TXS: You stay busy as a librarian and volunteer, Christina. Could you tell us about your involvement in TLA, and what you're looking forward to?
CH: This was my second TLA conference (I got to attend last year and even brought about 10 teens on TT4L day!), but my first as a really active member of YART (Young Adult Round Table). I am one of the newest members of the Maverick Graphic Novel List Committee, so I was really looking forward to meeting the other members of our committee, especially after Wylaina gave us capes to wear!
Since TLA has come and gone, I’ll talk about the things I enjoyed rather than what I’m looking forward to, I always love meeting favorite authors- this year I got to meet Shannon Hale and my internet/YA author icon Maureen Johnson! I also loved all of the sessions I attended, especially author panels where authors share their process and inspirations. The Give a Kid a Book booktalking session was also great as were YART booklists booktalks.
TXS: What influenced you to become a librarian and what advice do you have for folks wishing to become librarians?
My advice for those wishing to pursue a career as a librarian, especially if you are getting your Masters degree, is to have a strong support group! I completed my MLS online while working full time, and my coworkers, friends and family were definitely a great help!
TXS: How do you get teens excited about reading? What are some books they've been asking for?
Books my kids can’t get enough of include the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Naruto and Bleach manga series, the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. Basically any series worth its salt can generate a healthy following.
TXS: Could you share some of your most rewarding experiences?
Yeah, this is a pretty sweet job.
TXS: What is your hope for libraries and books in the future?
TXS: Thank you, Christina! We are so happy to feature you!
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