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Title:
Serving older teens
Author:
Anderson, Sheila B.
Publication Information:
Wesport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, [2004]

©2004
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xxiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780313317620
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Book

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In this lively and practical guide, notable teen experts and practitioners explain why service to teens in this age range is so important, and how you can enhance your collection and services to accommodate and win over this important group. Topics range from understanding older teen needs and creating a vital teen space to building and promoting a winning collection. Brimming with valuable insights, fresh ideas, as well as nuts and bolts directions, this is a must-read for all librarians who work with older teens.

While libraries have traditionally offered diverse materials, services, and programs for children and even young teens based on their developmental needs, older teens (aged 16-19) are too often left out, with the excuse that older teens aren't interested. On the threshold of adulthood, these young people have immense informational needs that libraries are in a wonderful position to supply: information about colleges, about work, about relationships, and leisure activities. In this lively and practical guide, notable teen experts and stellar practitioners Sheila Anderson, Amy Alessio, Patrick Jones, Robin Lupa, and Kristine Mahood explain why service to teens in this age range is so important, and how you can enhance your collection and services to accommodate and win over this important group. Topics range from understanding older teen needs and creating a vital teen space to building and promoting a winning collection. Brimming with valuable insights, fresh ideas, as well as nuts-and-bolts directions, this is a must-read for all librarians who work with older teens.


Author Notes

SHEILA B. ANDERSON is Director, Dover Public Library, Delaware. She has served on the YALSA Board of Directors, the Selected DVDs and Videos for Young Adults Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and the Best of the Best Books for Young Adults Preconference Committee. She is also a YALSA Serving the Underserved (SUS) Trainer, as well as the recipient of the France Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant and the Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grant. She was elected to ALA Council-at-Large in 2003. In 2004 she was appointed to the ALA Children's Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee.


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School Library Journal Review

