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My New Job

So.  Big time news over here.  Remember how I’ve been a librarian with the Children’s Center at 42nd Street (formerly the Central Children’s Room) for roundabout five years now?  Well it finally happened.  I got a new job.

I kid you not.  You are now looking at the Youth Materials Specialist and Supervising Librarian of New York Public Library.  Basically, it’s the job I’ve wanted steadily since I realized it existed.

Here is the deal then.  I’m still working in the main branch.  I’m still going to blog as per usual.  I’m still gonna review and snark, sometimes both at the same time.  Only now I won’t be the gal you can drop in on as much.  Feel like seeing the Children’s Center?  That’s swell but don’t expect to see me on the desk there any longer.

I’m moving (two floors) up in the world.  WOOT!  Time to party down, party people!

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. Congrats!!!

  2. Matt says:


  3. Gregory K. says:

    Congrats, Betsy!

  4. Excellent!!! Congratulations!

  5. Julie says:

    Congratulations! What are your new job duties?

  6. Jen says:

    Sounds like the perfect job for you! Congratulations!

  7. Phew, you’re going to blog still. Well, that’s okay, then.

  8. Deva Fagan says:


  9. Ed Spicer says:

    I hope you still plan to do an occasional story? Congratulations!

  10. Tasha says:

    Huge congratulations! It sounds like the perfect job for you!

  11. tanita says:

    Bringing the mariachi and the mai tais, you bring your dancing shoes. Congratulations.

  12. Chris in NY says:

    Hurray for you!

  13. Way to go!

  14. Deb Marshall says:

    Partay! Congrats, what an _amazing_ new job…thinking you will ROCK it!

  15. MR says:

    Fantastic news! Congratulations!!!

  16. Dan Blank says:

    Wahoo! Congratulations!!!!

  17. Lindsay says:

    Congrats! You’re the perfect woman for the job!

  18. Congratulations and lovely to meet you!

  19. Sondy says:

    Congratulations, Betsy! That job sounds perfect for someone so interested in the new books! (In fact, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for one like that in my area. If you weren’t in New York, I’d be jealous!)

  20. Lorelei and Isaiah's Mommy says:

    Sob! My kids will miss you! The other day when I was reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to Baby Isaiah and clapping, he shook his head no and starting clapping his knees. Pretty impressive since he hasn’t seen you do that since, what, June? I will have to stalk your blog even more.

  21. JMyersbook says:

    Fabulous! Now you’re like the genie in Aladdin: “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS…itty-bitty living space.” Congratulations!

  22. Holly says:

    Congratulations, Betsy! 2011 sure has been a big year for you!

  23. Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful promotion!

  24. Rosemary Brosnan says:

    Congrats! How perfect.

  25. Meredith says:

    High Five! Nice job!

  26. Bobbi Miller says:

    Excellent news! Happy Dancing!

  27. mhg says:

    YAYYYYYYYYY! Yes, I’m screaming!

  28. Erin W says:

    Congrats! What wonderful news!

  29. Meghan says:

    Well deserved! Prayers for your continued success and happiness! :)

  30. Jim Averbeck says:

    Like Like Like
    Congrats again

  31. Congrats you super librarian you!

  32. Meg says:

    Congratulations, I am so very happy for you! But sad for myself; I’ve always thought that one day I would stumble upon you reading “The Noisy Counting Book” to a rapt audience of toddlers in the Children’s Center!

  33. Joy Chu says:

    Hearty congrats on getting your DREAM JOB!!!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Thanks, everyone! My dream job it is indeed. And don’t worry, oh ye folks who wanted to see me do a storytime. Until they hire another children’s librarian I’m going to help the room out when I can. So you never know. You might stumble on me yet.

  34. Kelly Ramsdell Fineman says:


    *does a happy dance for you*

    Sadly, said happy dance triggered “Party Rockers in the House Tonight” on brainradio. Curses!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      That beats me. I’ve had “Rock the Party” by Flight of the Conchords myself. Darn earworms.

  35. You got your dream job, they got their dream employee, and we all still get the blog. Win-win-win. And to celebrate – wine-wine-wine?

  36. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    Wow, that’s fantastic news, Betsy! Congratulations! (Relieved that you’ll still be doing the blog, though. Phew!)

  37. Lindsey Lane says:

    Congratulations. Next…Ambassador to Children’s Literature, yes?

  38. marjorie says:

    mazel tov!!!!!!

  39. Lee Wind says:

    Betsy, you’re going to have to change your “about” blurb top right column here!!! Congrats and hugs, Lee

  40. Sharon says:

    Congratulations, Betsy. :)

  41. Many congrats! You’re “movin’ on up…to a de-luxe second floor office in the sky.” Well, maybe it doesn’t come out the same as the song, but no one deserves it more than you!

  42. janeyolen says:

    Whoot! Whoot! I knew you when. . .


  43. Very cool. Huge congrats, Betsy!!!

  44. Carolyn Dooman says:

    Three words: WAY. TO. GO.

    Yes, 2011 has been good “berry, berry” good to you. I have harbored thoughts of sauntering in the Children’s Room at 5th Avenue to meet you; it’s good to hear that you will still be there.

    Best wishes for continued success,


  45. Erica Perl says:

    Congratulations, Betsy! You deserve this and more!

  46. David Ziegler says:

    Congratulations! Very happy you will still be blogging!

  47. Edi says:

    Few things in life are better than having your dream job. Congrats!