Profiles

Transforming the Library at McMaster U

stevenj writes ""When McMaster University hailed the hiring of a new chief librarian last year, then-provost Ken Norrie called the arrival of the new man a "coup." Now, just seven months into the job, Jeffrey Trzeciak is shedding parts of the old regime and changing the basic mission of the library." Take a look at this article — always a rare occasion when the local metro paper profiles an academic library — about the transformation taking place at McMaster's academic library. A very positive library article. Find it at:
hamiltonspectator.com has the scoop"

Now A Renowned Author, Once a Reluctant Reader

Little Beverly Bunn was not a good reader as a young child. She was the only girl in the "blackbird" group, the lowest level readers in her Portland, OR second grade class. At the end of the year she was promoted, but on trial, something her mother made her promise to keep a secret. But that probationary second-grader would one day write stories that made the life of elementary school children so much happier and exciting than hers had been.
One day in third grade, on a rainy Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, she picked up a copy of "The Dutch Twins," to look at the pictures. But soon she was intrigued enough to start reading, and keep on reading.

The Rose City(OR) Branch Library became a home away from home for Beverly Bunn, now known of course as Beverly Cleary. What she always looked for, but seldom found, were books about herself - stories about kids in a neighborhood like hers with parents and friends and pets who had exciting and funny things happen to them. By now her teachers and mother began to see the glimmer of talent and encouraged her. Her seventh-grade teacher told the class, "When Beverly grows up, she should write children's books."

More on the popular 90-year old author from the Tucson Citizen, and here's more on the author from her own site.

Wednesday Profile: She Lives and Breathes Fiction

Marge Trautman has had a long and memorable career as a librarian, and will miss the many patrons to whom she has become a friend and mentor. She was encouraged by a friend to try working at the library when her children were young, and began by driving a converted bakery truck/ bookmobile in Howard County, MD. She went on to get an MLS and worked 28 years at the library; she will retire on Friday. Baltimore Sun has the story.

Profile Wednesday: Southwick IN's Librarian Dianna Burt

Dianna Burt is not an ordinary librarian; she's a traveling one.

Every week she drives to Southwick Elementary School for a special lunch meeting.

In 2004, Burt collaborated with Beth Moss, the media specialist at Southwick, to start a book club for fifth-graders there.

That was the start of Lunch Bunch. More from The Fort Wayne News Sentinel.

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