My Life in Teen Services: Then and Now

  • April Witteveen Deschutes Public Library
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Fourteen years into my career as a teen services librarian, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on my early years as a fresh-faced librarian and compare those experiences to where I am now, mid-career. I can both laugh a bit at my early naiveté, and feel concerned that I’ve grown too old to connect with my intended audience. Regardless, my dedication to serving the teens in my community has only grown stronger as I move further into my second decade of being “that librarian who came to my school and talked about books!”


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Author Biography

April Witteveen, Deschutes Public Library

April Witteveen is a Community Librarian at the downtown Bend location of Deschutes Public Library. A native Michigander, you’ll catch her Midwestern accent in passionate conversation. April is an explorer, a maker, a mother, and a retired roller derby skater. She is also a freelance writer for Library Journal and School Library Journal, where she reports on trends and best practices in the greater library field.

How to Cite
Witteveen, A. (2020). My Life in Teen Services: Then and Now. OLA Quarterly, 25(4), 31-34.