Beyond the birds and the bees: what to do when teens talk sex in the library

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/26/2012

Contact:

Stephanie Kuenn
Web Services Manager
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
1-800-545-2433, ext. 2128
skuenn@ala.org

CHICAGO — Teens often bring their questions about sex — or questions  “from a friend” — to trusted staff at the library. But discussing sexuality with teens can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Library staff can find guidance on negotiating this tricky subject by joining mk Eagle for "Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens," YALSA’s July 19 webinar at 2 p.m. EDT. Registration is open at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Webinar attendees will learn about:

  • fiction and nonfiction titles addressing issues of sex and sexuality;
  • tactics for approaching conversations about sex and sexuality;
  • ways to make the library a safe space for all teens exploring issues of sex and sexuality.

Eagle, a longtime YALSA member, is the author of  "Answering Teens’ Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide"  from the Teens in the Library series (Neal-Schuman, 2012), and the member manager of YALSABlog.

Register today! Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for group registrations. YALSA’s group rate applies to a group of people that will watch the webinar together in one location.

Questions can be directed to Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at egaus@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5293.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.