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Dear Teen Me – Children & Technology

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.

Dear Teen Me,

You’ve come a long way since high school. Right now you’re really focused and rather a stick-in-the-mud. The fact that you’ll end up graduating salutatorian of your high school class is not going to make you any happier as an adult. It’s still a great accomplishment, but it doesn’t help you make the world a better place.

I’m not going to lie to you, Teen Me, you have some rough stuff ahead of you. You think people are icky in high school, they are even worse in college and in the real world. But you’re going to become a librarian. And that’s going to be the best thing you ever did. You will eventually end up back in Ohio, not far from where you lived with Mom and Dad before you moved to New York. And it will be amazing.

All those things you believe now about how the world works. That’s basically wrong, or at least very one sided and cynical! The world has turned out to be an amazing and wonderful and joyful place. It just takes a while for you to discover that! You will make a difference in the lives of so many children and their families. That’s pretty amazing.

The last things…take more photos. You’re actually pretty good at it, and you love doing this as an adult. Take more walks in the rain. There’s nothing better than coming home all soaking wet and getting into a warm shower. And always, always keep your flip flops nearby. There are always times you need to put them on and go stomp in puddles. You’re never too old to just be a kid!

Love, Melanie 🙂

~Melanie A. Lyttle, Head of Public Services at Madison Public Library in Madison, OH

One comment

  1. Nancy

    Dear Teen Melanie,

    You’ll never believe how much fun, laughter and pure joy Grown-up Melanie brings to the world! She’s a model for being fearless and being your authentic self. Way to go, Melanie!

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