Services for Black Youth • Putting Characteristics into Action
Activity: Consider the Practical


Lesson 7 presents the example of librarian Kathyrn Cole at Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC, who works with a diverse student population. A welcoming space displaying positive messaging and culturally responsive texts are some ways in which this librarian and library demonstrate research into practice for literacy development for students of color. Summer programming in partnership with the public library is one approach utilized to address summer slide, with particular attention to the practical and academic needs of students and families.


Analyze and reflect on your school's student and family demographics, including language(s) spoken at home. Use school, local, and state data (as available) and U.S. Census data ( to compile current, accurate information. Using the example of Kathryn Cole and the Northside library, consider the practical side of your students' academic needs (e.g., access to library in the summer). What are some of these needs, and what steps can you and the school library program take to address them? Pay particular attention to students outside of your own ethnic/cultural group(s) and those who may be underserved by existing programming. Make a list of potential school and community partners you could approach in your efforts.


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MLA Citation Morris, Rebecca J. "Services for Black Youth: Consider the Practical." School Library Connection, May 2017,

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