Readers’ Advisory and Teen Readers – Part one

It’s very very hard to sought out teen readers today in public libraries that their main purpose is to find a great book to read since their main goal is to get free Wi-Fi access to update their latest Facebook post, use Twitter to tweet about how annoying their day has been, find interesting new DYIs on Pinterest and re-blog posts on Tumbler and just maybe, study for latest school project. It’s a wonder if books get touch at all. Is it because today age it’s not “cool” to be reading or is it that Readers have no clue what next to read  since they finish an awesome series and want something similar to read or have no clue what to read at all and lastly, looking for something new to read that they never read before.

What I found interesting about the journal article “Readers’ Advisory and Teen Readers” was how accurate the journalist, Michael Garrett Farrelly was when he wrote “As cliché as it sounds, the secret is communication” (Farrelly, Garrett Michael, “Readers’ Advisory and Teen Readers”,Wed.September 21 2015)  to help recommend books to teens that match their interest and mood at the moment. You don’t want to give a teen a great read such as the classic Jane Austen or Charles Dickens tales – Yes, both are grand, however you not going to have too many Readers today wanting to read those books. The books readers want good books that will capture them into a new world such as ‘Lord of the Rings’ by J R. Tolkien or ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare.  So, if the secret is communication and librarians have excellent communication skills, it should be easy to find a good read for a teen reader. No, Not quite simple. To recommend a book to a reader, you have to read the reader. You must let the readers talk – give them open questions about what their interests, favorite of subject, hobbies, activities, type of book they already read, favorite author , favorite genre ( Action, thriller, romance, sci fic etc.) and type of characters, ask them if they prefer movies over books or graphic novels. ANYTHING to find a connection between a reader and book.  Also, in the article I found that was relevant is to be familiar with the library collection which is very important because you don’t know much of the collection you have – how are you going to find the reader a book when you don’t know what’s in your collection.  Finally in the article, I like that the journalist recommended useful tools such as Kirkus reviews, Reading Rants, Teen Ink magazine and for Readers to check out for book reviews, videos and blogs on the latest new reads which a RA librarian can suggest to look at home or on the computer’s in the public libraries for more information to finding a new read. I know that if you give a reader a book that he/she will love than they want to read more.

Readers’ Advisory and Teen Readers: EBSCOhost


(Modern Language Assoc.)

Works Cited

Farrelly, Michael Garrett. “Readers’ Advisory And Teen Readers.” Public Libraries 49.1 (2010): 23-24. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.


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