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Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, Centennial Edition: The Library and the Young Adult
Margaret A. Edwards
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3533-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $31.00
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248 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3533-0
Year Published: 2002
" . . . [the library] is no more to be thrown open to the ravages of the unreasoning Mob than is a Fair Garden to be laid unprotected at the Mercy of a Swarm of Beasts."—Jared Bean, The Old Librarian's Almanac, 1773

Maverick librarian Margaret Edwards not only threw open the gates of her fair garden of literary treasures, but she spent a life's work luring in the beasts. The Centennial Edition of this young adult services masterpiece authored by the 20th century's most revolutionary librarian presents an accessible and relevant work for the YA librarian of the 21st century.

With a new introduction by Betty Carter, readers have the unique opportunity to consider today's trends in the Edwards context. This edition also includes an annotated list of all the Alex award-winning and nominated books, and the Margaret A. Edwards award-winning books. No young adult librarian's shelf is complete without this flagship YA services classic and now the updated, must-have Centennial Edition.
Table of Contents


I. Roots
II. The Growing Season
     Laying Out the Garden
     Teenagers (The "Beasts")
     The YA Librarians (Training)
     The YA Librarian at Work
      "The Rulers of the Queen's Navee"
      (Thoughts on Supervision)
III. Branching Out
     In the Schools
     Blueprint for a Book Fair
     Teenage Book Reviewing
     On the Wagon—A Grafted Branch
IV. Thinning the Plants
     A Book Club
     The UNY and I
     The Book Week Parties
V. Provender for the "Beasts"
     What Is the Best Food for the "Beasts"?
     Classics? "Pleasant" Books? Realism?
      "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning"
      (The Teenage Novel)
VI. Fighting Weeds and Insects
     The Strange Device . . . "Excelsior!"
     YA—The Library Bastard
     The City Kid and the Library
     The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts
     Let the Beasts In
VII. I Once Did See Joe Wheeler Plain
VIII. We Have Been True to You, Melvil Dewey, after Our Fashion
     A. The Tool Shed
     B. Selection Policies for Books for Young Adults
     C. A Bibliography for the Librarian Working with Teenagers
     D. The Alex Awards: Introduction and List
     E. Back to the Future with Adult Books for the Teenage Reader,
      by Richard F. Abrahamson
   F. The Margaret A. Edwards (MAE) Award: Introduction and List
Notes and References

About the Author
Margaret Alexander Edwards is a pioneer and a legend in the field of young adult librarianship. Often referred to as the "patron saint of young adult services," she was one of the first librarians to recognize the importance of specialized services that address the particular needs of young adults. Her philosophies and practices, as illustrated in The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, have influenced and inspired generations of librarians since it's original publication in 1969, and continue to be a foundation for today's new young adult librarians.

Betty Carter is Professor Emerita in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University. An avid reader of young adult books growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Carter has maintained that commitment to young adult literature during her many years of service as a YALSA board member and author of Best Books for Young Adults.
“One might ask just how relevant a book about library services to teenagers originally published in 1969 could be in 2003. The answer is that the more things change the more they stay the same...the enthusiasm and straightforward advice is as timely today as it was more than 30 years ago.”

"Required reading for both young adult specialists and generalists."—Public Libraries

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