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Zena’s Night

After the Sutherland Lecture committee meeting on Friday afternoon, committee member and CPL Director of Children’s and YA services Liz McChesney gave us a tour of the soon-to-open new Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. I remember the old-old one in the Cultural Center as wonderfully shadowy, but this new one is bright and big and bold (at least it looks that way before the books are in, something Liz and her staff have to accomplish in double time). This field of dreams will be tended by librarians on wheels, at least their computers will be. And they have  identified the room’s blind corner, already dubbed the Teen Romance section.

Liz McChesney

Melissa Sweet’s Sutherland Lecture was great. She is intensely observant of and articulate about her own creative methods but doesn’t have her head up her butt at all. I loved the links she drew between bookmaking and play theory, her books and her reading; we’ll be publishing the lecture in the Magazine this fall and will also find a way to share with you Melissa’s PowerPoint, way more engaging than most. I’ll refrain from sharing again how Zena reacted to her beloved David Macaulay’s slides.

Rita Williams-Garcia will be giving the next Zena Sutherland lecture on Friday, May 4th, 2018.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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