Klor, Ellin, and Sarah Lapin. Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills.
Klor, Ellin, and Sarah Lapin. Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills. Libraries Unlimited, 2012. 200p. $45. Oversize pb. 978-1-59884-693-5. Index. Photos. Source Notes. Appendixes.
This comprehensive guide successfully shows how libraries can support teen parents and their children. Librarians are shown how to develop, implement, and evaluate services and programs for teen parents and their children. Chapters cite research studies and provide references at the conclusion. A wide variety of topics are covered, well beyond what one may think of when considering services to provide to teen parents. The authors demonstrate what it takes to provide these services, discussing partnerships, planning, training, funding, and more. Most useful, they also include brief overviews of teen parent programs in the United States. Some chapters offer examples of programs that focus just on teens, with matters like literacy skills, financial advice, and job searches, while others outline ideas for both parents and their children, like playing at the library, offering plans for crafts, exercise, leisure, and more. The chapter on interactive literacy programs is invaluable. Here, librarians will find extensive outlines for story times, covering everything from choosing books and songs to reproducible fingerplays and flannelboard patterns.
An appendix provides reproducible materials of surveys, handouts, and questionnaires. It is difficult to imagine anything the authors left out of this guide. The many useful models and plans for each piece of the programming make the guide easy to use for libraries just starting to provide these services. Though at times the book is intimidatingly dense, by providing a thorough examination of teenage parents and their lives, the authors give librarians a well-rounded view into the complex needs of this population. --Amanda MacGregor.