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Confessions of a Teen Librarian: How To Survive Summer by Christie G

Summer has to be one of the most challenging times for a teen specialist, or any public librarian. Special programs, a massive increase in programs, possible schedule changes, a massive influx of people coming through the doors… and while all of this is wonderful from a stats perspective (increased collection usage, increased participation, increased exposure) it can be extremely stressful for those of us involved. 

Here are some of my tricks to get through the months and keep what sanity I have….

Always make sure that you laugh at least once a day. It can be something funny you find on the internet, a joke book, a funny story, or something else entirely, but laughing will release stress better than anything legal that you can do at work.  Don’t believe me? The Mayo Clinic says so.


There has to be something that can give you a boost during the day- for me, it is a good piece of chocolate. Now, I’m not talking a Kit Kat bar, or even a Milky Way Caramel bar (although they are really good). I’m talking Dove or Godiva. Think about what can give you a little boost and sneak it into your desk to give you a pick-me-up.

All so often in teen and youth services we have to be our biggest cheerleaders. We can hear negativity from other aspects of library world, including our own system and our own branch, so to counteract that, surround yourself with positivity. Print off sayings that will encourage you, or create a board on pinterest to remind yourself of things to pull you out of a funk.
This is two-fold. First, make sure that you actually take your breaks. Youth services are a very busy and involved lot, and a lot of times we feel that we do not have time to take a break during the day- remember what breaks you are legally entitled to, and TAKE THEM. And if you need a break beyond that, find someone and get help- you are not doing yourself or your patrons any favors by being stressed out and hanging on by fingernails.  Second, take a breath and examine is working in your programming and what isn’t. Take notes in the thick of things so that at the end of the summer you can re-evaluate and have detailed ideas about what to do for next year.
Think about it for a minute. You have pulled together a huge program for the summer, with performers and a reading program and coordinating everything. You are more than likely forgoing any summer plans and living and breathing programming and stats and everything in-between. So remember, even if no one shows for something or if there is a complaint, DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY. It may be that the program just didn’t work, for what ever reason (timing, appeal, weather). It may be that someone is going to complain about EVERYTHING because that is their way. You CANNOT make EVERYONE happy, but YOU are doing an AWESOME job.
So what keeps you sane during the summer?  Share in the comments below.

Graphically Speaking: From Page to Screen, summer movies based on graphic novels

I am in *love* with movies that are based off of comics and graphic novels. Nothing makes me happier than an excellent adaptation of them, and nothing ticks my inner geek off more than a crappy one. And it’s such an excellent way to tie those readers who swear they aren’t readers (or don’t think they are) into reading and browsing your collection!  We have such a wonderful line-up of movies coming through, you should definitely see what you have and tie it into your display! (And, superheros and mystery and secret identities and plots all work for the Collaborative Summer Reading Program themes….)
 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEIVPiTuYkQ?rel=0] 
Based on the Iron Man Extremis storyline
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Man of Steel isn’t going to be based off of *any* of the previous histories, but uses the same characters we’re all familiar with, according to this article.   Random House and DC is also doing a Superman Day for libraries on June 15.
RED 2 
 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTcWTf-pfyU?rel=0] 
The comics may not be suitable for a teen collection, but I know my older teens (older ya) and new adults (college age and up) love the movie based on Ellis and Hamner’s works.
One that *just* released a trailer is Rest In Peace Department, all undead officers working to uphold the law on the other side.   It’s to star Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Bridges, and is set for a July 2013 release.
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 The Wolverine 

 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-TdhnFW0As?rel=0] 

 is based off of Chris Claremont’s acclaimed 1982 Wolverine story arc, set after X-Men: last Stand (2006); there have also been animation versions of what could be some of the storyline airing on television’s G4 channel in the last few years.
Kick Ass 2
 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0zu5isIBZo?rel=0]
Following the first movie, which drew huge criticism for having a nine-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl, Kick Ass 2 is amping it up and following the comics right along the storylines, if the trailers are any indication.

And that, my friends, takes us until the end of the summer, at least graphically speaking….  BOOK WISE is a WHOLE ‘NOTHER story…
Which ones are you looking forward to?  Share in the comments below!