Random Thoughts on Being a YA Librarian

  • I’m so used to focusing on “birth through 18” that I’m having trouble narrowing my viewpoint. For everyday purposes, it’s still good for me to have a wider range, considering I’m the only youth librarian at my branch. But only thinking about teen programs, books, and services is really strange (and strangely liberating).
  • We’re joining The Great Scavenger Hunt at our libraries, a contest sponsored by Kay Cassidy, the author of The Cinderella Society.  Our 8- to 19-year-old patrons can read a book on the list, take a trivia quiz written by the author of that book, and then I enter them into a contest to win a $50 bookstore gift card.  If someone from our system wins, our libraries get a big box of Hunt books.  It’s free to sign up; my only costs were printing the quizzes for staff to photocopy, and the time it took me to look for the books in our catalog and make an Excel spreadsheet.
  • I’m done with school visits, and I’ve already been recognized out in the real world.  I must be making some impact, because teens are requesting the books I booktalked, and asking about the programs I talked up.  Also, we have 20 teens signed up for our summer art classes.  One month in (as of today!) and I can most certainly say I feel like I fit into this community better than the last one I worked in.
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2 Responses to “Random Thoughts on Being a YA Librarian”

  1. Few things more gratifying than teens wanting to check out books you’ve booktalked! And I think having 20 teens signed up for art classes is fantastic!

  2. Have you read “Matched” yet? I saw it in an issue of Entertainment Weekly while I was working at the library at Olivet College and asked for it for Christmas. GREAT YA book. I can’t wait ’til the sequel comes out this fall…November is too far away!

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