Some Good Advice
“Dear Abby, My parents don’t let me go out with my friends, even though I’m an A student.”
|Dear Abby wrote a book for teens in 1960. Image via cc on Flickr.|
Pauline Phillips passed away this week. For decades she doled out advice and quips to dedicated readers everywhere in her syndicated Dear Abby column. I was a loyal reader, especially in my teen years when everything seemed so topsy-turvy and as a shy person, I was loathe to ask advice of anyone who actually knew me. Reading her column, I imagined myself in her readers’ shoes, wondered what the rest of their lives were like, pondered just what brought them to put pen to paper and write to a newspaper columnist – not a stranger, just a friend who hadn’t met them yet.
“Dear Abby, I can’t stop blushing.”
Listen first, treat every request with as much respect as any other, and keep a sense of humor.
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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