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This is the companion presentation to our Young Adult Outreach Program. This program not only creates access of information to those that may otherwise not have it, but also displays how the ...

This is the companion presentation to our Young Adult Outreach Program. This program not only creates access of information to those that may otherwise not have it, but also displays how the librarian embraces a philosophy of service to their community.

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  • 1. Teen Pregnancy Programming in Libraries
  • 2. Statement of Problem
    Just under 1/3 of all teenage girls in the U.S. will get pregnant.
    Sex is generally a “taboo” topic
    According to the IL Dept. of Public Aid Teen Parent Services, 4,100 women under 19 need public aid due to unwanted pregnancy.
    Illinois’ teenage birthrate is 60 / 1000, higher than the national average of 56.8 / 1000
  • 3. Statement of Solution
    The library is a neutral informational facility where both pregnant teens and their parents can gather information privately.
    Conducting a program in the library would promote public awareness of the problem as well.
    The program would provide education and options for future teenage parents.
  • 4. Description of Project
    Target audience: teenage parents, future teenage parents, and their parents (or other family members).
    A pathfinder of books / resources (with a map of their location) will be available for all participants.
    Ongoing, once-a-month program. A different counselor or a professional whose focus is teen pregnancy will be at each session to facilitate.
  • 5. 3-5 Best Information Sources
    The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/
    Medline Plus from the US National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
    The Illinois Department of Human and Health Services http://www.hfs.illinois.gov/
    The Rural Assistance Center’s Guide to Teen Preganancyhttp://www.raconline.org/info_guides/teenpregnancy/
    The American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org/links/#TeenPregnancy
  • 6. Issues and Concerns
    Controversial topic
    Appropriation of funds to underserved / challenged group
    Library staff education
    Objective materials selection
    Evaluation of groups and agencies by the head of teen services.
  • 7. Budget
    A/V Equipment held by library
    1 staff member per program (greet and close)
    Approximately $150 per speaker each month
    $30 each month for pizza, pop, and paper goods
    Registration required
  • 8. Timeline
    Promoted through:
    Library website
    Social networking tools
    Newsletter
    Flyers & signs in the libraryand speakers’ agencies and hospitals (also free clinics)
    Local high school nurses and health educators
    Press release to the public newspapers
  • 9. Bibliography
    Alpern, Michele. Teen Pregnancy. Chelsea House Publishers, 2002.
    Beyer, Kay. Coping With Teen Parenting . New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 1995.
    Brunelli, Jean. Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey. Buena Park: Morning Glory Press, 2004.
    Endersbe , Julie . Teen Pregnancy: Tough Choices . Mankato: Capstone Press, 2000.
    Lawton, Sandra Augustyn. Pregnancy Information for Teens: Health Tips About Teen Pregnancy and Teen Parenting . Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc. , 2007.
    Ojeda, Auriana. Teenage Pregnancy (Opposing Viewpoints Series). Farmington Hills: Greenhaven, 2002.
    Reynolds, Marilyn. Too Soon for Jeff . Buena Park: Morning Glory Press, 1994.
    Thompson, Sharon. Going All the Way: Teenage Girls' Tales of Sex, Romance, and Pregnancy . New York: Hill and Wang , 1996.
    Weill, Sabrina Solin. We're Not Monsters: Teens Speak Out about Teens in Trouble . New York: HarperTeen, 2002.