Youth Social Action in the Library

Cultivating Change Makers

by Gina Seymour


School and youth librarians can empower students to effect positive change in their communities.

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October 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 140
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
  Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
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Learn how to take an apolitical, unbiased stance to support students as they pursue research, literature connections, maker activities, and civic engagement projects in their communities, nationally, and globally.

This book outlines school and public library programs, activities, and collaborative projects that will help students learn how to accomplish their goals in their communities. Highlighting the role of the librarian in fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills, the book explores controversial topics to qualify and expand best practices.

By incorporating the programs in the book, librarians can help students learn how to have reasoned arguments inside and outside of the classroom and to become responsible members of society. UN Sustainable Development Goals are addressed, making this book not only based in community but global in scope. Numerous examples of youth activism from volunteering to protest marches are explained and are broad enough to be applied not only to current trends but also to future causes.


  • Analyzes librarians' roles as mentors for youth
  • Discusses contemporary issues grounded in enduring and predictive concepts
  • Stresses arguing factual points and peaceful discourse
  • Includes lesson planning resources
  • Features literature connections suitable for read-alouds or Big Read programs
Author Info

Gina Seymour is library media specialist at Islip High School, NY. An author and national speaker, she was named to Library Journal's Movers & Shakers (2017) list as a "Change Agent," and as a AASL Social Media Superstar Finalist in the category of Social Justice Defender, in addition to being awarded the Suffolk School Library Media Association's School Librarian of the Year in 2014. She is author of Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth and shares her work, musings and reflections on her blog and on Twitter @ginaseymour.

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Makers with a Cause cover imageChallenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace cover imageService Learning, Information Literacy, and Libraries cover image
The Elementary School Library Makerspace cover imageLibraries, Literacy, and African American Youth cover imageContemporary Youth Activism cover image

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