Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do, 1

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American Library Association, 29 .. 2003 - 121 ˹
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Pre-adolescent boys are nearly invisible in libraries. With ever-increasing electronic amusements, how can books and the library compete for their attention? It can be done, according to librarian and educator Michael Sullivan. In Connecting Boys with Books, he provides the tools that librarians, school library media specialists, and educators need to overcome cultural and developmental challenges, stereotyping, and lack of role models that essentially program boys out of the library. Attracting boys to library programs in the tween years will go a long way in maintaining their interest in books and reading over a lifetime, creating good habits from a young age. Based on his experiences with boys in both educational and library settings, Sullivan's practical and proven programming builds on the unique developmental needs and interests of boys in this middle stage. Certain stories, types of characters, action, humor, and mischief are sure to appeal. Here are the guidelines for connecting with boys by: Finding and promoting male readers as role models; Using the power of chess, games, and other challenging (and competitive) activities; Encouraging physical responses to books in a w
 

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Lost Boys
1
Reaching Out to Boys and Men
8
Its Still about Books
22
From Story Hour to Independent Reading
44
Chess Games and Challenges
57
The Power of Stories
73
Reading Talking and Promoting Books
95
CONCLUSION
109
BIBLIOGRAPHY
113
INDEX
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Michael Sullivan is the author of several books, including Raising Boy Readers, Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do, Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap, and Serving Boys through Readers' Advisory. He has spoken widely on the topic of boys and reading as well as library administration and the place and power of children's services. He was a childrens librarian and library director in public libraries for more than fifteen years and taught public library administration for five years at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.

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