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Let’s Talk Teens

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Presented as part of the 2016 Abilene Public Library's Annual Children's Workshop in Abilene, Texas. Discusses Teens in the Library, Developmental and Behavioral Issues, YA Materials, and creating an inviting YA Space in the library.

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Let’s Talk Teens

  1. 1. Let’s Talk Teens Alyssa Crow Children’s Librarian Abilene Public Library South Branch Abilene, Texas February 29, 2016
  2. 2. Young Adult Services  Understanding Young Adults  YA Materials  Space
  3. 3. Part 1: Understanding Teens & Young Adults  Young Adults  YALSA: ages 12-19  Authors & Readers: Ages 10-22
  4. 4. The Teenage Brain
  5. 5. The Teenage Brain
  6. 6. The Teenage Brain  Adolescents are MORE likely to:  Act on impulse  Misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions  Get into accidents and/or fights of all kinds  Engage in dangerous or risky behavior
  7. 7. The Teenage Brain  Adolescents are LESS likely to:  Think before they act  Pause to consider the potential consequences of their actions  Modify their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors
  8. 8. Teens & The Library  Goals  Make and keep Teens as Life- long Users  Help them become caring, responsible, productive adults.  Libraries and Librarians can play an important role.
  9. 9. Challenge: Teen Perceptions of Libraries and Librarians
  10. 10. Challenge: Librarians’ Perceptions of Teens  Do you have ephebiphobia?  Ephebiphobia is the fear of teenagers or of adolescence, and the prejudice against teenagers or underage adolescents; recognized as the “inaccurate, exaggerated and sensational characterization of young people” in a range of settings around the world.
  11. 11. Challenge: Perceptions of Teens  Negative Portrayals and Stereotypes
  12. 12. Additional Challenges  Staffing & Budget  Competition  Audience Turnover  Technology  Visually Sophisticated Audiences
  13. 13. What Do I Do?  Remember that teens are job security!  Be prepared!  Stay flexible!  Shift your viewpoint!  When nothing goes right…go left!
  14. 14. Attracting Teens  Offer more than snacks  Know your demographic  Partner with schools  Diversify program offerings  Empower your staff  Support your teens  Foster positive environment  Consistency is KEY!
  15. 15. Create Raving Fans  Cultivate relationships  Engage teens in meaningful participation  Be an excellent librarian  Give them a room or space of their own  Evaluate
  16. 16. Dealing With Teens  Discipline is part of serving teens  Go against your instincts  Assess each situation  Take immediate action to correct behavior  Be firm, fair, and consistent  Don’t take it personally!!!
  17. 17. Dealing With Sensitive Topics  Identity development (gender, sexual, ethnic)  Self-esteem  Role of peer group  Social skills  Emotional intelligence  Intimacy  Suicide  Pregnancy  Abuse  Violence
  18. 18. Teens & Issues  Research or Info-seeking  Personally Dealing with Issues
  19. 19. Part 2: YA Materials  Right Item + Right Person + Right Time
  20. 20. YA Books  Popular Themes:  Depression  Drug and Alcohol Abuse  Family  Identity  Relationships  School & Bullying  Serious Illness  Sexuality  Suicide
  21. 21. Mass Appeal  Escapism  Instant gratification  Nostalgia  Universal  Series evolve as readers develop  All genres and types are popular  It’s okay for YA to get pretty dark  How do I choose?
  22. 22. YA Book Awards  Alex Awards  Margaret A. Edwards Award  Michael L. Printz Award  Odyssey Award  William C. Morris YA Debut Award  YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction  Maverick Awards  Eisner Awards
  23. 23. YA Book Lists  Bluebonnet and Lone Star Reading Lists  Teens Top Ten  Goodreads – YA Booklists  Amazon’s 100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime
  24. 24. My Favs  Books I always suggest:  Alanna: the First Adventure – Pierce  Gregor the Overlander – Collins  Dragon and Thief – Zahn  Paranormalcy – White  The Frog Princess – Baker  The Ruins of Gorlan – Flanagan
  25. 25. Film & Television Translations
  26. 26. Bibliotherapy for Teens  NovelistPlus  Recommended Reads  School Library Journal  Non-Fiction  SPL List  Add Self-Help links to your website!
  27. 27. Part 3: Space  Layout  Signage  Size  Visibility
  28. 28. Space  Inviting spaces or specialized teen areas  Think ‘Teen’ when designing space  See themselves somewhere in the library  What easy changes can you make?  Give them a room or space of their own  APL’s new Teen Space at the Main Library – WIP
  29. 29. APL’s Teen Space – Before
  30. 30. APL’s Teen Space – After (WIP)
  31. 31. Teens + Libraries  YOU must advocate for teens at your library.  YOU must share your enthusiasm and first hand experience.  You would never “give up” on programming for any other age group.  Teens need YOU to not give up on them.
  32. 32. Resources  www.ala.org/yalsa  www.diamondbookshelf.com  www.libraryasincubatorproject.org  www.slj.com  www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com  www.voyamagazine.com  http://noflyingnotights.com  http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~cajenkin/yabib.html
  33. 33. Resources  Harden, Susan B. and Melanie Huggins. “Here Comes Trouble.” School Library Journal. July 2004, p. 32-5.  Jones, Jami. “Teens will be Teens.” School Library Journal. January 2005, p. 37.  Jones, Patrick. Do It Right!: Best Practices for Serving Young Adults in School and Public Libraries. (Neal-Schumann, 2001).  Stauch, Barbara. The Primal Teen: What New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell us about Our Kids. (Doubleday, 2003)  Sullivan, Edward T. “Teenagers Are Not Luggage: They Don’t Need Handling.” Public Libraries, March/April 2001, p. 75-7.

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