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Archive for April 2012

First of all, why do the words “weird” and “beard” even rhyme? Probably best not to think too deeply about it. Instead, come visit the Children’s Room this month and browse our display of weird books, like Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne, Princess Justina Albertina by Ellen Dee Davidson, Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligot AND MANY MORE.

And while you’re here, you just might see a donut with a mustache, or is that a toddler with a beard?

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Everyone, get excited!  Starting this month, Karen Dillon will be taking the helm as our new Russell Fund Coordinator!  She will be responsible for planning and implementing all sorts of AMAZING programming for children and teens at the Robbins and Fox Libraries!

We thought it would be fun to get to know Karen with a few interesting questions.  And remember, if you see her around the library, be sure to give her a big hello!

Welcome, Karen!

Welcome, Karen!

Karen, can you tell us a little bit about YOU?

First and foremost, I am a proud mother and love children for their authenticity and unbridled joy.  I am also an artist and am fascinated by all kinds of creativity, invention, and expression.  My favorite places to be in this world are libraries (have you ever been to the Lirary of Congress in DC? WOW!) and the seashore where I spend hours searching for seaglass and other treasures (you should see my collection!).  Finally, I love the peace found in nature in any kind of weather.

What is your favorite children’s book?

My favorite children’s book was read to me when I was child and may be an antique now.  It’s called The Moon Jumpers and was written by Janice May Udry and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.  It’s the story of children who play outside under a brilliant full moon.

One of my favorite lines  reads, “We jump and jump, over and over, and higher and higher.  But nobody ever has touched the moon. We run and run around the house.  And the balloon of a moon grows and grows.” When the children’s parents call them into the house for bedtime by saying, “Good night, Moon,” the children are greeted with a bed that is “white and cool and the pillow as soft as the night.”

About nine years ago, Maurice Sendak was giving a lecture at Lesley University and I had the opportunity and honor  to meet him afterwards.  I brought along my old tattered copy of The Moon Jumpers and he signed it for me. He also autographed a drawing of Max from Where the Wild Things Are and wrote to my son, “To Michael, BOO! Maurice Sendak.” Those two things are among my prized possessions.

What is the greatest vegetable?

Cucumber, fresh, pickled or sliced– coolness.

Which Sesame Street song/sketch is the best?

Well, I come from a long line of long distance walkers so I have to go with “A New way to Walk.”

Cake or pie?

Either… as long as they contain ICE CREAM.

What is your “competition” dish?

Pizza Dip! It’s all I am allowed to cook.

You can’t live without…

The sanctuary of  nature and interaction with people I love.

If you were given a pony, what would you name it?

Roberto  (I like when animals have dignified human names.)

What movie could you watch over and over?

None!  I’d get bored watching anything over and over again.

Your hopes for your new role as Russell Fund Coordinator?

I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to work in a community I love and in a place I adore. Liza left me some pretty big (and cool) shoes/boots to fill, but I hope that I can continue to bring the exceptional programming to Robbins and Fox Libraries, maybe introduce some new and exciting programs, have lots of fun and make new friends along the way!

Welcome, Karen!