Yesterday was my one-year anniversary as a teen librarian. I’ve learned a lot, and gotten to do a lot of really cool things with really cool people. It’s hard to choose a favorite program/service/interaction, but looking back, here are twelve of my favorite moments (in no particular order, because how could I choose a single favorite anything?) from the last year:
- Watching a teen who’d caused some trouble at the beginning of the school year become a leader at gaming programs, even teaching me Kendama tricks at one game night and encouraging me to keep practicing.
- Working with a couple members of the Teen Advisory Board to plan and run our Kendama Tournament.
- Watching a young woman find her dream dress at our Project Fairy Godmother Prom Dress Giveaway. When a staff member told her she looked like a princess, she informed her, hands on hips, “I am a princess.”
- Doing book talks in an English Language Learning class with an amazing, enthusiastic teacher. After I pitched Alexandra Diaz’s The Only Road, the teacher asked, “Who wants to read that book right now?” and the entire class raised their hands. When I was finished presenting, the students then raced to check out our digital copies of the book.
- Working with the English Language Arts Coordinator at one of the local middle schools to allow all of their students to access our digital resources with their student ID number.
- Having a teen share some poems he wrote with me.
- Geeking out with an enthusiastic reader over the last book in the Selection series.
- Sharing tips with a teen writer as we both made our way through NaNoWriMo together.
- Having a teen share the designs he made in a digital art class, which blew my mind.
- Meeting and chatting with so many students about everything from books to Hamilton to Pokemon Go during book talks.
- Having a passive reader’s advisory interaction with a teen who asked for book recommendations on the white board in the Teen Room.
- Watching students in friendly competition doing the Kahoot! trivia I made about our digital resources during book talks.
There have been many, many more awesome moments, and I’m looking forward to many more years of working with these amazing young people!