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Marvin DeBose Sr. M.L.S.       Adult/Teen Librarian    Overbrook Park LibraryFree Library of Philadelphia              Rut...
Urban Lit     Ghetto Lit“ Street Literature”     Hip-Hop Lit    Urban Fiction    Ghetto Fiction
What is Street Lit?Characteristics of Street Lit:Urban setting
   Meets the needs/ interest of an ignored    group of readers   Relationships   Fast pace racy contents   Reader can ...
   Bad writing style   Degrading   Glorifying Negative behavior
   Provides education   Diversity   Creating new reader   Cautionary Tales
   INGAGED WITH YOUR PATRONS! Ask them    what they are reading & why they enjoy what    they are reading.   Join a Book...
   Native Son (1940) Richard    Wright   The Street(1946) – Ann Petry   Down These Mean    Streets(1967) Piri Thomas  ...
   True to the Game – Terri Woods   Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah   Fly Girl – Omar Tyree   Push (Precious) – S...
   The Readers Advisory Guide    to Street Literature by    Vanessa Irvin Morris Assist    Professor Drexel University  ...
Publisher Triple Crown Publication Kensington Publishing Gorilla Convict Publication Grand Central Publishing Wahida ...
Web             Respectable street Lit. Book reviewer!   Library Journal’s “Word on the Street lit” column    http:/libra...
   Your collection should always reflect the    literature need & want of the community it    serves.
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Breaking down street lit

  1. 1. Marvin DeBose Sr. M.L.S. Adult/Teen Librarian Overbrook Park LibraryFree Library of Philadelphia Rutgers University MLIS Colloquium New School ReaderAdvisory November, 30 2012
  2. 2. Urban Lit Ghetto Lit“ Street Literature” Hip-Hop Lit Urban Fiction Ghetto Fiction
  3. 3. What is Street Lit?Characteristics of Street Lit:Urban setting
  4. 4.  Meets the needs/ interest of an ignored group of readers Relationships Fast pace racy contents Reader can relate to the stories The Book Cover’s visual component is very seductive.
  5. 5.  Bad writing style Degrading Glorifying Negative behavior
  6. 6.  Provides education Diversity Creating new reader Cautionary Tales
  7. 7.  INGAGED WITH YOUR PATRONS! Ask them what they are reading & why they enjoy what they are reading. Join a Book club (Librarian Book Club) Start a book club with your patron
  8. 8.  Native Son (1940) Richard Wright The Street(1946) – Ann Petry Down These Mean Streets(1967) Piri Thomas Pimp (1969) – Iceberg Slim Dopefeind (1971) - Donald Goines Daddy Cool(1974)- Donald Goines
  9. 9.  True to the Game – Terri Woods Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah Fly Girl – Omar Tyree Push (Precious) – Sapphire B More Careful – Shannon Holmes Let that Be the Reason – Vickie Stringer A Hustler’s Wife – Terri Wood
  10. 10.  The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature by Vanessa Irvin Morris Assist Professor Drexel University Urban Grit: A guide to Street Lit by Megan Honig Yong Adult Materials Specialist New York Public Library
  11. 11. Publisher Triple Crown Publication Kensington Publishing Gorilla Convict Publication Grand Central Publishing Wahida Clark Publishing Simon and Schuster Cash Money Content
  12. 12. Web Respectable street Lit. Book reviewer! Library Journal’s “Word on the Street lit” column http:/libraryjournal.com Street Literature: Vanessa I. Morris http://streetliterature.blogspot.com Phat Fiction: Susan McClelland http://phatfiction.blogspot.com Miss Domino K.C. Boyd: http://missdomino.blogspot.com Street Fiction http://www.streetfiction.org
  13. 13.  Your collection should always reflect the literature need & want of the community it serves.

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