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Getting to Know Your Librarians – Josie


What should we call you?


Where can we find you?

Why teen services?
There are so many different and fun things to do, plus I like working with teens.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Go Ask Alice – It’s entertaining and informative!
I refer teens to Learning Express Library the most, who doesn’t need free test prep?

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?
My favorite book of all time is a toss between Roots by Alex Haley or A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.  However, as a teen, I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 15 times. I used to make little hash marks on the back cover after every read.  Was it a library book you ask?  I will never tell!  My favorite books right now?  The Hunger Games series.

You live in Seattle – To umbrella or not to umbrella?
No umbrella, but yes to cute rain hat.

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
Ferry rides and the Sounder Train. There are so many things to do right outside of Seattle.

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
Barcelona, Spain.

What is your favorite word?  My favorite word is googolplex, which is a unimaginably huge number. My most hated word is niiiiice. Not as in, have a nice day, but using nice in lieu of cool. Eeewww!


What is your motto?
PLAY HARD, LIVE HARD, DIE HARD…just joking, I don’t believe in mottos.

Getting to Know Your Librarians – Carol


What should we call you? 

Where can we find you? 
Teen Center at Central

Why teen services?
Coolest of the cool librarian jobs.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Learning Express Library – not really reference, but changes lives with better grade scores for employment or school

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?

All time favorite book – To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite current book – Revolver

You live in Seattle – To umbrella or not to umbrella?
Never be seen with an umbrella!

The best thing about living in Seattle …
The environment – both natural and socially conscious.

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
Lopez Island, WA

What is your favorite word?
Jibe!  It’s a sailing term for a turning technique that can be dangerous, but so very useful when you need it most.

What is your motto?
Don’t go to the hardware store for milk.

Getting to know your librarians – Wendy


What should we call you?

Where can we find you?
Beacon Hill

Why teen services?
The first class I took in library school was Young Adult Literature.  We read Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, and a lot of graphic novels and manga.  I was hooked!  Now someone pays me to read my favorite books and sometimes I get to play video games at work!

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Novelist (scroll down & click on Novelist) and is a great online database that lets you find new books based on books or authors you already know you like.  After I finished the Hunger Games Trilogy, I typed in “Mockingjay” and found my next book: Exodus by Julie Bertanga.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?
Picking my all time favorite book is pretty much impossible.  I’ve read Matilda by Roald Dahl probably more times than I can count so that’s at the top of the list along with When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  My favorite books that I’ve read recently are Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

You live in Seattle – To umbrella or not to umbrella?
I’ve lost every single umbrella I’ve ever owned, so none for me!

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
Is it ridiculous to say the weather?  I love the short but gorgeous summers we have here and that it never gets too cold.  I lived in Texas where it could be 110 degrees for the entire month of August, and in Illinois where it could be -10 in January. I’ll trade that for a little rain!

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
New Zealand (the prettiest place on the planet)!


What is your favorite word?

What is your motto?
I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. (Margaret Mead)

Teen Link

You’ve probably seen the posters around school or had someone talk to you about them at school, but if you haven’t, this post is for you. At a recent meeting Daemond Arindell from Teen Link came to talk to us. We got to ask him questions and learn a lot about Teen Link.
Teen Link is an anonymous 24 hour* crisis line for teens that is answered by teens. They can help you with any problems you have in your everyday life.   Okay, so now that you know WHAT Teen Link is here’s basically how the interview went.

TCA: What really is Teen Link?

DA: It’s a help line, it deals with everything no matter how small. It is anonymous and confidential and you don’t have to give information you don’t want to give. And it is non-judgemental.

TCA: What is a typical call about?

DA: There is no such thing, calls that come in are about everything. There are a lot about relationships with people in general. We are not  about giving advice, we are about helping you figure out what you want to talk about.

TCA: How many calls are there usually a night?

DA: It varies. There are usually 5 or 6 calls a night. Sometimes there are lots of calls, sometimes there are no calls. It’s a small program, there’s usually just 2 phone ringers a night.

TCA: Do the people at Teen Link have to go through training?

DA: There is lots of training, we help our volunteers build on natural the natural technique of communication and how to listen. Also how not to be judgemental. There is about 55 hours of training, but it is very helpful.

TCA: How do you keep your cool when someone threatens suicide?

DA: Well, it’s normal to get a little nervous but it’s not your fault. I’d be a little worried if you didn’t get a little scared. The training is pretty in-depth though.

TCA: What is your most memorable experience?

DA: Everything is memorable in its own way, for example the role play we did in training.

TCA: On a scale of 1-10 how depressing are the calls.

DA: It really depends on the call. After every call we explain what was said. So you have a tremendous amount of support. It’s pretty rewarding knowing you helped someone.

TCA: Is it ever hard not to report?

DA: It’s pretty difficult to report since it anonymous, so our focus is really just supporting the caller.

TCA:  Do you ever have people who call a lot who you form a relationship with?

DA: You can’t because that creates dependency which is not what we want.

TCA: Has anyone ever committed suicide on the phone?

DA: Not on Teen Link maybe on the crisis line though.

TCA: What do you do during downtime?

DA: There are computers there to use and you can also talk with each other.

TCA: What are the times?

DA: 6-10 pm everyday for the phone line, but there are varying times for the other parts of the program.

TCA: Are there any patterns to the calls?

