Week 13 Prompt
I am very surprised that many people don't feel that YA, NA, and graphic novels are not legitimate literary choices and that libraries shouldn't be spending money on them or promoting them to adults. I also did not know that the common belief is that adults still don't or shouldn't read that stuff. Now that I think of it though, I have had several adults ask me for YA books, tell me they like them and seem apologetic about it. I guess I didn't think much of them acting that way because I like YA myself and I was not aware that that was a wide spread belief. I enjoy YA and graphic novels. Many years ago, when I read my first graphic novel it took getting used to but I didn't think it was just for kids at all. The artists who do them are very talented. Of course, I still read chapter books from the children's department too :) I guess my attitude is, "Do I want to read this?" and that's the only requirement for reading it - I want to - there are no limits except that. There are some fantastic YA books. The thought that adults shouldn't read them is just plain silly. Plus, how will we talk with teens about books if we never read any of the same books? We definitely should work to ensure that we serve adults who enjoy YA and graphic novels. We can do this by creating displays just for YA and graphic novels in "adult" areas of the library not just in a "teen" corner and also by including YA and graphic novels in mixed displays - like in a display on a topic or subject - we should remember to just put YA and graphic novels in there too. Additionally, adult librarians should make it a point to be aware of new releases and hot titles in both genres even if they don't personally like reading them. BUT, they should give them a try before they say they won't read them.