Create, Innovate, and Serve: A Radical Approach to Children’s and Youth Programming

ALA. Jan. 2019. 312p. ed. by Campana, Kathleen & J. Elizabeth Mills, eds. index. pap. $64.99. ISBN 9780838917206.
With this collection of scholarly essays, editors Campana and Mills use Eliza T. Dresang’s framework of Radical Change, which lays out ways in which digital-age youths are interacting with their changing world, to explore examples of innovative children’s and youth programming in the public library. The pieces in the first section cover theoretical concepts, such as librarians as media mentors and inclusivity in the library. Though useful, these dense, academic sections may be intimidating to some. The second section details public library programming, organized by age group, such as the San Francisco Public Library’s STEM programming. The depth and breadth of activities are valuable and relevant, and readers will appreciate the information on how to measure the success of a program.
VERDICT Librarians interested in transforming their approach to programs and activities and drawing on research-supported theory may find this text a useful starting point, but those seeking practical programming ideas may be overwhelmed.

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