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Remembering Margaret Mary Kimmel

Margaret Mary Kimmel, ALSC President (1982-1983), died on June 10th at the age of 76. Maggie Kimmel was a force of nature and she carried many students, colleagues and friends along in her wake. From her initial teaching as a part-time instructor at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., to a two year stint as a visiting professor at the College of Librarianship in Wales, her time at Simmons College in Boston and her long tenure as a full-time professor the University of Pittsburgh, Maggie influenced countless numbers of future librarians, authors and teachers. As an active member of the ALSC, she served on many committees and worked tirelessly to advance the profession and enhance children’s services at libraries all around the country. In recognition of her many contributions, Maggie received the ALSC Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In addition to furthering the work of ALSC, her committee work also provided…

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Remembering Marilyn L. Miller

A leader in our profession, Marilyn L. Miller, ALSC President (1979 -1980), died on May 22nd at the age of 83.  Lillian Gerhardt offers a memorial tribute: A few years ago, I stumbled on a statement that brought our late, great Marilyn Miller to mind.  It is from an essay by mid-20th century America’s most influential journalist, Walter Lippmann, after the death of FDR.  He said that “The genius of a great leader is to leave behind him a situation that common sense can deal with successfully.” Change that “him” to  “her” and you will have a clear picture of MLM’s leadership as president of not only one but two of the American Library Association’s youth services divisions (AASL and ALSC)  and on through her presidency of all of ALA. Marilyn’s management of both her own life as well as her life’s work on behalf of libraries and librarians was…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Remembering Dr. Eliza Dresang

With a very sad heart, I must report what many of you know already. Dr. Eliza Dresang, a beloved friend and colleague, died on the morning of April 21, 2014 at the age of 72. A library science professor, author, speaker, and active member and leader in ALSC, Dr. Dresang will be remembered as a strong advocate for children and libraries, but will also be remembered for her caring smile and sincere ability to really listen carefully and respectfully, helping each colleague she worked with grow and learn. It was an honor and a privilege to serve on the Notable Children’s Books committee when Eliza was chair. I learned so very much from her and it truly saddens me that I will no longer see her — or laugh with her — at Conferences. Her impact on my life will never be lost. School Library Journal published an obituary which…

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Rose Trevií±o

ALSC member Rose Zertuche-Treviño died on April 30. Fittingly, her death occurred on El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros, a celebration of reading for children of all cultures and linguistic backgrounds that Rose worked to establish and strongly supported. Most recently Rose served as chair of the Newbery Award committee and the crowning achievement of her career may well have been presenting that award to Neil Gaiman in Chicago. Rose served as the youth services coordinator for the Houston Public Library until last October. Prior to that Rose was an independent consultant and the children’s services coordinator at San Antonio Public Library. She was very active in ALA, REFORMA, and the Texas Library Association and served on many committees. In addition to writing for ALA, which published her books Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English (2009), a collection of Latino rhymes, songs, finger plays, riddles,…

In Memoriam

Obituary for Kate McClelland

Hello ALSC. Kate’s family forwarded me the text for her obituary, which will appear in tomorrow’s (2/5/09) Greenwich Time. If anyone wishes to make donations, the families’ suggested places are the Perrot Memorial Library, and/or the Connecticut Storytelling Center (see below). I know they, and we, have been amazed and gratified at the incredible outpouring of love and support from everyone in the ALSC community so far — many thanks to all of you. Diane Foote, Executive Director Association for Library Service to Children 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611 ***** Kate McClelland Riverside Kate McClelland, who worked at the Perrot Memorial Library for 29 years, most recently as associate director and director of youth services until her retirement in 2007, died last Wednesday morning, January 28, in a car accident en route to Denver International Airport, where she had been attending the American Library Association conference. She was…

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Perrot Memorial Library plans Celebration of Life Memorial Service

The staff and board of Perrot Memorial Library posted the following message on its blog (2/3/09): The Staff and Board of Perrot Memorial Library deeply thank each of you who have shared a thought, shed a tear, and expressed your emotions and remembrances for our dear friends and beloved colleagues, Kathryn McClelland and Kathleen Krasniewicz. The response from the Greenwich community, the Connecticut Library and the American Library Association communities, the storytelling community and the publishing industry has been astonishing. We are planning a Celebration of Life Memorial Service in Old Greenwich in March at the Spring Equinox to honor Kate and Kathy’s memories. We will post more information on our website and blog as it becomes available. The future is not ours to know, and it may never be — So let us live and give our best and give it lavishly! -An Irish Blessing ******** The ALSC Blog…

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Memorial Arrangements for Kathleen Krasniewicz

Kathy Krasniewicz’s obituary has been published in the Feb. 3 Greenwich Time. It reads: KATHLEEN MARY KERTLAND PATRICIA APUZZO KRASNIEWICZ who touched the lives of Greenwich children for nearly two decades as a children’s librarian at the Perrot Memorial Library, died tragically on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the age of 54. Kathleen was born in Manhattan, NY on December 1, 1954, to the late Joseph Francis Apuzzo and Janet Eastburn Apuzzo. She grew up in Bronxville, NY and attended Manhattanville College. She graduated with honors with a degree in English Literature in 1976. That year, she married her husband James. They later moved to Riverside, CT, where they made their home and raised their family. Kathleen was a devoted mother to her three daughters, Erin Kathleen, MaryLeigh and Hope Jameson Krasniewicz. She is survived by her beloved husband; her three loving daughters; two sisters, Anna Egert of Skaneateles, NY,…