DA: The days we go to schools we get more calls. And there are lots in spring because there are suicide spikes in that time. This is because it’s nice out and you still feel sad so you start to wonder about that.

TCA: Is there anything else you want to tell us about Teen Link?

DA: Everyone can learn to be a better listener and we will all face a friend going through hard times or it will be us. The skills you learn in this program will help you in your everyday life.  Also the requirement to volunteer for the program is you need to be under 20, though sometime we extend the age limit for previous people. Once you age out though, you can do the adult line.  There is more training though, and the calls are traced.

So I hope this helped you understand exactly what Teen Link is and remember that if you ever just want to talk or have a problem and want to go to a non-judgemental person call Teen Link.

Here are ways to get  more information about Teen Link or how to contact them:              

Website: http://www.866Teenlink.org                                                                                                                      

Number: 1-866-TEENLINK

-Kiarra, Teen Center Advisor

*Please see Eric’s comment below for edit.

Be inspired by fresh teen art

The Ballard Branch is hosting student artwork from Ballard High School the entire month of May, but you can only purchase the artwork during the Ballard Art Walk. The art walk is Saturday, May 8th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Ballard Branch is a part of the walk. There will be music, food, and of course lots of fresh teen artwork. Stop by and check it out for yourself!

 Amy MacDonald, whose work was featured on the event poster, shared a bit about her work and art with Lynn Miller, a Teen Librarian at Ballard.  On art, “I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. When I was little, I drew on everything…and if you go around my house to this day there are still some bizarre marks on the wall that refused to come off when I was three. I love making art because it gives me a chance to show the world how I see things.”

On her piece, “when I first started stippling the “Bolivian Miner” it was a school assigned project. We had to choose a photograph out of a magazine and do our best to recreate the image using dot with ink and a pen point. At that time, I didn’t fully realize the task I had undertaken. About 50% of my picture was solid black, and I had to make it solid black, with the tip of a pen. I remember my mom making me sit down every night to do more work on my picture. It was a tedious project to say the least. I really like the finished product however, and hope to do more stippling in the future.”

P.C. Cast Loves the Swears

pc and kristin cast (taken with a cellphone)Remember that author event we told you about a few weeks ago? You know, the one with P.C. and Kristin Cast, the mother-daughter writing team behind the House of the Night Series. I went and it was great! These two ladies are funny and gracious. They provided the answers to burning questions and offered up some secrets about the series. The Q & A session lasted over 30 minutes so I’ll just give you a brief rundown.

  • According to them, Seattle is pretty and smells like Christmas. While, apparently, during this time of year, Oklahoma smells like ragweed.
  • Want to know how the books are written when there are two authors? – so did I. In P.C. Cast’s own words, “This is what happens, we brainstorm about each book then, I ignore everything we’ve said together, usually, and I write the entire book. In the text of the book I write questions to Kristin and I leave blanks – a lot of the pop references and some analogies.” P.C. sees the book like a movie in her head and loves research (and libraries!). She is also a former high school English teacher.
  • The book series has been optioned for a movie. The authors don’t have any control over the casting and at this point, the movie is still in script form. If you think you are perfect Zoey/Damien/Shaunee/Erin/Jack/Stevie Rae, they encourage you to contact Michael Birnbaum at Empire Pictures (he is the producer).
  • Zoey is modeled after Kristin during her teen years but she is not Kristin’s favorite character. Kristin doesn’t have a favorite character and she hates the Twins so much that she has threatened to kill them off. P.C. identifies with Aphrodite and finds her the easiest character to write.
  • To P.C. and Kristin, Eric Night looks like Tom Welling (of Smallville), James Stark like a young James Dean, and Heath is based on a real-live friend of Kristin’s named Heath.Tom Welling and James Dean
  • When the topic of Zoey’s love life came up, they were both clear on their feelings on girls choosing their life partner before reaching adulthood – it nauseates them!

[Kristin] Who is Zoey going to end up, Phyllis
[PC] Zoey is going to end up with no one while she is not even of legal age. Okay?
[Kristin] That’s true. Because it kind of nauseates us that people think that a 17 year old girl should choose her life partner
[PC] You live way to long to be tied down that soon

  • You may just cry when you read Tempted. I’ve read it – don’t worry, Zoey doesn’t die. There are 12 planned books in the series and since Tempted is the 6th book it would be a little hard to continue the series without the main character! They are 62 pages into Burned, which will be released on May 27, 2010.
  • They do have plans for another YA series, it’s pretty top secret and the most they would say is that it has a post-apocalyptic setting, ala Joss Whedon (Firefly/Serenity).
  • Finally, here is another little clip from the event. P.C. was sharing a story from when Kristin was young:

[PC] I was driving
[Kristin] And cursing
[PC] I said the F-word and she, she looked at me…P.C. stands for Phyllis Christine…and said Phyllis, you would be so much more attractive if you didn’t use that word.
[Kristin] It was a valid point.
[PC] (laughing) You were such hilarious kid! And then I went, F-word, F-word, F-word, and she went, ugh. Kristin is, no matter how hard I’ve tired, she’s a non-drinker just like Zoey and I’m firmly in the camp of drinking as my drug of choice. Kristin…she’s just more boring than I am.
[Kristin] I’m not boring!

If you want to read the entire Q & A click here

I recommend reading it…there’s a lovely little part about how PC kills a character that was modeled after a particularly annoying student she used to have!