Making the Match: Why finding the right book is important by Teri Lesesne (guest post)
|One of my teens making a match!|
A few weeks ago, I read about the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) summer course entitled Making the Match. I decided to email the instructor for this course, Teri Lesesne, to see if she would be interested in writing a guest post for us. Teri is @professornana via Twitter and is a professor of library science at Sam Houston State University in Texas. See what she has to say about why finding the right book is important and if you are able, I encourage you to take her course offered through YALSA!
The second step in matching readers and books relies on a knowledge of the books themselves. How could we ever hope to find the right books unless we are reading dozens if not hundreds of books for tweens and teens? Have we read selections from the YALSA lists? Have we scanned the bestseller lists for titles we do not know? Have we read the movies made from books? Are there other places we can turn for suggestions of the books we should read?
Thanks so much to Teri for appearing on our blog and I hope that this post inspires you to work even harder in making the match with our teens and the book! — Stephanie
Filed under: Booktalking, Collection Development, Guest Blogger, Teri Lesesne
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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