Lost in the Stacks Hits the Big Time

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Brooklyn librarian band "Lost in the Stacks", including LISNews author Rita Meade, had a lovely mention in the New York Daily News yesterday.
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These Brooklyn librarians have gone from shelving books to rocking out in a band. The six librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks - a jazz and blues band that plays at book festivals and branches all over the city.

The group is a far cry from the stern stereotypes of librarians.
“This gives the people another image of librarians,” said the band’s founding member, Jack McCleland, 65, the head librarian at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza.

“There’s this stereotype of librarians being this older woman with her hair in a bun shushing everyone. We’re not like that. We have a lot of very hip and very cool people.”

McCleland formed the band eight years ago after he was asked to perform for a longtime staffer who died.

The lifelong guitarist quickly scraped together a group of seven other librarians who had musical chops to play the impromptu gig and have performed ever since.

Lead singer Rita Meade, 31, - who works as a librarian out of the New Utrecht branch on 86th St. - said librarians are more artistic than people think.