Shhhh! Don’t Tell My Mom: Reader’s Advisory that Everyone Can Live With
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room Mile High Ballroom 1-2
Teens’ and tweens’ book choices don’t always coincide with what their parents or educators think is “appropriate,” and librarians can get caught in the middle! This session will help you meet, head on, those inevitable confrontations. You will leave with a fabulous selection of up-to-date YA literature ranging from the squeaky-clean to the oh-so-shocking. Give your young readers the types of books they want, while keeping the adults around them happy!
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Be prepared for numerous reader's advisory scenarios, confident that you can balance between children's interests and parent's boundaries. 2: Acquire a wealth of digital and print resources to help you booktalk a wide range of genres and topics. 3: Be ready to advocate for relevant books on sensitive topics, in a non-threatening way.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: High interaction: facilitated discussion; small group discussion; hands-on activity
Tags: Serving Youth, Advocacy, Collection Development, Diversity, Information Literacy, Readers' Advisory
Monica Walen, Youth Services Librarian
Kent District Library, East Grand Rapids, MI
Monica Walen is the Youth Specialist at the East Grand Rapids branch of Kent District Library. She was chosen as ELO's Rising Star winner in 2012, was the 2015 recipient of the Kent Reading Council's Golden Apple award for her work in promoting literacy, and has presented at state conferences on numerous youth-related topics. Monica spends her days bouncing babies on her lap, waving scarves at befuddled toddlers, and wrangling sixty after-school teens and tweens.
Jessica Anne Bratt, Youth Services Librarian
Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
Jessica Anne Bratt is a Youth Services Librarian at Grand Rapids Public Library. She began a partnership (DigiBridge) between Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Grand Rapids Public Libraries, which won the 2014 Urban Library Council's Top Innovator award. She has presented nationally on collaborations between schools and libraries, engaging teens in literacy through technology, and the reader's advisory gap between tweens and young adults. Her other whimsical adventures include playing piano and reading comics.