January 2009

Youth Librarians Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz

Since the first publicly-funded library opened in the USA in 1833, many generations of children have been inspired and nurtured by local librarians – none more so than the two generations of children in Old Greenwich, Connecticut who have had the privilege to be members of the Young Critics’ Club at Perrot Memorial Library.

Full discussion at BookBrowse. Entry contains a link to an interview with Kate McClelland.

Remembering Librarians Kathy Krasniewicz and Kate McClelland

The Greenwich Times profiles the two librarians killed in the tragic crash reported here earlier today. The two were headed home to CT from ALA when the taxi van they were riding in was slammed into by another driver.

The library’s head of youth services, Kathy Krasniewicz, 54, of Palmer Hill Road, Riverside, and former youth services director Kate McClelland, 71, of Dorchester Lane, Riverside, were killed in the accident, cause by an alleged drunk driver.

“We received the tragic news of the passing of our colleagues in Denver today,” said library Director Kevin McCarthy, who declined to comment further Wednesday evening. “It’s too raw at the moment. The shock has not worn off yet.”

One of the Last Of the Few Sunday Newspaper Book Sections Will Soon Be Gone

The Washington Post reported today that it plans to close its stand-alone magazine Book World as of mid-February.

In dropping one of the few remaining stand-alone book sections in American newspapers, Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said that the coverage will be shifted to the Style section and a revamped Outlook section. Shea said that The Post would publish about three-quarters of the roughly 900 reviews it has carried each year. The change will take effect Feb. 22.

The CIA, Rapist, and Self Publishing

Yesterday there was a story on LISNEWS called Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab that opens with this line: “The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them.”

Here is a unique tie together of two stories. You may have seen on the news this breaking story: Former CIA station chief accused of rape. Andrew Warren, the CIA station chief in question, is the author of a self published book called The People of the Veil

The publisher (using that term loosely) is Publish America. Here is the page at Publish America for the book. Looks like the book was the September 2002 book of the month at Publish America.

Do You know Where Punxsutawney Phil Spends His Other Days?

All eyes will be on Punxsutawney Phil Monday morning early (February 2, Groundhog Day), so I thought you might be interested in knowing that on OTHER days of the year, lucky Phil (with his wife, according to Wikipedia) lives in his own burrow located in the childrens section of the Punxsutawney (PA) Library. Not a bad life for a groundhog.

Wonder when and how he gets relocated to his outside burrow?

Suspected DUI crash kills two Librarian headed home from ALA

Two librarians from Old Greenwich, Conn., were killed Wednesday morning on their way home from a library conference in Denver when the van taking them to the airport was hit and rolled off Peña Boulevard.

The woman identified as the driver of the pickup that sideswiped their Freedom Cab van and then fled the scene was in jail Wednesday night, facing charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Denver authorities had not confirmed the names of the victims, but family members and co-workers at the Perrot Memorial Library said the women were youth librarian Kathy Krasniewicz, 54, and the library’s former youth-services director, Kate McClelland, 71.

Denver Library Baby Meets the Press

Mom (Dominique Trevino, 18) and one-day- old baby (Sariah Unique) are doing well.

Library staff pitched in to buy a bag full of children’s books for Sariah, which Thomas Scott, director of security and safety, presented to Trevino at Wednesday’s news conference.

She also got an earth-friendly library tote bag with two unactivated library cards inside – one for mom, who said she’s not a big reader, and one for baby.

“We look forward to having her as a customer,” Scott told Trevino.

More on this story (and a picture) from The Rocky Mountain News.

Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab

The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them.

At least, that is what the evidence suggests. Booksellers, hobbled by the economic crisis, are struggling to lure readers. Almost all of the New York publishing houses are laying off editors and pinching pennies. Small bookstores are closing. Big chains are laying people off or exploring bankruptcy.

A recently released study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that while more people are reading literary fiction, fewer of them are reading books.

Meanwhile, there is one segment of the industry that is actually flourishing: capitalizing on the dream of would-be authors to see their work between covers, companies that charge writers and photographers to publish are growing rapidly at a time when many mainstream publishers are losing ground.

Full story here.

Anti-nuclear Ordinance Imperils Library Self-Check Systems

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that patron self-check machines at the public library in the California community of Berkeley might not be serviced. 3M, the company designated by the manufacturer as an authorized maintainer, refused to sign a nuclear-free disclosure form required by a local ordinance. The library asked the city’s Peace & Justice Commission for a waiver of the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act requirements and was denied.

Conservative bloggers Kate McMillan and Mark Steyn flagged the story at their respective blogging sites.