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Speed blogging time!  No time for cute observations.  I have a post to . . . uh . . . post.

In brief!

It’s almost Cybils time!  Each year the children’s literary bloggers get together and give out their own awards to works of children’s literature.  Want to participate?  See here for more details.

Me interviewed on Desk Set blog.  Me talk about me. No real surprises there.

  • The remarkable, fantastic, delightful Andrea Ross recently beat cancer back and gave it a sound thrashing.  Help her to beat it down more by sponsoring her in this fundraiser for Ottawa Run for the Cure.  She’s so close to getting the #1 spot and look at the caliber of folks who are helping out!  Paul Zelinsky, Diane DeGroat, Marla Frazee, Mary Lee Hahn, and the list goes on.  You’d be in excellent company.
  • Okay. This is a mystery beyond mysteries and one of you out there knows the answer.  My husband wrote an amusing post on the subject of “breaking in” to the film business.  In it, the compared to the process to orcs besieging a castle in Lord of the RingsRead Matt’s post and then read the truly madcap, insane, brilliant comment that some anonymous person wrote in response.  I’ve a theory as to who that might be, but nothing definite at this point in time.
  • I used to live right by the old Bank Street Bookstore (one of two bookstores in NYC that cater to children’s books in some manner).  ShelfTalker had a great tour of it recently.  Nicely done.
  • The other day I noticed that a celebrity I follow on Twitter had somehow created his own “newspaper” of sorts out of Twitter links to real articles.  I was intrigued by confused.  Fortunately, gigaom posted this article Let a Thousand Personalized Newspapers Bloom to clarify what was going on.  Naturally, I had to try it myself and now on my own newspaper I can read everything in a fun, new format.  Wow.  Wave of the future there. Thanks to Ann Baybrooks for the link.
  • Daily Image:

Sacrilege or the ultimate honor?  Littlefly calls these next items “literary jewels” and I suppose they are in a very literal sense.  Says the site, “Paper is many things: a carrier of text, illustration, history and emotion. Jeremy May has captured the beauty of paper via a unique laminating process. Littlefly jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space.”

“Each piece is impossible to replicate, and is unique to the  wearer. The beauty of the jewels extends within the piece: text and images pass all the way though the object, only exposed at the surfaces – giving a tantalizing glimpse of the book within.”  Thanks to Swiss Miss for the link.

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. Re: Matt’s Anonymous Commenter. Sure sounds like Mr. James Kennedy to me. Surely there couldn’t be two of them out there!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Mr. Kennedy was approached an accused but was so convincing in his denial that we had to to release him due to lack of evidence. I stand baffled.

  2. I hope this isn’t another one of my Ambien sleep crimes. Matt will know what I mean.

    I hope that anonymous commenter lives in Chicago . . . I’d like to buy him/her a tankard of orc-mead.