Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens

Teens may know the basics about the birds and the bees, but their questions certainly don’t stop there! Libraries play a critical role in helping teens safely explore their questions about sex and sexuality, but talking about these issues with teens can be challenging. Presenter, mk Eagle will share a wide range of both fiction and nonfiction YA titles that teens and librarians can use to broach the topic of sex and sexuality. 

In this webinar, library workers who serve teens will learn how to crack the code when teens ask for books about sex. In addition, participants will learn tips for how to approach conversations with teens about sex and sexuality, and how to make the library a safe space for everyone. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this webinar will:

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

This webinar addresses YALSA Competencies

  • Area I: Leadership and Professionalism
  • Area II: Knowledge of Client Group
  • Area V: Knowledge of Materials
  • Area VI: Access to Information

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens. 

Certificates of participation are available for webinar attendees who attend the entire 1 hour webinar.

Instructor

mk Eagle is a high school librarian in the Boston area who has also managed the YALSA Blog since 2009. A two-time presenter at Sex::Tech, an annual conference on new media, youth & sexual health, mk is also the author of Answering Teens' Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide (Neal-Schuman, 2012).

Date & Time

July 19 at 2pm Eastern.

Fees

  •  $29 for students
  •  $39 for individual YALSA members
  •  $49 for all other individuals
  • $195 for group registrations. YALSA’s group rate provides an institution with 10 individual logins.

Technical Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the Adobe Connect platform. Please ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player Version 10.1 or later on your computer. Audio for this webinar will be streamed over computer speakers, and you will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.

You can conduct a test to ensure your computer is set up with the appropriate tools to participate in YALSA’s webinar.

If you have never participated in a webinar before, you can watch an overview of a webinar.

How to Register

Reserve your seat today!

Registration is also available with a purchase order or by mail. Please download this form and submit with a purchase order or check. Faxed or mailed registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the Thursday webinar.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing up to two weeks prior to the event. No phone cancellations will be accepted. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the registration amount. Please mail registration cancellations to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; fax to 312-280-1538; or email toregistration@ala.org. Refunds will be processed after the event. YALSA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop for insufficient registration or other reasons.

Contact

Eve Gaus at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5293