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November 10, 1978

Teenage Sex and the Librarian

Author Affiliations

Monadnock Community Hospital Peterborough, NH

JAMA. 1978;240(20):2154-2155. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290200032011

To the Editor.—  E. James Lieberman, MD (240:275, 1978), has written a concise, informative article on methods of birth control that teenagers should know about. He mentions the numerous books written for young people and their parents on the problem of teenage sex. From a librarian's standpoint, the problem is teenage access to such books.Medical Books and Serials in Print 19781 lists 29 books under the subject "Sex Instruction for Children and Youth." Books in Print 1978-19792 lists another 20 titles. It seems that there certainly are enough well-written books on sex and young people, some of which are listed.3-7 But can these youngsters obtain these books? In almost every case, the answer is no.I have been a librarian in schools that included students in kindergarten through eighth grade. These schools included two in northern New Jersey and one in southern New Hampshire. In addition, I