Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills

Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills

Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills

Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills


Teen parents and their children represent an underserved, high-need population in many communities. Libraries have the potential to significantly influence the quality of life for teen parent families by providing free access to information and resources, developing specific programs, and serving as a safe, public learning environment. "Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills" helps library staff support teen parents as their children's first teachers, positively affecting two generations at once.

The authors explain how to successfully communicate with this group and build upon their competencies and strengths. They offer best practices, professional anecdotes, and step-by-step direction on connecting with teen parents, collaborating with community partners, locating funding options, and implementing successful programs. This invaluable guide is the most comprehensive resource currently available that directly addresses the needs of librarians serving the teen-parent demographic.


We firmly believe that all teens deserve distinct and diverse library services. They also should be provided equal access to library services, and those services should be equal to those offered to other library customers. The wide array of titles in this series supports these beliefs. We are very excited about Serving Teen Parents as the newest addition to our series. Teens who are parents have a wide variety of needs as they juggle, and often struggle, with being teens and taking care of their child. For this reason, library services to them must take into consideration their multiple roles. Authors Klor and Lapin’s collaboration has done a fine job in offering ideas to reach this often overlooked group of teens.

We are proud of our association with Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, which continues to prove itself as the premier publisher of books to help library staff serve teens. This series has succeeded because our authors know the needs of those library employees who work with young adults. Without exception, they have written useful and practical handbooks for library staff.

We hope you find this book, as well as our entire series, to be informative, providing you with valuable ideas as you serve teens and that this work will further inspire you to do great things to make teens welcome in your library. If you have an idea for a title that could be added to our series, or would like to submit a book proposal, please email us at lu-books@ We’d love to hear from you.

Mary Anne Nichols C. Allen Nichols . . .

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