ERIC Number: EJ1015606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Meeting the Learning Needs of African American Youth in the Library
Hodges, Janice; Pringle, Lajuan S.
School Library Monthly, v29 n6 p14-16 Mar 2013
The African American male psyche is a complicated multi-layered mixture of outside media influences, stereotypes, peer pressure, how they see themselves, and how they think others see them. This article describes how school and public librarians can help raise the literacy efforts of young African American males. It cites the need for libraries to create opportunities for African American males to identify texts that mark their times and lives and involve them in selecting books through surveys and suggestion boxes and simply by asking them. It notes the importance of school libraries and public libraries where librarians can share what they learn with others and reach out to extended communities to teach and collaborate.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Public Libraries, African Americans, Males, Literacy, Achievement Gap, Library Services, Adolescents, Books, Partnerships in Education, Middle Schools, High Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; High School Equivalency Programs; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina