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Sunday Reflections: How the 2016 Election is Affecting Teens, Week 3 (A tweet story by Mary Hinson)

On Sundays, I have the privilege of hosting a weekly event that we call Spaghetti Sunday (inspired by author Christa Desir). We open our home to a wide group of people, eat food (not always spaghetti), do puzzles, play games, and just hang out. My beloved Mary Hinson (@knoxdiver on Twitter, YA assistant at Irving Public Library) is one of my treasured guests. And we usually have anywhere from 2 to 10 teens come.

The Bestie reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Teen at Spaghetti Sunday

The Bestie reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Teen at Spaghetti Sunday

It then became a more involved storytie

It then became a more involved storytime

Sometimes it gets wild

Sometimes it gets wild

No matter how loud it gets or how much chaos there is, these 2 teens always read through it

No matter how loud it gets or how much chaos there is, these 2 teens always read through it

Did I mention we eat a lot?

Did I mention we eat a lot?

Last night, Mary had a conversation with one of the teens which she tweeted about. She gave me permission to Storify those tweets and share them with you here. So in my ongoing quest to show you how the results are affecting teens, here's week three presented by Mary Hinson.


  1. Tonight I got to hang out 1 on1 with one of my fave teens. She told me about what's going on at school & then she broke down because she is

  2. Scared about what the election of the "screaming yam" (as she calls him) will mean for her marginalized friends. She told me how upsetting

  3. It is when kids at school make jokes about suicide. How offensive it is when boys make rape "jokes" or ask Hispanic classmates when they're

  4. Going to be kicked out of the country. I asked her if she felt safe. She said she feels okay for herself but she is terrified for others.

  5. Tonight I held this beautiful, kind, smart, sweet, pure-hearted child in my arms & together we cried about our future, our country's future.

  6. And I was so scred because I have become that non-parent adult I was told as a kid I could go to for help but I couldn't DO anything.

  7. I held this girl & rubbed her back & gave her napkins to blow her nose & told her how proud I am of her, how much I love her. I told her

  8. I'm here for her. But I'm heartbroken for this child who is witnessing the world's ugliness in ways no child ever should. And I'm angry that

  9. We, collectively, as a society, have failed these kids. It can't continue. Something has to change. WE have to change. LISTEN to those who

  10. Are speaking out--esp marginalized voices. SEEK the truth. EDUCATE yourself. STAND UP for those who need a shield & SPEAK OUT against hate.

  11. We're so lucky in this YA book community to have some really amazing people to turn to for advice & action items. LISTEN. TO. THEM.

  12. If you're not okay with everything happening right now, DO SOMETHING. Call your reps & talk. Leave messages. Send letters.

  13. Elected officials are supposed to represent us. Let them hear your voice. Attend community meetings. Get involved. Don't know what to say?

  14. You don't have to be a poli-sci major or a govt intern or whatever to talk with your reps. Call & let them know what matters to you.

  15. Tonight made me feel so emotionally raw. I didn't have the answers for this teen. But I know I want to fight for her. I want to fight for

  16. The teens & kids at my library. In my state. In our country. In the world. we need to bleed & fight for these kids. Adults, we've kind of

  17. Fucked everything up for them. We need to make it right for them & someday, they're gonna blow us all away.

Thank you Mary for being there for this teen last night. I adore you, even if you do dip your potato chips in ketchup.


More on the Aftermath of the 2016 Election and Teens

Spending the Day After the 2016 Election with Teenagers

Now What? On Being a Librarian and a Book Lover After the 2016 Election

Things I Never Learned in Library School: On Being a Teen Librarian 2 Weeks After the 2016 Election

Sunday Reflections: My Teens Will be Voting in the Next Presidential Election


  1. Trump hasn’t spent one day as President, and you’ve already closed your eyes, ears and mind with preconceived notions. Isn’t that what you say you are fighting for? For people to have an open mind, and not judge???? Possibly you are no better?

    • Karen Jensen, TLT Karen Jensen, TLT says

      Hi Ross,
      Actually, all I have to do is look at who is putting into positions of power combined with his campaign and it is very clear who he is and what his goals are. For example, he has stated very clearly what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days and I believe that puts many important parts of democracy in jeopardy, as well as the environment. The truth is, it’s not per-conceived notions; he, the party platform, and the cabinet he is putting in place have made his intentions and goals very clear. For example, despite the fact that there has been a tremendous increase in the amount of hate crimes performed against the very groups that he ran against – Muslims, Jews, POC and GLBTQ – IN HIS NAME, he has failed to come out against it though he has come out against Hamilton, SNL and voter fraud – this is a concrete action – and lack of action – that tells us who he is and what he believes. So no, I’m not going in with preconceived notions but responding to facts and making a judgment based on facts. He said he would “drain the swamp” and has put together the most swamp filled cabinet and transition team. He has numerous conflicts of interests that put democracy and our safety at risk; conflicts which he won’t even disclose. He said he would be tough with business and then gave Carrier a tax subsidy to stay, only saving around 800 jobs – many will still be offshored/outsourced. I am judging our president-elect by his words and his actions, which put American citizens, my family, and my teens in danger. Facts exist and they matter.

  2. The 2016 election may be affecting teens, but it is unlikely that it is effecting them.

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