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Lazy Bird Photo Fun Day

Which is to say, I’ve a whole mess o’ stuff to do so let’s just look at some photos for fun, rather than writing up (oh say) a review or a preview recap.

First up, we had a lovely Read for the Record event in my branch not too long ago.  Special guests included (but were not limited to):

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Let the record show that I was convinced that children would find it the scariest darn thing ever made.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Children were thoroughly charmed by it.  I bow my head in apology.

Eric Carle

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Seen here giving the caterpillar a once over. I like how clear it is that the caterpillar knows its master.

Mary-Louise Parker

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A blond woman from Law and Order: SVU

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I’m aware that it would take very little research to figure out who she was.  But it’s SVU.

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And finally here are Mary-Louise and Eric Carle reading the book together to the kids.  Aw.

In other news I recently went to the home of Emily Dickinson.

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And finally, for Halloween I went to a fabulous Edward Gorey-themed Halloween event called The Dwindling Party seen here.

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Here you can see Lori Ess, Queens librarian, as K is for Kate (who, if you know your Gorey, was felled by an axe), and her husband Josh as the umbrella carrying spectre of death.

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He was not the only spectre of death present that day.

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Particularly when there was theremin playing to be done.

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Elizabeth Bird About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. 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 NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Scope Notes says:

    Whoa, there was a theremin in the house? Now THAT’s a Halloween party! Fun fact: the theremin is the only instrument in the world you play without touching anything.

  2. Terry Doherty says:

    The kids might not have been scared of the Caterpillar, but I was. Whoa! PS – It’s Stephanie March. Some of us miss her on SVU (or as my husband says “SUV”).

  3. mia says:

    I went as the Gashlycrumb Tinies for Halloween! (all of them, i just wore black and taped them all over me) I wish I could have been at that party!

  4. adrienne says:

    We’re having the caterpillar visit our annual last day of school party at the library (where we give out our mildly controversial “When School Ends, the Fun Begins” stickers), and I was wondering how he’d work out. Glad to hear he’s well-mannered.