Sex in the Library: A Guide to Sexual Content in Teen Literature

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Sex in the Library is the ideal source for collection development of materials dealing with sex and sexuality for teens. Both public and school librarians will benefit from the guidance for establishing selection policies in this area and for sharing those policies with teachers, parents, administrators and teens. The book provides no-holds-barred and no-body-parts-left-out reviews of more than 100 books to be considered for collections. The reviews include ratings on sexual content, language, and violence as ...
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Overview

Sex in the Library is the ideal source for collection development of materials dealing with sex and sexuality for teens. Both public and school librarians will benefit from the guidance for establishing selection policies in this area and for sharing those policies with teachers, parents, administrators and teens. The book provides no-holds-barred and no-body-parts-left-out reviews of more than 100 books to be considered for collections. The reviews include ratings on sexual content, language, and violence as well as recommended age level and the use of "alert" words - words that often spark controversy. Readers also will appreciate as the ideas for educating students and adults about the mission statements of school and public libraries.
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VOYA - Rebecca O'Neil
In this professional resource, school librarian Mary Jo Heller and public librarian Aarene Storms share their program, "Sex in the Library" (SITL). The SITL presentation is a school/public library partnership that can be adapted to educate middle/high school students, teachers, parents, public library patrons, and librarians about the differing selection policies and mission statements of the school and public library, using teen books with sexual content to hold attention and invite discussion. Part I outlines the details of this program, from dealing with giggles to debating with the PTA. Part II provides book reviews grouped by theme and annotated with booktalk "hooks," reviews, ratings (sex, cussing, violence), reader reactions, alerts to topic words (e.g., abstinence), and potentially controversial subjects. From its double-entendre chapter headings ("Not Tonight, Dear") to its chatty text, the book maintains a breezy, conversational tone that reflects the authors' camaraderie and years of experience. In Part I, humorous or informative sidebars and offset quotes from booktalks add value and interest, although on occasion these cause the larger narrative flow to be lost. Still, the plethora of anecdotes and examples make this a notable title for new librarians, and the up-to-date, detailed book reviews will be appreciated by educators, parents, and teen readers alike. Though not everyone will be able to forge a similar SITL partnership and program, the advocacy philosophies and tips for having your own "Sex in the Library" are very transferable. School and public libraries with professional collections will want to consider this title. Reviewer: Rebecca O'Neil
School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
The authors (a school and a public librarian) have been offering a workshop called Sex in the Library (SITL) for years. They conduct collaborative booktalks on titles with sexual content, while educating audiences on the role of librarians. They focus on the major differences between school and public library missions, budgets, selection criteria, and collection development policies. Sex in the Library is more than a humorous glimpse into their attempt to "lure" teens back into a love of reading. It's also a guide for replication. Readers will learn how to plan and implement their own SITL, and the title includes advice on selling the idea to administrators, compiling booktalks and booklists, pitching books to boys, reviewing books, and dealing with snickers and occasional hecklers. The authors also cover the differences in conducting SITL for students, teachers, parents, and librarians. The book also contains resource lists at the end of many chapters, sample excerpts and book blurbs, an ample list of book reviews arranged by topic, resources for booktalking and a bibliography. The magic Heller and Storms have created might be difficult to put into practice in every community; however, they provide rationale and strategies that are hard to ignore. Even if SITL is not for your audience, the authors have devised a great collaborative booktalking format for multiple audiences that is worth the investment, and their plans could be adapted to other topics that would engage and educate audiences.—Adrienne L. Strock, Chicago Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617510281
  • Publisher: E L Kurdyla Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Awesome resource for HS and MS librarians and public librarians.

    Awesome resource for HS and MS librarians and public librarians. I've been attending the authors' sessions at the Washington Library Media Association's Fall conference for years and it's terrific that all their wisdom is finally in one place.

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