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It may sometimes seem impossible to get some kids to read, but YA experts Patrick Jones, Maureen Hartman, and Patricia Taylor believe in some proven tips, titles, and tools to make the impossible happen. They show you how to entice reluctant readers, what types of books are most likely to grab and keep their interest, and how to connect different kinds of readers with different genres (graphic novels, realistic fiction, mystery, fantasy, magazines, nonfiction, short stories, and more).
Outlines elements of teen services for library professionals, touching on customer service, booktalking, programming spaces, and youth involvement. An extensive technology chapter explains filters, Web sites, instant messaging, blogs, and virtual author chats. For this third edition, updated and expanded collection development sections recommend books, magazines, music, movies, and video games. Some 35 pages of core documents provide sample checklists, surveys, and patron handouts. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

This annotated bibliography of books for grades 6-12 boasts more than 1,200 fiction (60 percent), nonfiction (30 percent), and graphic format (10 percent) titles. Using a formula of "quality + quality of circulation (popularity) = quality of the reading experience" the authors fully explain their selection criteria. Titles include both classics and contemporary favorites written for young adults and adults. Each entry includes bibliographic information, a brief signed annotation, grade level, and review source, where appropriate. Nonfiction titles are arranged by general Dewey decimal classification; fiction and graphic novels, by author. End matter includes author and title indexes and appendixes, which include "best" lists, core collections from other YA experts, selection tips, and Web sites for more information.
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How do you measure the quality of your library's service to teenagers? How can you best create productive relationships with teen patrons? How do you help staff overcome ephebiphobia? Jones and Shoemaker tackle these questions and others. In the first half of the book, Shoemaker concentrates on turning the school library media center into "library heaven," while in the second half Jones addresses the challenges and rewards of working with young adults in the public library. Librarians who are already dedicated to serving young adults might find some of the philosophical material inspiring but not very useful. However, these sections are essential reading for anyone who is not already a strong advocate for YA services. The book also provides plenty of training ideas, sample surveys, action plans, job descriptions, library policies, and interview questions. One chapter will be particularly helpful to anyone faced with designing a new school library media center or rearranging an old one. Shoemaker addresses issues such as signage, traffic patterns, furniture, and displays, all with an emphasis on providing better service. Jones takes more of a marketing approach, drawing on business models and "lessons from the mall." Overall, Do It Right! should be a welcome addition to the professional collection of any library that serves teenagers.
Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library for School Library Journal
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

he author takes the view that programs such as these can serve as the pivot points for a new vision for the library, a way to build community support for it, and an opportunity to change its image. "Exemplary" campaigns are discussed in terms of planning, promoting, and implementing the various stages of the projects. Examples include large public libraries, yearlong campaigns, and partnerships with schools; the common thread is success. Descriptions of campaigns from Houston, TX, to Clayton County, GA, from the Philadelphia Free Library to Dickson, TN, showcase the many ideas, the hard work, and the results. Jones states that the book is not really a manual, outlining step-by-step instructions; he takes a "this is how-it-was done" approach, focusing on success stories. He addresses who in the community can help with the effort and the measurable goals. The appendix, a gallery of successful programs, includes reprints of documents such as applications in English and Spanish, reports, postcards, campaign rap, posters, and letters.
Mary Lankford, Library Consultant, Austin, TX for School Library Journal
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.