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Children’s Literary Cafe: Cybils Kick-Off

We’ve a simply magnificent gathering here at the library in November, and it’s all about The Cybils.  Join if you can!

The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m.:

Cybils Kick-Off: Blogging in Style
Pam Coughlan of the sublime MotherReader children’s literary blog ( headlines a panel of representatives from the greater Kidlitosphere.  Each year the online children’s literary community bestows child and teen novels their own awards: The Cybils.  Pam and other bloggers will discuss the state of children’s literature online today including ethics, publisher/blogger relations, transparency, influence (or lack thereof) over published titles, and what it means to represent an online community of children’s literary enthusiasts.


Elizabeth Burns in the Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center . She blogs at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy ( She is the co-author of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with your Whole Community . She blogs about children’s and young adult books, television, and movies.


Susan Thomsen writes about children’s books at her blog, Chicken Spaghetti ( A freelance writer and onetime editor, she is the mother of a fifth-grader.


Anne Boles Levy is the co-founder and director of the Cybils Awards.  Her day job is as a news writer on the National Desk for Metro Networks, a radio newswire based in Scottsdale , AZ.   She’s married to another starving journalist and they’re raising two bookworms. 


The Children’s Literary Café is a monthly gathering of adults who are fans of children’s literature.  Professionals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in the field are welcome to attend our meetings.  The Literary Café provides free Advanced Readers galleys, a rotating series of talks with professionals in the field, and great conversation.  This program is for adults only.

New York Public Library
Children’s Center at 42nd Street
Room 84
42nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Fran Manushkin says:

    I’m so sorry to miss this. I’ll be out of town, drat. But I’m sure there will be detailed blog reports on the event. I certainly hope so.