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Defending the Right to Read Wikispace!

Street Literature otherwise known as Urban Fiction is a literary genre that provide readers with reality based stories about the streets that are authentic, unapologetic and truthful. While these re popular with adult readers, the genre has now attracted a new audience of teen and tween readers. Should librarians purchase these books and promote them? Are these books really literature? Should teens and tweens have free access to them?

The Defending the Right to Read panel discussion was held on August 6, 2010 at the 2010 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. During this discussion, the panelists explored the impact and appeal of Street Literature on teens/tweens, why librarians should include these books in their collections and how school and public librarians have promoted the books in their library programs. This wikispace was created as a means to communicate, collaborate, and share ideas and information with librarians, teachers and supporters of the genre.

The Defending the Right to Read panel was organized and moderated by Keshia Garnett, Manager of the Indian Trails Library Division - Wheeling, Illinois Participants of this panel discussion also included:

Tamela Chambers
Library Media Specialist
Bradwell School of Excellence
Chicago, IL

K.C. Boyd
Library Media Specialist
Wendell Phillips High School
Chicago, Illinois

Keshia Garnett
Public Services Division Manager
Indian Trails Public Library District
Wheeling, IL