Date Approved

8-2-1999

Embargo Period

7-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Creative writing; Public libraries

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This study assessed and analyzed the reasons a selected sample of librarians chose to conduct or not to conduct creative writing programs for children and/or young adults (ages 8-18) in public libraries. Surveys were sent to 100 youth service coordinators in 22 states, with a 67% response rate. Half of the survey recipients were chosen on the likelihood they conducted creative writing programs and the second half were chosen on the basis of geographical location and population served in relation to the first set of libraries. Sixty-one percent of respondents conducted creative writing programs in their libraries, citing literacy promotion as the main reason (85%). The figures indicate one of the major reasons librarians conduct these programs is that they believe the programs to be valuable. Ninety-three percent of respondents from libraries with creative writing programs answered that the programs should be offered in public libraries, compared with 44% of respondents from libraries without creative writing programs.

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