Best Practices and New Directions Serving Young Adults in Schools and Public Libraries Patrick Jones Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http:/www.connectingYA.com
Power Up With Print n Why dont YAs like to read 1. Associate with failure 2. Time and energy 3. Negative pressures 4. Not stimulated by ideas 5. No encouragement 6. Cultural/gender/development issues 7. Not a priority 8. Cant find the good books/stuff to read
FAQs and ongoing q/a n What is a core collection? n Why have a core collection? n How does a book make this core collection? n Is this a core collection for young adults or young adult core collection? n How do you start compiling a core collection? n If this is core collection of great books, what does great mean?
STRANDED n A core collection for an island n Favorites n Consensus favorites
STRANDED: EXPERTS CHOOSE THEIR CORE COLLECTIONS n Adams, Douglas. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy n Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak n Anonymous. Go Ask Alice n Bauer, Joan. Rules of the Road n Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat n Blume, Judy. Forever n Card, Orson Scott. Enders Game n Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower n Cooney, Caroline. The Face on the Milk Carton
STRANDED: EXPERTS CHOOSE THEIR CORE COLLECTIONS n Cormier, Robert. After the First Death n Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War n Crutcher, Chris Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes n Cushman, Karen. Catherine Called Birdy n Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind. n Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders n Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood And Chocolate n Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. n Lowry, Lois The Giver n McKinley, Robin. Beauty
STRANDED: EXPERTS CHOOSE THEIR CORE COLLECTIONS n Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels n Myers, Walter Dean. Monster n Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet n Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials trilogy n Rowling. J. K. Harry Potter series n Sacher, Louis. Holes n Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye n Spiegelman, Art. Maus n Spinelli, Jerry Stargirl n Thomas, Rob Rats Saw God n Wolff, Virginia Make Lemonade
STRANDED: Patrick Picks 1. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak 2. Anonymous Go Ask Alice 3. Bell, Ruth Changing Bodies, Changing Lives 4. Cormier, Robert. We All Fall Down 5. Foley, Mick. Have a Nice Day 6. Groening, Matt. Simpsons comics 7. Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders 8. Klause, Annette Curtis The Silver Kiss
STRANDED: Patrick Picks 9. Moore, Alan Watchman 10. Pirsig, Robert Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 11. Souljah, Sister. Coldest Winter Ever. 12. Stine, R.L. The Surprise Party 13. Shukur, Tupac The Rose that Grew in Concrete 14. Thomas, Rob Rats Saw God 15. Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit
For your consideration- n Things Change n (Walker and Company, April 2004)
Maintaining a collection n Collection development doesnt mean buying new books
Maintaining a core collection n Monster by Walter Dean Myers n Buy the Printz winners and the honor books
Maintaining a core collection n Trueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral. n Consider all of the books which are selected for Best Books and Quick Picks; buy those which make both of these lists
Maintaining a core collection n Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. Peer Pressure. n Consider all the books reviewed in VOYA which receive 4 or 5 in either popularity or quality; buy those which are perfect tens.
Maintaining a core collection n Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here. n Buy any book which is listed as the years best teen seller on Amazon
Maintaining a core collection n Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater. n Buy any book which is listed as the years best by Amazons editors and follow teen reviews lists and picks
Maintaining a core collection n Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk. n Consider any book listed in the various VOYA best lists and the other YALSA lists like the Alex Awards or popular paperbacks; buy those by authors or subjects with a strong track record.
Maintaining a core collection n Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. n Look at circulation reports: buy another copy of anything that is getting heavy, heavy use and look at lost books reports: buy and replace core titles often.
Maintaining a core collection n Giles, Gail. Shattering Glass. n Look at YALSA-BK, follow the discussions of titles, and learn which YALSA-BK reviewers seem to know their stuff and follow their lead.
Maintaining a core collection n Ryan, Sara. Empress of the World. n Look closely at the monthly catalogs of vendors such as Book Wholesalers to find the paperback reprint edition of titles which are, as of this writing, only available in hardback
Maintaining a core collection n Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Dont You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey. n Ask teens over and over and over again: is that what you want? Survey, open up your web page to teen reviews, do book discussion groups, conduct exit interviews, conduct an annual favorite book poll, and listen. Ask the question: what are your teens reading and buy the answer.
Maintaining a collection n Reading is more than fiction; more than books;
Topic One: The case for graphic formats n Why would a school or public library want to collect graphic formats? n What is the pull of comic books for young men in the making? n The Fantastic four: 1.Independence 2.Excitement 3.Identity 4.Acceptance
Topic One: The case for graphic formats n Large print and board books n Pop goes the synergetic culture n Arethea knows: R E S P E C T n Nobody likes to fail n Reader response n Adults and other obstacles n Graphic novels, not.
Topic One: The case for graphic formats n Superheroes n Movie and TV tie-ins n Japanese animation (manga) n Comics for kids n Comics for adults n Comics for all n Picture books for all n Big books n Photography and other graphic arts
Power Up With Print n Young adults like magazines 1. Visual 2. Appeal to short attention spans. 3. Speak to developing special interests. 4. Socially acceptable reading material. 5. Information on important stuff - sex, love, etc. 6. Fads/celebrities 7. Easy reading level 8. Don't have to read them at school: no pressure 9. Dream/fantasize/set goals
For more information: n Patrick Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) n A Core Collection for Young Adults (Neal- Schuman, 2003) features annotation of over 150 graphic formats.
Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones http://www.connectingya.com n Consulting, training, and coaching for providing powerful youth services including library card campaigns and web projects n patrick@connectingYA.com