* Give us a little background—how did you come to be a teen / tween librarian?
* Describe a typical day at the library—if there is such a thing! What's your favorite (or the most rewarding) aspect of the job?
* You come across as a lifelong book junkie (like myself)! What are the main differences between teen bookaholics today and teen boookaholics when (I hate to use this phrase) we were that age?
I think the biggest difference is the amount of materials they have targeted just for teens. And libraries have become more aware of how important services to teens are and changing. When I was a teen, we had one shelf that was the "teen shelf" at the library-now there's an entire department dedicated to YA. It's a growing genre and there are so many more books to choose from now. More authors are realizing how fun it is to write for teens and more publishers are realizing what a great market it is.
* What are the biggest challenges you face as a teen librarian?
* What timeless themes do you find consistently requested by readers?
* How do teen readers react to slightly older books? (When I was in junior high, I gobbled Christopher Pike. But now, I look at books like Chain Letter, which is about teens receiving threats in the snail-mail, and I wonder if it doesn't just seem archaic to tech-savvy young adults.)
*What type of book do teens seem to be gravitating toward right now? Tweens? What's the attraction?
* How does blogging influence you / help your job?
* What's been the biggest surprise since you became a teen librarian?
Thanks to Sarah—and to all the tireless librarians who spread the love of literature! You can find Sarah’s incredible book blog at GreenBeanTeenQueen, and you can check out the latest for area teens at the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s TeenThing page.