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Excellence in library services to young adults : the nation's top programs
Chelton, Mary K.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 78 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Z718.5 .E93 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This text attempts to help librarians and educators turn teenagers into library lovers. The book presents 30 library programs geared towards serving the new and unique young adult market.

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Booklist Review

Chelton confronts the prevailing stereotype of teens as trouble in the library, and her introduction should be required reading for library administrators as well as for those who work with young people. She makes a strong case that libraries are not just for shy loners seeking refuge, but for teens in the mainstream who need a place to do homework, talk about books, learn and teach the technology, and find a safe place in the community. Her argument is supported by descriptions of 30 prizewinning programs, chosen from 99 submissions, which show teens as volunteers, employees, and mentors, as well as users of every service from computers to ESL poetry readings to cross-generational reading programs that connect school, library, and community. --Hazel Rochman

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Top Five
1. Community School District (Iowa)p. 3
2. Houston Public Library (Texas)p. 5
3. Medford Library, Jackson County Library Services (Oregon)p. 8
4. Hennepin County Library (Minnesota)p. 11
5. The Free Library of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)p. 13
The Best of The Rest
Collaborative Efforts
6. Berkeley Public Library (California)p. 17
7. Cumberland County Public Library (North Carolina)p. 20
8. Danbury Public Library (Connecticut)p. 22
9. Shaker Heights Public Library (Ohio)p. 24
Education Support
10. Oakland Public Library (California)p. 26
11. Castroville Branch Library of the Monterey County Free Libraries (California)p. 29
Information Services
12. Seattle Public Library (Washington)p. 32
13. Seattle Public Library System (Washington)p. 34
14. Riverside Public Library (California)p. 37
15. Sacred Heart Preparatory (California)p. 39
16. Teton County Library (Wyoming)p. 42
17. East Lansing Public Library (Michigan)p. 45
18. Davenport Public Library (Iowa)p. 47
Reading Promotion
19. Levittown Regional Public Library, Bucks County Free Library (Pennsylvania)p. 49
20. Cumberland County Public Library (North Carolina)p. 51
21. Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (Arizona)p. 53
22. Novi Middle School, Novi Community Schools (Michigan)p. 55
23. San Antonio Public Library System (Texas)p. 57
24. King County Library System (Washington)p. 59
25. W. R. Coile Middle School, Clarke County School District (Georgia)p. 61
Staff Development
26. Queens Borough Public Library (New York)p. 64
Teen Read Week
27. Liberal Memorial Library (Kansas)p. 66
Youth Participation
28. LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library (Florida)p. 68
29. Shaker Heights Public Library (Ohio)p. 70
30. Echo Park Branch, Los Angeles Public Library (California)p. 73
Indexp. 75