For more than a decade, Chrissie Morrison was a Youth Services [Tween & Teen] Librarian at the East Greenbush Community Library in East Greenbush, NY. Her enthusiasm for YA books and inability/lack of desire to “grow up” made working with teens a fairly logical choice. Because the teens seemed to agree that she did a good job, Chrissie felt compelled to share her successes with other Tween & Teen Librarians at local library conferences and with the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association (NYLA). Chrissie moved on to become a Conference Planner for YSS and was later elected President of YSS. Thanks to the national exposure afforded by her NYLA activities and her articles in YALS and VOYA, Chrissie has even been recruited to present the Teen Summer Reading Workshop for the Missouri State Library and a her VolunTeen workshop for the Texas Library Association!
Though Chrissie has “retired” from full-time librarianship to have more flexibility with volunteering and caring for her family, she will never stop reading YA fiction and encouraging other people to read. (Exhibit A: this blog!) She remains active with NYLA/YSS, runs Youth Services programming at the Mechanicville District Public Library, and is a Substitute and Storytime Librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library in Clifton Park, NY. Chrissie also volunteers as a Board Member for the Mechanicville-Stillwater Youth Soccer League and is the Chair of the PARP (“Pick A Reading Partner”) Committee for the PTA at Mechanicville Elementary School. Aside from reading, Chrissie is addicted to video games [especially the Legend of Zelda series], baking, and crafting — hence her addiction to Pinterest. Chrissie still doesn’t know what she wants to if she ever grows up, but she knows she will always be Librarina: Forever Young Adult!