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It's no secret that libraries are crucial in the education of teens. Here's how:
Libraries Provide Key Services to Teens
There are more public libraries in the U.S. than McDonald’s restaurants. Libraries have a strong track record of providing a variety of key services that meet the unique needs of teens.
Preparing teens for the workforce is a major concern in the U.S. In the last three decades, the skills required for young adults to succeed in the workforce have changed drastically, but the skills emphasized in schools have not kept up with these changes. 87% of public libraries offer services and programs for teens, including career planning and computer skills. Additionally, libraries recruit teens to work as interns and staff, helping them build practical job skills.
In 2010, 50% of the nation’s 14 - 18 year olds reported visiting a library to use a computer. Data suggests that while teens are comfortable with new technologies, they are not always as technically savvy as adults believe them to be. Librarians provide formal and point-of-need training to teens to help them use the Internet safely, effectively and ethically.
97% of public libraries provide a dedicated section of their library
to teen books and other teen materials. Librarians are trained experts
who can match the right book to the right teen, whether he or she is a
struggling reader, an English language learner, or developmentally
A 2010 study from Dominican University
demonstrated that students who participated in a public library summer
reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the
beginning of the next school year than those students who did not
(source 2012 Public Library Association PLDS Statistical Report)Supporting Libraries and Teen Literacy can be as easy as 1-2-3! Check out these ten easy ways on how you can support libraries and teen literacy.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a division of the American Library Association.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.
For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.