Celebrating Banned Books Week is all about risk-taking. By celebrating titles that have been, or might be, banned in a library, those working with teens are saying to the world, “Look, we have controversial books in the library and we are proud of it.” That’s quite a risk and it’s a risk that many teen librarians accept and value.
In this video, Connie Urquhart and Lisa Lindsay (Fresno County Public Library) talk about the risks they’ve taken in collection development and in teen services – Including risks that went really well and risks that weren’t as successful as was hoped.
Risk taking in collection development and in teen services doesn’t always come from hailing controversial, or possibly controversial, materials with community members at a specific time of year. It also also comes when talking with co-workers about titles in the collection, trying to get buy-in from colleagues about new genres to add to the collection, and even when having day-to-day conversations with teens about a variety of topics that might come up.
Banned Books Week gives teen librarians the chance to celebrate together their risk taking endeavors. Don’t forget that risk taking in teen services is an every month of the year endeavor. Celebrate your risks with teens and the community as often as you are able.