. At the very least, such a claim perpetuates an immodest... (Continue reading)

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Electronic Eye April 2017

Defining Moments by Omnigraphics Kathleen Meulen Documentary season is upon my freshmen students. This yearly spring English project sees my ninth graders identifying a topic of personal interest, researching it, and then crafting a product that furthers understanding of their... (Continue reading)

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2016 VOYA Teen Poetry Contest Winners Announced

VOYA Magazine happy to announce the five winners of the 2016 Teen Poetry Contest. Congratulations to: “Rat -a-Tat” by Allie Humphrey, age 18, sponsored by Tim Carrier, young adult services manager, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library “Welcome to America” by Huangzewen Qian, age... (Continue reading)

The Library’s Role in Protecting Teens’ Privacy

RoseMary Ludt The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) outlined a plan in the document “Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools,” published in January 2016, to surveil the use of the Internet by at-risk teens. Dr. Mary K. Chelton, co-founder of VOYA Magazine... (Continue reading)

Wouldn’t You Like to Know . . . Katelyn Detweiler

Stacey Hayman Katelyn Detweiler was lucky enough to spend her early years in the kind of setting you would expect to find in all the truly great childhood classics: an old farmhouse, smack dab in the middle of wide-open fields,... (Continue reading)