Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Kathleen W. Craver (Assistant Professor for Library Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 1 April 1982


During my early years as a junior high school librarian, I was frequently beseiged with requests for heart‐throbbing love stories and mysteries. However, as the years passed and the divorce rate increased, I began to encounter students who specifically asked for books about “mean stepparents” or “families where there are problems.” I initially wondered whether these new entreaties emanated from a small minority or from a more substantial cross‐section of the school population. Several well‐received book talks concerning the impact of divorce and a few discreet inquiries regarding the number of single‐parent families at my school convinced me that a general need existed.


Craver, K.W. (1982), "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", Reference Services Review, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 37-39.

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