Steve chats with Deb Takahashi, branch librarian for Pasadena Public Library and author of Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library, about why she wrote the book, how to work with teens with mental illnesses in your library, and why self-care is important.
Deborah K. Takahashi is a branch librarian for Pasadena Public Library who specializes in Youth Services. She holds an MLS degree and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is a 2009 ALA Spectrum and 2010 CLA Edna Yelland scholar. She served as the 2015–2017 Social Media Co-Chair for the CLA Youth Services Interest Group and was a member of the Mental Health Advisory Committee for the 2016-2017 California State Library (CSL) Mental Health Initiative. She writes for ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog.
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