“You need a Masters degree to be a Librarian?” “Aren’t you afraid you won’t have a job because libraries are going away?” “You actually want to work with teens?!?” These are just a few of the comments tossed my way when I tell people I am a Teen Educator/Librarian. It’s true, I wouldn’t call myself the stereotypical Librarian, I absolutely hate cats, I don’t wear glasses and saying “Shhhh!” to someone is just not my style.
I’ve had a number of jobs over the years but I discovered I enjoy working with teens when I became a substitute teacher and cheerleading coach. I’ve always loved watching teen movies from the ’80s like Sixteen Candles, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and just about every other teen movie that has come out since. Unfortunately, I noticed something missing from almost all of the movies, adults that have an interest in what the teens think. I soon realized that in the real world, I am the missing adult. I want to know what’s going on with you, I want to know your views on various topics, your likes, your dislikes, how you like to spend your free time, and what problems you face. So here I am today, working to keep you and your friends engaged and connected to the community through free library programs.
Favorite Book: The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Movie: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Favorite TV Show: Scandal
Favorite Current Rapper: J. Cole, feel free to debate me on this.