In a recent Phi Delta Kappan article, librarians from North Carolina shared ideas on how to connect with black male students in the school through their involvement in selection of “enabling texts”. Their pilot was based on Alfred Tatum’s theory which promotes selecting books that appeal to black male youth, books that encourage a healthy psyche and “serve as a roadmap for being, doing, thinking and acting.” Librarians involved students throughout the process from selection of books to discussion and book groups.
(Hughes-Hassell, et al, “Librarians Form a Bridge of Books to Advanced Literacy.” Phi Delta Kappan. Feb. 2012, pp. 17-22.)
Submitted by Christie Kaaland, Washington