Don’t get knocked up!

birth control and protection cover

Birth Control and Protection
Options for Teens

Today we have another teen heath book. It is now 20 years old. Like all medical information, this should be treated as suspect. Even if it hasn’t changed, teens need current information, just like adults. Also, these types of books also have referral information. I actually think this is probably one of the most important features of weeding criteria. Think about what wasn’t around in 2000. Not all businesses or organizations had website or social media presence. No smart phones. Limited texting. (I tried some early texting using only the phone key pad. It took me about a half an hour to write “hi”. No thanks.) Also important, books like this need to look current. Bottom line remember your audience.

More than one teen librarian has shared with me about marketing what they call “sensitive topics”. This can be a bookmark, flyer or something subtle that provides finding help for teens without making them feel weird or having to directly ask a librarian. Any teen/school librarians that want to share their ideas about reaching this group, I am all ears.

Bottom line. Weed this and move on with your life.




  1. If that doofy-looking guy thinks he’s going to get lucky with that girl on the cover, he’s a very optimistic person.

    1. Maybe that’s how they prevent teen pregnancy. Boys only hit on girls way out of their league.

      Her expression certainly could be “fake smile while trying to get away from dork.”

  2. I would have guessed it to be even older by the cover. It looks post-hippie/pre-disco. I think it might have put off kids in 2000. (Who might have teens of their own now!)

    But not having today’s internet sources means it’s practically useless.

    Weed — straight into the recycle bin.

    1. I wouldn’t have guessed quite that old, but at first glance, I did think it was from somewhere in my own high school years, maybe 1984 or so. Maybe they were trying to make it look ‘timeless?”

  3. That teen on the back cover is so clearly carrying a soccer ball under her shirt, it’s laughable! Even if you “carry high,” the baby is not in your liver.

  4. The cover art says “graphic design for staid websites c. 2000” to me. On the serious side, yes please keep medical information and guidance accurate via review and removal of spent material.

  5. Honestly, as a teen, this looks pretty good to me other than the outdated images (and even then I know some people, like myself, wouldn’t mind). Kids know how to look up information on the internet. If I read a book and I want to know more, I don’t look for the websites on the back, I go to Google.

    1. I would avoid lists of website, but some expected-to-be-there-forever things like CDC, Mayo Clinic maybe, so on, and a short advice on avoiding quackery and agenda pushing dishonesty.

  6. For teen-focused nonfiction, a good rule of thumb is consider weeding any books aged out of its teens (are likely sooner).

  7. We all realize by now, one problem is the impulsiveness of youth. Their ability to think long term is still forming, yet the sex organs and sex drive are fully developed, and the brain is not used to all those hormones yet. Only fueling the impulsiveness still more!

    Most ‘teens don’t really go into those situations intending to have sex, but one thing leads to another!
    The parents need to look at it from that perspective

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