Reading Programs for Young Adults

Complete Plans for 50 Theme-Related Units for Public, Middle School and High School Libraries


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About the Book

School and public libraries often provide programs and activities for children in preschool through the sixth grade, but there is little available to young adults. For them, libraries become a place for work—the place to research an assignment or find a book for a report—but the thought of the library as a place for enjoyment is lost. So how do librarians recapture the interest of teenagers?
This just might be the answer. Here you will find theme-based units (such as Cartoon Cavalcade, Log On at the Library, Go in Style, Cruising the Mall, Space Shots, Teens on TV, and 44 others) that are designed for young adults. Each includes a display idea, suggestions for local sponsorship of prizes, a program game to encourage participation, 10 theme-related activities, curriculum tie-in activities, sample questions for use in trivia games or scavenger hunts, ideas for activity sheets, a bibliography of related works, and a list of theme-related films. The units are highly flexible, allowing any public or school library to adapt them to their particular needs.

About the Author(s)

Martha Seif Simpson is head of children’s services at Stratford Library Association in Stratford, Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Martha Seif Simpson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 358
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 1997
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0357-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0544-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“solid, practical…springboard for ideas…handy”—Booklist; “useful for any secondary level or public librarian”—School Library Journal; “fills a great void…well-detailed, with an extensive list of periodicals, book titles, films, computer software, and other supplementary materials”—Catholic Library World; “an excellent book. It brims over with ideas and inspires creativity. It admirably draws our attention to the needs of young adults”—The Library Association Record.