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Dear Teen Me: Children and Technology committee — Jennifer Hopwood

On October 30th, Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was published. It is a new book of letters from 70 different authors to their teenage selves. The publisher offered an opportunity to bloggers to write their own letters to their teen selves.
Think about it. What advice would you offer to your teen self? Today you will find a variety of posts from different ALSC Bloggers writing to themselves as teens. We hope they make you think about the kids you work with and what they may be going through. And maybe you’d like to write your own letter to yourself as a teen.

Dear Teen Me…

Right now you are probably sitting there bored in computer class listening to the teacher explain stuff you already know how to do. Yeah, you probably should have taken it as a hint that you will always be known as the tech person. Wish I could tell you that you majored in Computer Science, but instead you did a double major in English and Education. You don’t actually become a teacher, but let’s be honest, teaching high school English wasn’t what you really wanted to do with your life. That job you have right now shelving books at the library after school…remember it cause that is where your future is heading.

Working in libraries is going to lead you on many adventures from writing articles for peer publications (Yay! You’re published!) to blogging about books (oh, yeah, blogging is like having a message board online where you post all kinds of things for others to read and comment) and graphic novels . You are also going to be presenting workshops and something called webinars (think teaching via computer) to hundreds of other librarians. Who knew that the shy quiet girl who hid the covers of the historical romance novels from the nuns at school would become such a loud mouth? (Don’t worry, you still read them. In fact, one of your soon to be favorite Historical Romance authors, Patricia Cabot, is going to start publishing under her real name and you are going to love her. She goes by Meg now.)

If this is the year you have Astronomy and Electronics as electives, be very thankful. Yeah, you love the art classes, but one day you are going to find yourself doing so much with space. There is something called STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. You are going to become very interested in this and do a lot of library collaboration with like NASA people. This is another good thing because you are going to have a little boy who wants to be a rocket scientist when he grows up. You are also going to become obsessed with something called Web 2.0. This means you are going to spend a lot of time on the Internet (don’t worry, it gets faster and you don’t have to worry about someone picking up the phone).

I know you are waiting for that most important bit of information, right? Sadly, take your mom up on the offer to fix you up with that guy from her work for prom. Good news in college! Yes, you do finally get a boyfriend. In fact, you marry him.

So I guess what I am really trying to tell you is you may think that you got your life planned out and know what you want to be, etc. However, you are really just still learning and growing and moving on to the next challenge. You are a very firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Everything always works out.


Our guest blogger today is Jennifer Hopwood, a Youth Services Librarian at the Franklin T DeGroodt Memorial Library, and a member of the ALSC Children and Technology committee.
If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at

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