Maybe they thought they were searching for their guilty pleasures in private, those adults at Monona (WI) Public Library combing the shelves for young adult novels. But they didn’t go unnoticed by librarian Toni Streckert.
She welcomed them in, recommended titles and now has created a book club just for them: Grown-ups who know there is not a more sparkling, compelling short read than a well-written teen novel.
“I’m a book pusher. So I’m always recommending” teen lit, said Streckert, outreach and teen services coordinator for the library and an out-of-the-closet fan of young adult books.
“They have some of the most exciting, concise writing,” she said. “Teens don’t have a long attention span, so your writing has to be so crisp, so polished.”
A dozen people showed up for the first meeting of the library’s new teen-book club, most in their 30s to 60s. Only a couple were parents of a teenager, Streckert said. More from Madison.com.