In Which I Say Thanks and We Give Away Books
Sometime last week, I realized that this week we would reach over 1 million page views. And because you have to have goals in life, it suddenly became mine. I don’t know why, but you know, you have to have something to obsess about. Late last Tuesday night, we did it!
I felt like I had just walked onto a spaceship. Full of dinosaurs. It was epic. (Yes, that was a gratuitous Doctor Who reference.)
Here’s the thing. I started TLT at a very scary time in my life. Our old town had just flooded and we had lost almost everything. Well, a lot. But more importantly, we learned the true horror that life can throw at you. At the same time, we were getting ready to move because of The Mr.’s job & well, we all know what is happening in the library world, I didn’t know how easy it would be to find a job. So I started TLT because this is what I am: a librarian. This is my passion, my calling, my love. And I needed to find a way to keep doing it, even if I couldn’t find a job in this scary new land we were moving to.
|Karen and Her Favorite 5-year-old.|
It has been a little over 2 years now. I do have a part-time teen librarian job. But TLT has turned out to be such a major blessing. You see, because of TLT I have met an amazing number of passionate librarians, authors and teens and it has been epic. Truly, amazingly, life-changingly epic. Plus, I now have Christie, Heather and Robin in my life. (I miss Stephanie, sniff.)
|Christie and My Favorite Pre-Teen|
So we have over 1 million page views, and we could not have done it without you. So many of you have shared your passion, often in guest posts. You have shared your stories and your favorite books, your heart and your dedication. I have found my people – and you rock.
So thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for writing, and thank you for demonstrating time and time again the basic goodness that can be found in this world. And thank you for joining me in the fight for reading, libraries and teen advocacy.
So let’s give stuff away . . .
As a thank you, we are giving away books. Christie, Heather, Robin and I are each giving away 1 small box of books/ARCs that we have accumulated (probably around 5 books in each box). So that means we’ll have 4 boxes, so 4 winners. Do the Rafflecopter thing. We’ll choose 4 winners and each of us will send a box in the mail. Sadly, because of the cost of shipping, we are asking for U.S. residents only and I am sorry. We’re taking entries until Friday, December 6th.
We really do appreciate your sharing this journey with us.
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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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