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Some Important Factors. Influences of Young Adult LiteratureLibrarian's Attitude and EnvironmentSelection of Books and Periodicals. Influence of Young Adult Literature. What does a YA need?What does a YA read?What services can be offered to meet YA needs?. Librarian's Attitude towards Teens. All

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1. “Serving the Underserved: Teen Services” Jane Flood, Librarian, Brackenridge HS and Laura Alfaro, Facilitator, Library Media Services August 2, 2005

2. Some Important Factors Influences of Young Adult Literature Librarian’s Attitude and Environment Selection of Books and Periodicals

3. Influence of Young Adult Literature What does a YA need? What does a YA read? What services can be offered to meet YA needs? How their brain works… Characteristics of a Young Adult: Energetic/Lethargic Arrogant/Low Self-Esteem Outrageous/Shy Smart/Stupid Groups/Loners Rebellious/Fearful In Your Face/On the Fringe Goals: Independence Excitement Identity Acceptance Seven Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents: Physical Activity Competence and Achievement Self-Definition Creative Expression Positive Social Interaction with Peers and Adults Structure and Clear Limits Meaningful Participation School Library Services:How their brain works… Characteristics of a Young Adult: Energetic/Lethargic Arrogant/Low Self-Esteem Outrageous/Shy Smart/Stupid Groups/Loners Rebellious/Fearful In Your Face/On the Fringe Goals: Independence Excitement Identity Acceptance Seven Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents: Physical Activity Competence and Achievement Self-Definition Creative Expression Positive Social Interaction with Peers and Adults Structure and Clear Limits Meaningful Participation School Library Services:

4. Librarian’s Attitude towards Teens All staff members need to be available, friendly, receptive and helpful to YA’s. Be consistent Be prepared Be fair, firm and friendly Discipline with Dignity Provide choices Be creative Reward positive behavior

5. Allow YAs to learn from their mistakes Don’t label YAs Be patient Use your voice and facial expressions wisely Keep a sense of humor Recognize that YAs are growing up, not grown up

6. Book Selections Support the various curriculums with age appropriate materials Provide materials on a wide range of topics such as: graphic novels, series, fiction (all genre), non-fiction, comic books, periodicals, and books made into movies. Do not let your personal preferences color the types of materials selected

7. Provide YA materials with good reviews Use reputable reviewing sources such as: Amazon.com; various book venders, New York Public library book lists, book lists from various states (Texas: Lonestar and Tayshas), ALA book lists and the San Antonio Public library website. ****Ask for student/staff recommendations

8. Periodicals Selections Common Characteristics Bright, bold colors Varied layouts Lots of action photos Sleek, slick magazine format Girls: make up, clothes, relationships, etc. Boys: action, clothes, cars, gaming, etc. What are the common elements of YA periodicals? Why? What does that tell you about the marketing strategies? Who’s selling what to whom? What’s the influence or stimulation to the brain?What are the common elements of YA periodicals? Why? What does that tell you about the marketing strategies? Who’s selling what to whom? What’s the influence or stimulation to the brain?

9. Library Environment Provide space for physical activity and movement Provide space for reading/relaxing Provide an area where teens be social without disturbing other patrons Provide computers with online catalog, Internet access, online databases, etc. Provide a fair use policy for computers

10. Provide personal computers or word processing machines for YAs use. Provide comfortable seating: small groups as well as individual. Expose teens to all teen-related library materials Are displays thematic…and age appropriate? When appropriate use walls support pillars and ceilings effectively for PR.

11. Webliography Open Discussion Lists PUBYAC: www.pubyac.org YALSA-BK or YALSA-L: [email protected] Type “Subscribe YALSA-BK or YALSA-L [firstname] [lastname] Websites KidsCount Project: www.kidscount.org The Search Institute: www.search-institute.org Connecting Young Adults & Libraries: www.connectingya.com

12. Webliography - Continued Internet Public Library/Teen Div.: www.ipl.org/teen/ Teen Read Week: www.ala.org/ala/yalso/teenreading/teenreading.htm The YA Librarians’ Homepage: http://yahelp.suffolk.lib.ny.us/ Young Adult Library Services Assoc.: www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/yalsa.htm Young Adult Roundtable (YART): www.txla.org/groups/yart/yart.html

13. Resources “Serving the Underserved: Teens in Your Library” by Patricia Muller, The Library of Virginia Youth Services Advisory Committee, 2003. The Middle Grades Assessment Program: User’s Manual by Gayle Dorman, 1981. “What Makes Teens Tick” by Alice Park, Time, May 10, 2004. Books for the Teen Age 2005 by the Office of Young Adult Services, New York Public Library, New York, 2005.

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