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Urban Teenagers, Leisure Reading, and the Library Media Program

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In a study of Philadelphia public libraries, they identified five qualities of excellent librarians: *They make an effort to know students, call them by their first names, and develop a personal relationship that extends beyond the child to the family. *They push students to reach beyond their current abilities and to read beyond their current level. *They often do "over-the-shoulder" teaching, helping children as they learn to use computers and as they work on their homework. *They do not just point to materials; they teach children how to use the materials. *In the most difficult circumstances, they form writing clubs, chess clubs, and reading groups.

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