Angela Craig has worked with at-risk populations since 2005, and is currently Teen Services Coordinator and Teen Loft Manager for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her library programs have taken her to the county jail, alternative schools, senior centers, day care centers, homeless shelters, and public schools. She has published articles about her work with the at-risk population in Computers and Libraries and Young Adult Library Services (YALS). A conference presenter on the topic of library services to underserved populations, such as homeless patrons and youth at risk, she is currently serving on YALSA's 2013–2015 Alex Awards Committee.
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- About the Authors
Working with at-risk teens, including those who are homeless, incarcerated, or in foster care, is a rewarding but often challenging endeavor, especially with a growing number of at-risk teens in both urban and rural areas of the country. Based on best practices and personal experiences from many leaders in the field today, including authors Angela Craig and Chantell L. McDowell, this book shows how libraries and communities can work together to find new ways to serve this population. Packed with accessible and affordable programming ideas, ready-to-use templates, and techniques, this addition to the Teens @ the Library series
- Demonstrates why serving at-risk teens is important, and offers advice for gaining institutional support for outreach services
- Shows how to understand the needs of at-risk teens, including a discussion of the factors that place teens at risk
- Examines diversity within the at-risk population
- Suggests ways to partner with youth facilities, with real-world examples of working with non-library personnel and caregivers
- Provides guidance for collection and resource development
- Gives examples of technology-based programs to promote literacy and connectedness
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"The authors communicate their commitment, energy and joy of achievement throughout the text. Logically sequenced instructions, sample forms, headings for writing proposals and recording program evaluations, sensible advice on plans and implementation – all combine to encourage readers to extend their services to young people at risk … recommended as a source of program ideas for young people's librarians."
--Australian Library Journal
"Highly recommended for all librarians who work with young adults."
— Public Libraries
"A recommended book that will encourage many teen librarians to begin outreach programs for at-risk teens if their library currently does not offer such services."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly