Islma 2010 Tweens, Teens and Street Literature


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Street Literature is a popular and growing genre that appeals to middle and high school students. During the presentation at the Illinois School Library Media Association Conference, attendees learned why this growing genre appeals to library patrons and how the stories impact their lives. Classic and current Street Literature books and alternate titles were presented and discussed.

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Islma 2010 Tweens, Teens and Street Literature

  1. 1. Pre-teens, Teens and Street Literature
  2. 2. Download this presentation and support materials at: *Wiki:
  3. 3. "...It takes the entire community to ensure student achievement and success.“ Principal, Terrance Abdul Little
  4. 4. My Library Media Center
  5. 5. What are pre-teens and teens reading?
  6. 6. What do we call these books?
  7. 8. Street Literature – reality based stories about the streets that are authentic, unapologetic and truthful. Vanessa I. Morris
  8. 9. <ul><li>Why Should Library Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Contain Some Street Literature Titles? </li></ul><ul><li>Timeless themes such as peer pressure, violence, pregnancy, divorce, drugs and sex appear in the stories. </li></ul><ul><li>Students should be exposed to a variety of genres. </li></ul><ul><li>The stories are cautionary tales that takes the reader on a journey that forces them to compare the stories to their own lives. </li></ul><ul><li>The students can directly relate to the characters and empathize with their struggles. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Why Should Library Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Contain Some Street Literature Titles? </li></ul><ul><li>The stories within the genre serve as a platform for discussion/dialogue for tweens and teens with adults. </li></ul><ul><li>Some students are avid readers and are looking for a challenge when reading Street Literature. </li></ul><ul><li>Some students possess the emotional maturity to understand and handle the content in these books. </li></ul><ul><li>The genre meets the needs of a group of library patrons that have historically been ignored. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Not every book Is Street Literature
  11. 12. <ul><li>Make sure your school has a written selection and reconsideration policy that addresses written challenges to books. If you don’t, you’re totally vulnerable. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Librarians should make purchasing decisions based on </li></ul><ul><li>their knowledge of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Collection needs </li></ul><ul><li>Other criteria set forth in the CPS Collection Development Policy for School Librarians </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Popular Street Literature </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Read Alikes’ for Middle School Students </li></ul><ul><li>Classics and my favorites </li></ul>
  14. 21. <ul><li>Popular Street Literature </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Read Alikes’ for High School Students </li></ul><ul><li>Classics and my favorites </li></ul>
  15. 32. <ul><li>Popular Street Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Novels And Series: Adult </li></ul><ul><li>Classics and my favorites </li></ul>
  16. 38. <ul><li>Excellent Resources for Librarians </li></ul>
  17. 39. Megan Honig Young Adult Materials Specialist Central Collection Development New York Public Library
  18. 40. <ul><li>Coming in December: </li></ul><ul><li>The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Street Literature </li></ul><ul><li>by Vanessa I. Morris </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Teaching Professor, </li></ul><ul><li>The iSchool at Drexel University </li></ul>
  19. 41. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Susan McClelland </li></ul><ul><li>Reader’s Advisory Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Evanston Public Library </li></ul>
  20. 42. Vanessa I. Morris
  21. 43. Vanessa I. Morris
  22. 44. K.C. Boyd
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  24. 50. View today’s presentation on: K.C. Boyd, Librarian Chicago Public Schools Email: [email_address] Facebook: K.c. Boyd Blog: Twitter: kc_boyd