Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults

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Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults. By Audrey Barbakoff. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 136 p. Paper $49 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1391-8).

Geared toward an underrepresented population in public libraries, this book aims to describe programming for emerging adults--defined by the author as those who are in their twenties to early thirties. The focus is on providing information about emerging adults' use of libraries, demonstrating the importance of programming targeted to this group, and justifying this type of programming to library stakeholders.

The book is divided into three main parts: an introduction that explains the research supporting programming specifically for emerging adults, a middle section detailing actual programming ideas, and a conclusion that discusses how and why to evaluate such programming. The highlighted research points to a need for programming to this age group: The author cites evidence showing that emerging adults rank libraries as less important than older adults do, even though 88 percent of emerging adults reported reading a book in the past year, compared to 79 percent of older adults. In other words, emerging adults are readers, but they aren't visiting our libraries.

The programs that the author describes are all based on play, as research has shown that this is often integral to learning for people of all ages. …

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