This week was spent focusing mainly on the Black History Month handout and display and searching for nonfiction books. As I mentioned in the February 4 special post, Heather Pohl sent out an email to all the library employees asking for recommendations for nonfiction books. Like I said before, I was so excited by this, because I thought that it would be months before we would be able to have new books. Because the ordering and approval process takes a while, and that combined with a limited budget can make book requests take up to six months. The selection process is taking a while, too, because I am trying to view the books from a teen perspective. My rationale for that is, if I wouldn’t have read it as a teen, I doubt that my teens now would read it. This means that if too many of the titles have the word “teen” in them, they probably won’t circulate. In my experience, teens may want books that relate to them, but having the word “teen” in the title is an almost immediate negative toward the book. I believe that, as a teen, they don’t necessarily want to view themselves as “teenagers”; they would rather view themselves as young adults.
For the Black History Month handout, I used the upcoming summer reading theme of “Spark a Reaction” and provided information about figures in black history who had sparked a reaction, as it were. This is the handout: Black History Month Teen Handout. I used figures that may be lesser known, but that still have contributed a great deal to their respective fields, fields that I believe are interesting to teens, like the inventor of the Super Soaker, Lonnie Johnson. The handout also includes a female astronaut, an athlete, and a computer genius. The display is comprised of African-American fiction both modern and historical, nonfiction, and biographies. Authors included are Angela Johnson, Walter Dean Myers, and Sharon M. Draper.