Libraries

Public libraries, school libraries, classroom libraries, home libraries — students need access to diverse texts to develop their literacy skills and a love of reading. The articles below describe the different services libraries may offer, as well as information on developing and maintaining library collections that appeal to teens.

Dr. Seuss for Older Students

By: Rachael Walker (2010)

NEA's annual Read Across America celebration is a great opportunity for tweens and teens to both celebrate their literacy and language skills and share them in meaningful ways.

Why Teach the Holocaust?

By: Rose Brock and Michael Brock (2009)

Teachers often find the Holocaust to be an overwhelming subject to approach with their students. While the Holocaust offers important lessons to today's students, it can be a difficult to find the appropriate amount of information to share with young learners. This article highlights the importance of the Holocaust in today's classroom, and offers suggestions for integrating historical fiction into the unit of study.

10 Great Ways to Celebrate National Library Week with Teens

By: AdLit.org (2009)

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled a list of program ideas to help librarians celebrate National Library Week with teens in their library.

Movie Read-Alikes from YALSA

By: AdLit.org (2008)

If the teens in your life love movies, check out this list of read-alikes for blockbusters like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Organizations that Promote Adolescent Literacy

By: Rachael Walker (2007)

From lesson plans and classroom tools to free books and opportunities to publish students’ work, nonprofit organizations have a lot to offer parents, teachers, and struggling readers themselves. Learn about some nonprofits with a commitment to helping young people become better readers and writers.

Lessons from New York Life's Revitalizing High School Libraries Initiative

By: Adolescents Read! Public Education Network (2005)

Learn how pilot libraries in the Revitalizing High School Libraries Initiative, seeking to support adolescent literacy, doubled their circulation, increased visits from students and teachers, and expanded the role of library media specialists.


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