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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

Any librarian who feels stuck will find an idea here to get things started. And anyone who accuses librarians of being dull will be amazed at what's happening in libraries across the country. Both inspiring and practical, the top YA library programs outlined here don't require huge outlays of capital and exhaustive grant writing. Chelton's thought-provoking introduction sets the scene for the book: the vision is grounded in the daily realities of school and public library work, in respect for teenagers, and in commitment to making a difference in the community. From networking through technology in an Alaskan high school, to a literacy program for teen parents and their babies in Decatur, Georgia; from homework centers, reading groups, and booktalks, to oral history projects, each program is presented in the same clear format, under headings that include Idea, Customers, Setting, Program Description, and Funding, and there's a person to contact to find out more. The book is the special project of Past ALA President Hardy Franklin's Committee for Customer Service to Youth: the painful vignette of Franklin being refused permission to use the library as an African American kid in 1939 is a compelling introduction to a book about extending access. ~--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