Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice by Denise E. Agosto, Sandra Hughes-Hassell

By Denise E. Agosto, Sandra Hughes-Hassell

"Urban young people within the Library" is the right resolution for the worries and uncertainty many librarians face while assisting this staff of consumers and scholars. From a workforce of specialists who've researched the data conduct and personal tastes of city youngsters to construct larger and more advantageous university and public library courses, this publication will express readers: the significance of relocating past stereotypes and revamping library providers; the worth of road lit and social networking; and, how a library site can meet the data wishes of adolescents. This groundbreaking publication is suitable to all librarians operating with city children and searching out how you can achieve out to them.

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My mom says that when my father had me in his arms tears started coming out of his eyes. He never hits me or screams at me. He only explains things and talks about them” (333). Another commented on the inequity of the schools she attended: “After Mrs. R. we had another teacher who we thought was going to be our permanent seventh grade teacher. She lasted about two days I think. Then she left for an eighth grade class . . and the teachers kept changing. That seventh grade was so confusing I didn’t learn a thing but I tried” (326).

Looking to the research literature beyond library and information science, most studies of urban teens and information resources have considered urban adolescents’ access to computers. For example, Bleakley et al. (2004) found that 62 percent of urban teens and young adults have home computer access and that 66 percent use the Internet a few times a week or more. S. S. households with children between the ages of 6 and 17 years had one or more computers in the home (Day et al. 2005), a significantly higher figure than the Bleakley et al.

Finally, these nineteen students participated in individual interviews, which focused on their history as readers. Findings and Discussion The data collected in this study provide a snapshot of urban teens’ reading behaviors, attitudes, and interests. Several themes emerged. If we expand our definition of reading beyond “literary fiction,” these urban teenagers appear to read in their spare time despite the time pressure and social pressure they experience. In general, 72 percent of them indicated that they read in their leisure time, although for some readers it might be only an occasional pursuit.

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