A Teen’s Perspective

by Emily

Being sixteen and working at the library is honestly the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I get to work with an amazing staff who are almost like family and our patrons are by far the best there are.
I am the type of person who likes to be with people who are older than me, and getting to help and communicate with older patrons really brightens my day. Not only does it make me happy, I also learn quite a lot from them. Still being in school means there is still a lot I need to learn. When patrons come in and talk about things they need to do in life or even about a school subject, they are really the ones who help me.
   Working at a library as a teen helps you develop great time management skills and communication skills. You need to figure out how to pace yourself to get all your work done, while also helping patrons. I feel that ever since I started working at the library I have been way better at time management for work and school.  Not only have I learned better time management, but I have also strengthened my communication skills. To be honest, many teens today don’t have very good communication skills. We hide behind our phone screens and never really talk to the people we are around.Working at the library has really taught me the proper way to communicate to each age group as I work with people of all ages.
   I look at everyone who walks through the library doors as someone to learn from, and absolutely love working at the library. Being a teen working at the library was scary at first, but I quickly learned there was nothing to be scared of. I am surrounded by amazing and friendly people and learn many things we teens today lack. But it’s a fun type of learning, that I know will help me in the future.

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