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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