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Why tweens SHOULD have separate spaces in public libraries

tweens-bannerTweens can benefit from having a designated space just for them in public libraries because:

  • Tweens (typically defines as age 8-12) have information needs and interests that are unique from other age ranges.
  • They’re too old for the children’s area but not old enough for the teen area.
  • Their needs are often overlooked by libraries, who focus on younger and older children.
  • Promote lifelong library user populations by providing services from childhood through adulthood, rather than having a gap in services for this age range.
  • Engage parents who bring tweens to programs just for them.
  • Demonstrate to public officials and educators the library’s value in serving this population.

References:

Bean Thompson, Sarah. (2014). Don’t forget the tweens. Retrieved from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2014/01/dont-forget-the-tweens/

Goforth Gregory, J. (2015). Stuck in the middle. American Libraries, 46(5), 42-45. Retrieved From http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=102654430&site=ehost-live

Meyers, E. M., Fisher, K. E., & Marcoux, E. (2009). Making sense of an information world: The everyday-life information behavior of preteens. Library Quarterly, 79(3), 301-341. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=43205389&site=ehost-live

Moss Struckmeyer, Amanda. (2012). Reaching tweens. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 10(2), 36-38. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=79201332&site=ehost-live

PISARSKI, A. Y. (2014). Finding a place for the tween. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 12(3), 13-16. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=98051849&site=ehost-live

WITTEVEEN, A. (2015). What do tweens want? School Library Journal, 61(10), 30-32. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=110090318&site=ehost-live

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). (2016a). About YALSA. Retrieved from

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa

Image retrieved from http://www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca/en/inc/resources/tweens-banner.jpg

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