YALSA and Cable in the Classroom offer opportunity to combine technology and poetry

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



312-280-4387

ngilbert@ala.org

For Immediate Release


October 17, 2003

YALSA and Cable in the Classroom offer opportunity to combine technology and poetry

Cable in the Classroom (CIC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) have teamed up to offer a unique opportunity for teachers and librarians to celebrate Teen Read Week 2003 (October 19 – 25, 2003), themed “Slammin’@ your library.” Teachers and librarians will combine poetry and technology through a pilot program called Project Cam.
The project, done with Web cams and broadband access, allows school and public libraries in different locations to collaborate and create a virtual Teen Read Week poetry celebration.

“Today's teens have embraced poetry and enjoy creating social events focused on this literary format,” said YALSA President Audra Caplan.
“This unique collaboration between YALSA and CIC will foster school and public library partnerships in a new and creative way, and will give young adults a new venue to express themselves.”

Any combination of two school library media centers or public libraries, classroom teachers or school library media specialists can plan a project together.
The collaboration can be a virtual poetry slam, an open mic reading between two locations, a high school class reading poetry to an elementary class, a Spanish class reading poems to another Spanish class or something altogether different.

"We're delighted that the launch of Project Cam offers us an opportunity to collaborate with YALSA and to support Teen Read Week in a unique way,” said Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom Peggy O'Brien. “Project Cam's real-time, cutting-edge technology makes it possible for educators and students across the country and around the world to share poetry face-to-face. They'll be connecting with people they would otherwise never meet.
Connecting is what poetry, technology and good teaching are all about."

CIC leads the cable telecommunications industry's commitment to education - to improve teaching and learning for children in schools, at home and in their communities. This is the only industry-wide philanthropic initiative of its kind; since 1989, 8,500 cable companies and 39 cable networks have provided free access to commercial-free, educational cable content and new technologies to 81,000 public and private schools, reaching 78 percent of K-12 students.

Teen Read Week supporting organizations include: American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, International Reading Association, Kids Care, KIDSNET, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, New Line Cinema, SmartGirl.org, The N/Noggin, Speak Up Press, and
TeenInk.

Corporate sponsors include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, HarperCollins Books for Children, Harcourt, Inc. and Morningstar Foods, Inc.
Scholastic, Inc. is a corporate friend of Teen Read Week and Pamela Spencer Holley is an individual friend.

For more information visit the Teen Read Week web site at

www.ala.org/teenread
, or contact YALSA at 312-280-4387, or e-mail:

yalsa@ala.org
.