Tutor profile: Laila C.
Think about a time you really wanted to tell a person a story, but you were unable. This could be a moment of conflict, debate, or just not knowing precisely what to say. What would you say to that person now, and how would you present it? Your format could be in the form of a letter, short story, or group of text messages - whatever would make telling your story the best.
Usually these types of answers are personal and on the longer side. This question is not meant to demonstrate reading comprehension or essay writing, but rather helps the writer find their own voice and really try to articulate their meaning in a creative style.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How do we as librarians and information professionals create welcoming and inclusive areas for teenage patrons?
To make a great teen library, you have to consider the space, collection, programs, and staff. The space of the teen room should be open, fun, and provide opportunities for both hanging out and quiet study. The rules also should compliment teen behavior and not be stifling to the point of exclusivity. The collection - the materials and resources - should reflect the specific teen community you see in your specific library (ex. Do not have a collection featuring majority white authors/characters if the teen population is majority youth of color). Programs should also follow the suite, provide experiences that the teens want, not what the librarians want. Lastly, librarians and library staff must engage with the teens and want to help them. The staff is not there to supervise/monitor the teens like a hawk, but to support the teens while keeping the space welcoming and together.
Subject: Folklore and Mythology
Think of a folktale, legend, or myth. How has it influenced other forms of storytelling? (For example, do you see it in contemporary media?) You can think storytelling in literature, TV shows, movies, video games, and other folktales and mythologies.
The Arthurian legend has changed the classic "hero" stories throughout modern media. There have been many adaptations and retellings of the stories (the TV show Merlin for example), but even certain elements of the legends have been retold and transformed in stories. For example, the idea of King Arthur being the rightful wielder of Excalibur has become the trope of the "chosen hero is the only one who can carry the sacred sword". This trope has become a theme in many fantasy media, recurring countless times in the Legend of Zelda series, or even subverted in novels such as Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.
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