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Elizabeth “Betsy” Bird will join Evanston Public Library as Collection Development Manager beginning July 31, 2015. Bird, a Midwest native, comes to EPL from New York Public Library where she began her career as a Children’s Librarian in 2004.

 

During her time in New York, Bird, a children’s book author herself, has become highly influential in the world of children’s literature. Her popular blog in School Library Journal gets tens of thousands of visitors each month, her Twitter followers number more than ten thousand, and she regularly reviews children’s books for Kirkus and the New York Times. A sought-after public speaker, Bird has served on the Newbery committee and been profiled in Forbes magazine. At NYPL, she developed lecture series, storytelling events, and literary salons that attracted parents, teachers, librarians, authors and illustrators–anyone with a passion for the best in children’s literature. As a buyer of print and digital materials for NYPL, Bird oversaw a budget of $1.7 million.

“Having spent much of my professional life in New York City, it is both a thrill and an honor to be joining the people of Evanston at this time. There are few places in this country where you can find such a strong, dedicated literary community and I will do my best to give Evanston all my support and skills,” said Bird of her transition.

Of Bird’s joining the EPL staff, Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “I am excited to welcome Betsy to the EPL family. Among the most important services that the Evanston Public Library provides are thoughtfully developed, skillfully managed collections of materials for all ages and in all formats and programming that engages our community. Her experience, professional network and skills will enhance our efforts and bring new thoughts and energy to our engaged, dynamic and talented team.”

Bird is the author of Children’s Literary Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career; co-author of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature; and the author of Giant Dance Party. She recently wrote the introduction to Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age.

 (photo by Sonya Sones)


 

Elizabeth “Betsy” Bird will join Evanston Public Library as Collection Development Manager beginning July 31, 2015. Bird, a Midwest native, comes to EPL from New York Public Library where she began her career as a Children’s Librarian in 2004.

 

During her time in New York, Bird, a children’s book author herself, has become highly influential in the world of children’s literature. Her popular blog in School Library Journal gets tens of thousands of visitors each month, her Twitter followers number more than ten thousand, and she regularly reviews children’s books for Kirkus and the New York Times. A sought-after public speaker, Bird has served on the Newbery committee and been profiled in Forbes magazine. At NYPL, she developed lecture series, storytelling events, and literary salons that attracted parents, teachers, librarians, authors and illustrators–anyone with a passion for the best in children’s literature. As a buyer of print and digital materials for NYPL, Bird oversaw a budget of $1.7 million.

“Having spent much of my professional life in New York City, it is both a thrill and an honor to be joining the people of Evanston at this time. There are few places in this country where you can find such a strong, dedicated literary community and I will do my best to give Evanston all my support and skills,” said Bird of her transition.

Of Bird’s joining the EPL staff, Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “I am excited to welcome Betsy to the EPL family. Among the most important services that the Evanston Public Library provides are thoughtfully developed, skillfully managed collections of materials for all ages and in all formats and programming that engages our community. Her experience, professional network and skills will enhance our efforts and bring new thoughts and energy to our engaged, dynamic and talented team.”

Bird is the author of Children’s Literary Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career; co-author of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature; and the author of Giant Dance Party. She recently wrote the introduction to Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age.

 (photo by Sonya Sones)

 

Elizabeth “Betsy” Bird will join Evanston Public Library as Collection Development Manager beginning July 31, 2015. Bird, a Midwest native, comes to EPL from New York Public Library where she began her career as a Children’s Librarian in 2004.

 

During her time in New York, Bird, a children’s book author herself, has become highly influential in the world of children’s literature. Her popular blog in School Library Journal gets tens of thousands of visitors each month, her Twitter followers number more than ten thousand, and she regularly reviews children’s books for Kirkus and the New York Times. A sought-after public speaker, Bird has served on the Newbery committee and been profiled in Forbes magazine. At NYPL, she developed lecture series, storytelling events, and literary salons that attracted parents, teachers, librarians, authors and illustrators–anyone with a passion for the best in children’s literature. As a buyer of print and digital materials for NYPL, Bird oversaw a budget of $1.7 million.

“Having spent much of my professional life in New York City, it is both a thrill and an honor to be joining the people of Evanston at this time. There are few places in this country where you can find such a strong, dedicated literary community and I will do my best to give Evanston all my support and skills,” said Bird of her transition.

Of Bird’s joining the EPL staff, Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “I am excited to welcome Betsy to the EPL family. Among the most important services that the Evanston Public Library provides are thoughtfully developed, skillfully managed collections of materials for all ages and in all formats and programming that engages our community. Her experience, professional network and skills will enhance our efforts and bring new thoughts and energy to our engaged, dynamic and talented team.”

Bird is the author of Children’s Literary Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career; co-author of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature; and the author of Giant Dance Party. She recently wrote the introduction to Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age.

 (photo by Sonya Sones)