Serving At-Risk Teens: Proven Strategies and Programs for Bridging the Gap

CRAIG, Angela & . 220p. appendix. bibliog. further reading. index. notes. websites. Neal-Schuman. 2013. pap. $60. ISBN 978-1-55570-760-6. LC 2012044857.
In the current economy, libraries are losing funding at the very moment when the numbers of teens at-risk have been growing. This book compiles suggestions and experiences from librarians who work with this population. Chapters include understanding their needs as well as how to engage them through library programs. Featuring interviews with library staff as well as teens themselves, the book will give librarians insight into the needs of at-risk teens as well as relevant tips. Suggestions are presented to engage not just the teens themselves but also children of teen parents. One appendix offers forms libraries can use to evaluate programs and needs; another features a list of organizations that serve at-risk teens, which is helpful for forming partnerships with related groups. A valuable resource for librarians in urban or rural areas who serve this population.—Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO

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