Reflections: I dream of Paris
As I began my last class working on my MLS, I dreamed of going to Italy. In fact, the plan was The Mr. and I were going to go as a graduation present. I had even gotten a big, fat, luscious travel guide to Italy for Christmas that year. It was a glorious Christmas present full of dream and promise. Later that semester, however, I learned that I was pregnant. And then I learned about HG. Needless to say, I have still never been to Italy. I tried to convince The Mr. that we should name our baby Italy, but he said we couldn’t name our child after a dream deferred.
Now, that baby is a Tween, the oldest of 2. Like me, she is a dreamer. She dreams of going to Paris. I don’t know how it happened, her falling in love with Paris, but she did. She swears I told her if she got all As and Bs in high school I would take her as a graduation present. Wouldn’t you think I would have asked for straight As? But if we do go, and I hope we do, we’ll have to slide on over to Italy for a couple of days, just so I can finally say I have been. Maybe one day we can both see our dreams fulfilled, together. There is nothing I would like more.
Like a lot of tweens/teens, she is going through the fashion design phase of her life. Every Thursday we watch Project Runway together. So this year, I went in search for the perfect Christmas present for her and I struck gold.
|Some original Tween fashion designs
It all began during Zest Books week. They had all these great fashion books and I thought, I will get a copy of them for her. But then – a miracle – I found this Paris themed trunk. I don’t know about you, but one of my librarian quirks is that I am obsessed with storage and organizational things – please tell me I am not alone in this. So I filled her Paris trunk with fashion and craft books from Zest Books, and then added in some fun supplies – like different colored duct tape, beads and baubles, etc.
|The magnificent Paris trunk
|Full of books and supplies
|The tween looks at “The Look Book” while sporting her own unique look.
|Let the crafting begin!
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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