As a result of interviewing two teens about their reading interests, certain discoveries and learning are summarized here for library science students and librarians:
- High quality, educational interviews about young adult reading interests are realized by using face-to-face settings rather than phone interviews or communication via screen technology.
- Family involvement, support, and role models (especially mothers) can strongly influence teens’ reading interests and choices.
- Teens do not have time to read for enjoyment while school is in session, and they may strongly dislike or be disinterested about literature assignments from their school teachers.
- Young adult collection development should include consideration of reading lists from local high schools and non-fiction titles that are engaging, as well as familiarity with available movie adaptations of teen literature.
- Although teens may be comfortable asking for recommendations at the library reference desk, librarians should be knowledgeable and aware concerning both scholarly and popular online sources for book recommendations.