Dear Teen Me, with love from Stephie Jo
|You will always love eating…|
One thing to get out of the way and quickly. When you are 13, someone extremely close to you (not family) is going to die in a terrible car accident. And you will spend months in a dark place because of how close you were to this person and how much you just don’t understand death. You cannot change things, so I will never tell you who, but just know that death is a part of life and even though we never understand how or why young people are taken from us, God has a master plan. Another angel to watch over you is never a bad thing in the years to come.
|Stephanie as a senior (far right)|
So, what can I tell you to try to help? All those girls you try so hard to be like? Waste of time. You’re not friends with any of them. You only keep in touch through the Internet. You have good friends now but you ditch them because they weren’t pretty/smart/cool enough to hang around. The good part is…they become your closest friends in the end. So save them the heartache of being a total jerkface to them and just be cool. They ALWAYS have your back.
|Shoulder belongs to hubby. (;|
Stephie Jo, or Stephanie Wilkes as we now call her, is the Young Adult Coordinator for the Ouachita Parish Public Library in Monroe, Louisiana. I’ve been a ‘librarian’ since 2008, when I graduated from LSU with my MLIS, but working in libraries since 2004 with teens (when I was barely older than they were). My passion is working with teens to connect them to great books. My favorite authors: David Levithan, John Green, John Corey Whaley, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, and Philip K. Dick (not YA but still full of awesome). I probably could name several more…=) I am the founder and festival director of the North Louisiana Teen Book Festival which will be making it’s debut on April 6, 2013. And then, after 5 pm, I’m a wife to a huge Batman fan and a mother to the most amazing son in the world. Tough life, but somebody’s gotta do it!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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