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The Truth about Teens: Young Adult Services Training for Children’s Librarians JULY 8, 2003. That was Then, This is Now Adolescent Development Marketing Programs & Books to Teens Reader’s Advisory for Teens Booktalks. Our Staff is Trained to Kill. Overreaching Tasks for Young Adults.

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The Truth about Teens:Young Adult Services Training for Children’s LibrariansJULY 8, 2003

  • That was Then, This is Now

  • Adolescent Development

  • Marketing Programs & Books to Teens

  • Reader’s Advisory for Teens

  • Booktalks

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Overreaching Tasks for Young Adults

  • Developing Identity

    • Can be characterized by the question, “Who are you and what do you represent?”

  • Seeking Acceptance

    • Teens will look both to peers and to adults outside of the family for acceptance as they constantly redefine their identity

  • Managing Excitement

    • Partially a result of hormones, teens can have an abundance of energy which needs an outlet

  • Gaining Independence

    • A gradual increase in independence, responsibility, decision making, and instances of rebellion

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Early Adolescence (12-14 years)

  • Movement Towards Independence

  • Struggle with sense of identity

  • Moodiness

  • Improved abilities to use speech to express oneself

  • More likely to express feelings by action than by words

  • Close friendships gain importance

  • Less attention shown to parents, with occasional rudeness

  • Realization that parents are not perfect; identification of their faults

  • Search for new people to love in addition to parents

  • Tendency to return to childish behavior, fought off by excessive activity

  • Peer group influence interests and clothing styles

  • Career Interests

  • Mostly interested in present and near future

  • Greater ability to work

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Early Adolescence (12-14 years)

  • Sexuality

  • Girls ahead of boys

  • Same-sex friends and group activities

  • Shyness, blushing and modesty

  • Show-off qualities

  • Greater interest in privacy

  • Experimentation with body (masturbation)

  • Worries about being normal

  • Ethics and Self-Direction

  • Rule and limit testing

  • Occasional experimentation with cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol

  • Capacity for abstract thought

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Middle Adolescence

  • Movement Towards Independence

  • Self-involvement, alternating between unrealistically high expectations and poor self-concept

  • Complaints that parents interfere with independence

  • Extremely concerned with appearance and with one's own body

  • Feelings of strangeness about one's self and body

  • Lowered opinion of parents, withdrawal of emotions from them

  • Effort to make new friends

  • Strong emphasis on the new peer group with the group identity of selectivity, superiority and competitiveness

  • Periods of sadness as the psychological loss of the parents takes place

  • Examination of inner experiences, which may include writing a diary

  • Career Interests

  • Intellectual interests gain importance

  • Some sexual and aggressive energies directed into creative and career interests

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Middle Adolescence

  • Sexuality

  • Concerns about sexual attractiveness

  • Frequently changing relationships

  • Movement towards heterosexuality with fears of homosexuality

  • Tenderness and fears shown towards opposite sex

  • Feelings of love and passion

  • Ethics and Self-Description

  • Development of ideals and selection of role models

  • More consistent evidence of conscience

  • Greater capacity for setting goals

  • Interest in moral reasoning

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Late Adolescence (17-19 years)

  • Movement Towards Independence

  • Firmer identity

  • Ability to delay gratification

  • Ability to think ideas through

  • Ability to express ideas in words

  • More developed sense of humor

  • Stable interests

  • Greater emotional stability

  • Ability to make independent decisions

  • Ability to compromise

  • Pride in one's work

  • Self-reliance

  • Greater concern for others

  • Career Interests

  • More defined work habits

  • Higher level of concern for the future

  • Thoughts about one's role in life

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Late Adolescence (17-19 years)

  • Sexuality

  • Concerned with serious relationships

  • Clear sexual identity

  • Capacities for tender and sensual love

  • Ethics and Self-Direction

  • Capable of useful insight

  • Stress on personal dignity and self-esteem

  • Ability to set goals and follow through

  • Acceptance of social institutions and cultural traditions

  • Self-regulation of self esteem

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Ten Core Values for Library Service to Young AdultsFrom: New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults by Patrick Jones. Chicago: ALA Editions. 2002. (p. 17)

  • Developmental Needs

  • Example: online chatting fulfills teens’ need for social interaction

  • Youth Development

  • Example: librarians can support healthy, positive youth development by offering programs and promoting reading through booktalking.

  • Developmental Assets

  • Example: connecting teens with the information they need promotes healthy relationships and has a positive impact on the community as a whole..

  • Youth Advocacy

  • Example: making a case for materials that appeal to teens, such as Graphic Novels, is one way to advocate for them within the library; another is simply showing them the same respect you would a child or adult.

  • Youth Participation

  • Example: use teens to assist with craft programs and take suggestions they make for improvement to library service seriously. This shows respect for their point of view.

  • Collaboration

  • Example: anytime you coordinate with a school to do a special program, you are collaborating on behalf on teens, such as the planned Research Methods unit for 8th graders.

  • Information literacy

  • Example: when you walk a teen through the process of a google search instead of handing over the information, you promote information literacy and self-sufficiency.

  • Adolescent literacy

  • Example: by showing an interest in what teens are reading, librarians strengthen the relationship between a teen and a book.

  • Learning and achievement

  • Example: by supporting the school curriculum and assisting with research and homework, libraries play a critical role in the learning and achievement of teens.

  • Equity of access and intellectual freedom

  • Example: by offering full and equal access to resources that help teens make the transition into adulthood, libraries support teens.