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She was a woman who would change my destiny. She was a woman who would later ask me to condense my entire life on one short page of a foreword. 4 Teens are often interested in controversial topics. Subjects such as sexuality, religion, drug and alcohol use, music, philosophy, and psychology are often explored for the first time during adolescence. Reading and talking about these issues allow teens to discover how they feel about things, which leads to an understanding of who they are on a variety of levels.

For African American students, in particular, violence in school is the single biggest problem they identify (51%); high school students in the South also indicate that school violence is a serious problem (40%). The majority of America's teens say they feel happy (93%), cared about (91%), confident (86%), and fortunate (84%). Seventy-three percent of teens who say their parents read to them very frequently feel confident they have made the right decisions in their choice of friends, compared to only 52 percent of teens who say their parents read to them infrequently.

Bare Bones Young Adult Services addresses many of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) raised on the electronic discussion lists and in the SUS training workshops. It includes practical information about ways to involve teens in planning for library service to young adults and ideas for successful young adult programs. It also addresses questions about ways to make effective use of technology and the Internet with teens in the library and how to establish a successful young adult area and collection.

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