Reaching Out To Religious Youth: A Guide To Services, Programs, And Collections

Paperback | June 30, 2004

byL. Kay Carman

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Do religious teens in your community think your library has "nothing for me"? Shouldn't your library be actively embracing all of the diverse populations in your community? For many the teen years are times of intense spiritual and religious growth. Public libraries, charged with serving all facets of their communities, must reach out to all people, including religious youth. If that prospect seems daunting, this book can help. It provides you with a vision and a plan for enhancing your library service to religious teens with pertinent information that helps you understand the different belief systems and traditions of various religious groups and practical guidance for developing services and collections to serve their needs. Chapters cover the major religious groups in the United States today: Protestant, Evangelical, Catholic, Latter-day Saints, Orthodox Christianity, Seventh-day Adventist, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu. In each chapter, a snapshot summary introduces you to the basic aspects of the religion, such as origins, beliefs, and practices. A discussion of the history and core beliefs and values follows. After describing common misconceptions and stereotypes, the authors detail the formative experiences of teens in these groups, and discuss what types of services they need in the library. Advice on building your collection is accompanied by helpful booklists; and ideas for services and programs supplement the resource. Lists of pertinent publishers and helpful Web sites make this an invaluable guide.

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Do religious teens in your community think your library has "nothing for me"? Shouldn't your library be actively embracing all of the diverse populations in your community? For many the teen years are times of intense spiritual and religious growth. Public libraries, charged with serving all facets of their communities, must reach out ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 9.22 × 6.08 × 0.71 inPublished:June 30, 2004Publisher:Libraries UnlimitedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313320411

ISBN - 13:9780313320415

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"Reaching Out to Religious Youth provides an overview of potential library service to teens of the major religious groups found in the United States....The essays provide background information on the history and doctrine of the various faiths and discuss the formative experiences faced by teens, as well as common misconceptions and stereotypes. They address what teens might be looking for in their local library with regard to their own religion. They provide guidance regarding selection criteria, the types of materials available, and their publishers. Public librarians can gain much from this guide, and it is recommended for all public library professional collections. The lists of pertinent publishers and helpful booklists make this an invaluable guide."-Christian Library Journal