Power Lines: Connecting with Teens in Urban Communities Through Media Literacy

ALA Editions. Aug. 2022. 272p. pap. $49.99. ISBN 9780838937907.
A unique look at a current challenge urban teen librarians face today—helping teens improve their media literacy skills. Anderson (an author and media literacy consultant) and Czarnecki (a teen library manager) begin in Part I by providing strategies for building relationships with teens and suggesting ways to implement creative and innovative practical methods to meet their media literacy skill needs. One of the most useful aspects of this book is the reflections from teens and professionals that close out each chapter. Part II focuses on media literacy program profiles and case studies from librarians, practitioners, and scholars all over the United States. These programs incorporate music, podcasting, literature, film and video, social media, and gaming and coding. Chapters provide strategic guidance on implementing the programs, along with resources and references. Some chapters include a handout template or sample lesson plan. Back matter contains several lists of resources in the fields of urban education and media literacy, along with a thorough index.
VERDICT This timely handbook provides creative opportunities for teen librarians and libraries to connect with teens and with their surrounding communities. A great choice for young adult librarians.

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