R buckley lis506 - post 2 - issues related to research - best practices assignment
Best Practices Assignment Opinion Post #2 Teen-‐Led Story Times in the Library By Rebecca Buckley LIS 506 Issues Related to Research I wasn’t all that surprised by the research and articles I came across in thedatabases for the topic of Teen-led Story Times in the Library. I didn’t comeacross a lot, but had no problem finding ten nice articles for this assignment. Iwas really surprised that I didn’t find more on the internet, though. I used allsorts of keyword searching on Google and didn’t find much at all to include inmy annotated citations list. I even did some searching for programs specificallymentioned in the articles, for example the Book Buddies program with the SanFrancisco Public Library or the Literacy Lifeguard program with the ChappaquaNew York Public Library and the KidWorks program at the Eldersburg PublicLibrary branch in Maryland. I was surprised that there was very little webpresence for these programs, in spite of having articles written about them. Itappeared that those three programs are still ongoing, which I was glad todiscover, but the only things I could really find on the internet wereannouncements of the next library meetings, etc. on the library websitecalendars. I was really glad to see that the Book Buddies program was stillongoing, as that article was written in 1988. That program trains volunteers of allages, teens through the elderly, to read to small children in the San FranciscoChildren’s Hospital. I love that idea! Most of the articles that I read featured programs that were somewhat similarto my own Teen-led Story Times, although all of the library programs featured inthe articles were sponsored by public libraries and not school libraries. Therewere several programs that featured one-on-one tutoring or story reading ratherthan group read-alouds and I thought those programs were interesting as well.All of the articles stressed the importance of training and giving teens strictguidelines to follow. I couldn’t agree with this more. I find that when I just have
kids show up “to help” they tend to just hang in groups with the other teens andare hesitant to join in and really lead or interact with the preschoolers. Whenthose teens are given a specific, detailed duty they are more apt to becomepositively involved. Some teens are shy, even with little preschoolers, and if theyare given direct instructions and a task to accomplish, they are much happier andwilling to participate. Most of the articles also mentioned how much teens personally tend to get outof Teen-led Story Times. Teens learn so much by planning and implementingprogramming for young children, but they also learn self-esteem and work skillsthat they can take with them to future employment opportunities. Most of thearticles also mentioned that students become better library patrons and takeownership and pride in their involvement in the public library. Tuccillo writesin “Teens Take the Stage” about teen-led theater performances for youngchildren: “The teens themselves realize that they are doing the very importanttask of promoting a love of reading by !bringing childrens books to life throughtheatre! and offering a great time at the library.” (Tuccillo 349) The youngchildren also benefit greatly from having teens involved in their programming.In the same article, the author writes: “Young! children love to see older kidsperform.! They are taken with the three-!dimensional characters bringing a story!to life right in front of them, and look! up to these teenage role models. “ (Tuccillo349) By being involved in community service opportunities in their publiclibrary, teens are also doing a lot to improve their own image in the minds ofparents, library staff and other adults. “By collaborating with the children’sdepartment, and presenting programs for younger kids, the teens are able toshow library patrons and staff that they have something valuable to offerothers.” (THOMPSON 29) Volunteer opportunities in libraries for teens, whether for story times orshelving or cleaning, etc. can benefit both libraries and teens. “Withunemployment numbers rising, teenagers are having more trouble than everfinding summer jobs. At the same time, the local high schools require thatstudents participate in community service. Addressing both of these concerns
became the perfect opportunity to reach out to teens and talk to them about thevalue of volunteer experience.” (Colvin 130) Teen-led Story Times in Librariescan serve as the perfect opportunity to encourage service, literacy and fun for allinvolved!