Anderson offers some great advice about planning teen programs (often at little or no cost). She suggests books that address such topics as driving, death, depression, college, financial management, and more, as well as how to find people who might present these programs. The last few chapters were written by experts on the subjects: Amy Alessio on teen spaces that will attract older teens, Patrick Jones on the reading interests of older teens, Anderson herself on realistic fiction, Kristine Mahood on booktalking, and Robyn Lupa on nonprint collections. A valuable resource for YA librarians.-Marlyn K. Beebe, City of Long Beach Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Sheila B. AndersonSheila B. AndersonAmy AlessioPatrick JonesSheila B. AndersonKristine MahoodRobyn Lupa
Series Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
1 On the Verge of Adulthood: Older Teens and the Libraryp. 1
At What Age Does a Teenager Become an "Older" Teenager?p. 4
Older Teenagers Todayp. 5
Demographics of Older Teensp. 6
Developmental Stage of Late Adolescencep. 12
Late Adolescence Versus Adulthoodp. 14
Are Older Teenagers Using the Public Library?p. 18
Special Considerations in Serving Older Teenagersp. 19
Nontraditional Older Teenagersp. 22
Conclusionp. 23
References and Suggested Readingsp. 24
2 Need to Know, Chance to Grow: Nonfiction Resources and Programming Ideas for Older Teensp. 27
Need to Know: Importance of Nonfictionp. 28
Chance to Grow: Significance of Programmingp. 31
Suggested Nonfiction Resources and Programming Ideasp. 33
Beauty: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall..."p. 33
Careers: Still Asking, "What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?"p. 34
College: Four More Years of WHAT?p. 37
Help with Growing into Adulthood: Almost an Adult, But Not Quitep. 40
Death, Grief, and Depression: Hard to Keep Your Chin Up?p. 44
Fitness, Dieting, and Eating Disorders: Every Body Has Body Issuesp. 45
Driving: Freedom at Last!p. 47
Money and Finance: Don't Let It Burn a Hole in Your Pocketp. 49
Jobs: Workin' for a Livin'p. 50
Law: Miranda and Morep. 52
The Military: Just One More Push-Up!p. 53
Philosophy and Psychology: Deep Thinkersp. 55
Popular Culture: Today It's Avril Lavigne, Who Knows About Tomorrow?p. 58
Reading and Book Groups: Now, That's Entertainment!p. 63
Relationships and Sexuality: "And I Met This Great Guy But My Parents Hate Him ..."p. 65
Religion and Spirituality: "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret."p. 72
Secondary Education: High School, Home School, and Morep. 74
Stress: I Scream, You Scream, Edvard Munch Screams!p. 77
Volunteerism: Need a Hand?p. 78
War, Peace, and Terrorism: The World Around Usp. 79
Writing, Research, and Study Skills: Life Essentialsp. 81
Conclusionp. 83
References and Suggested Readingsp. 84
3 Respect for the Future: Making Space for Older Teensp. 87
Planningp. 88
What's in Demand?p. 89
What Materials Are Already Available?p. 90
Do Teens Know What the Library Offers?p. 91
Designing the Dream Spacep. 94
Some Quick Furniture Fixesp. 96
Focusing the Collection for Older Teensp. 97
Collection Challengesp. 99
Physical Space Problems with Older Teensp. 99
Reality Checkp. 100
Keeping It Freshp. 100
Virtually Expanding the Spacep. 101
Marketing Outside of the Spacep. 101
Conclusionp. 102
References and Suggested Readingsp. 102
4 The Hip and Well-Read: The Reading Interests of Older Teensp. 105
Reading Researchp. 108
Cutting Edgep. 112
Cult Fiction and Nonfictionp. 118
The Booksp. 121
Cutting Edge Fiction for Older Teens: A Core Collection of Fifty Books in Paperbackp. 121
Cult Fiction for Older Teens: A Core Collection of Fifty Booksp. 122
Cult Nonfiction for Older Teens: A Core Collection of Fifty Booksp. 124
Suggested Readingsp. 126
5 Real Books for Real Teens: Realistic Fiction for Older Teensp. 129
Realistic Fiction: A Brief Historyp. 129
Why Read and Promote Realistic Fiction?p. 136
Recommended Realistic Fictionp. 138
Abusep. 138
Alcoholism and Drug Usep. 139
Death, Grief, and Depressionp. 140
Delinquency and Violencep. 141
Eating Disorders and Weight Controlp. 142
Emotional Problemsp. 143
Family Problemsp. 144
High School Lifep. 145
Homosexuality and Bisexualityp. 148
Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 149
Mental Challengesp. 152
Physical Challengesp. 153
Pregnancy and Teen Parentingp. 154
Prejudice and Ethnicityp. 155
Runaways and Homelessnessp. 156
Universities and Collegesp. 157
Conclusionp. 157
References and Suggested Readingsp. 158
6 Off the Page and Onto the Stage: Booktalking to Older Teensp. 161
It's Fun to Booktalk to Older Teensp. 161
Nonfictionp. 163
Informational Nonfictionp. 164
Personal Interest Nonfictionp. 164
School-Related Nonfictionp. 165
Finding Nonfiction Titlesp. 166
Sample Nonfiction Booktalksp. 167
Popular Young Adult Fictionp. 168
Popular Young Adult Fiction Genresp. 168
Realistic Young Adult Fictionp. 170
Finding Fiction Titlesp. 172
Young Adult Fiction Booktalksp. 173
Adult Fictionp. 175
Popular Adult Fictionp. 175
Realistic Adult Fictionp. 176
Finding Adult Fiction Titlesp. 177
Adult Fiction Booktalkp. 177
Classicsp. 178
Finding Classicsp. 178
Classics Booktalkp. 180
Booktalking Performancesp. 180
References and Suggested Readingsp. 182
7 Thinking Outside the Book: Nonprint Collections for Older Teensp. 189
Importance of Nonprint Materialsp. 190
Learning About Different Types of Nonprint Materialsp. 191
Displaying Nonprint Materialsp. 193
Videos and DVDsp. 193
Video and DVD Selection Toolsp. 194
Video and DVD Purchasing Decision Issuesp. 195
Musicp. 197
Learning About Teen Music Interestsp. 198
Music Selection Toolsp. 199
Computer Softwarep. 200
Computer Hardwarep. 201
Web Pagesp. 202
Library Web Pagesp. 202
Web Page Content Appealing to Older Teensp. 202
Chat Roomsp. 203
Electronic Databasesp. 204
Recorded Booksp. 205
Cassette Tapes Versus Compact Discsp. 205
Recorded Book Selection Toolsp. 206
References and Suggested Readingsp. 207
Indexp. 209
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 239