A radical approach to children's and youth programming

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/10/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Library services are transforming to emphasize interactive, innovative, participatory, and often production-centered programming. It’s a truly radical approach, and tomorrow’s LIS graduates in children’s and youth services need a resource that helps them understand this programming as it pertains to these age ranges. “Create, Innovate, and Serve: A Radical Approach to Children's and Youth Programming,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, meets that need. Edited by Kathleen Campana and J. Elizabeth Mills, and featuring a foreword by Susan Hildreth, this text brings together a wide range of perspectives from both practice and research to survey this new landscape of programming for children and youth. Providing in-depth information crucial to those who will soon encounter these programs in library settings, this volume:

  • delves into a wide variety of different programs, discussing their crucial elements and how to develop, plan, and deliver them;
  • uses case studies of innovative practices to address such key issues as diversity, equity, media mentorship, community partnerships, dedicated library spaces, discussion-based programming, and assessment;
  • presents annotated bibliographies of research, organized by young children (birth to 5), middle childhood (ages 6 to 12), and teens (ages 13 and up); and
  • examines children and youth programming trends, teaching how to recognize and incorporate these trends into all types of programs.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Previously, the authors collaborated (with Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting) on the book “Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide.” Campana is an assistant professor at the Kent State University Information School, where she teaches in the area of youth services. Prior to joining Kent State, she earned her PhD at the University of Washington Information School. Mills is a PhD candidate and the Beverly Cleary Research Assistant at the University of Washington Information School. She studies how public children’s librarians use the design concept of reflection in their storytime planning, delivery, and assessment. She has written many books for children, including “The Spooky Wheels on the Bus,” published by Scholastic, Inc.

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