New Book By SMCL Staff
The San Mateo County Library (SMCL) is pleased to announce a new publication, Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills, authored by Sarah Lapin, Senior Community Program Specialist with SMCL’s adult literacy program in collaboration with Ellin Klor, Children’s Librarian at Santa Clara City Library. Lapin has been serving teen parents through SMCL’s Youth Literacy Project since 2008, helping increase parental awareness about the importance of integrating literacy-rich activities into their daily routines with their children in order to promote healthy childhood development. This book offers a comprehensive guide to working with teen parents and their children, providing practical program ideas for successful school and public library program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Research has shown that children born to teen parents are more likely to begin kindergarten with lower levels of school readiness, evidenced by lower math and reading scores as well as poorer language, communication, and physical and social 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.