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It’s Nice to Say Hello

You have no idea the pressure of a first post.

On the one hand, it’s not really a first-first post. I’ve been blogging at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy on Blogger for over five years.

On the other hand, it is my first post here, at School Library Journal. So I want it to be perfect. Or, at least, without major typos.

Let’s start with me. I’m Liz Burns; I’m a children’s and teen services librarian from New Jersey. Here and on Twitter, I’m LizB. For shorthand, I call my blog Tea Cozy.

What do I blog about? My original April 2005 Welcome post at Tea Cozy said I like the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that I like to talk about story, whether the story is in a book, a television show, or a movie.

That is still true today, except I’m more focused now, and I will be blogging primarily about books and other media for teenagers. Or, as the cool kids at YALSA say, “young adults.” I’ll also be blogging about other things of interest that are book and book blog related, such as the kidlitosphere and young adult book bloggers. You can see a bit of my taste for books by looking at the sidebar of my blogger blog, which has yearly lists of my favorite books. I’ll be figuring out how to bring those lists (or at least the most recent one) over here.

My librarian credentials includes serving on the 2009 Printz Committee (Jellicoe Road) and the 2010 Schneider Family Book Award Committee. With Sophie Brookover, I co-wrote the book Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community.

SLJ readers my recognize my name (and photo) from when I was included on the famous November 2009 Cover, This Blog’s For You. With Carlie Webber, I co-wrote When Harry Met Bella: Fanfiction is all the rage. But is it plagiarism? Or the perfect thing to encourage young writers? from SLJ’s August 2009 issue. Back in 2007, under a different hair cut and color, I wrote Curl Up with a Cup of Tea and a Good Blog.

And right now, I just want the first date, er, first post, to end so we can have that “hi, who are you, my favorite color is blue, what’s your major” talk behind us and get to the good stuff.

Now the only pressure is deciding what book review to post tomorrow.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Congrats and welcome!

  2. Mary Gardner says:

    Congrats, Liz! And to think I knew you when 😉

  3. Congratulations, Liz! Your first post was great! 😎

  4. Great first post! I can’t wait to read your reviews.

  5. Elizabeth Bird says:

    Woo-hoo! I’ve a new neighbor. Break out the champagne and have some caviar, this calls for celebration!

  6. Congratulations, Liz, this is great news! I heard the drumroll and there were trumpets as well….now we’re marching for coffee, tea and scones (or Diet Coke for some of us weird ones!). I look forward to visiting with you in your new home. All best wishes!

  7. Good going, Liz!

  8. Awesome Liz! Congrats on the new gig.

    I read more and more YA these days (probably 3rd to women’s literaryish fiction and memoir). I enjoy it for myself, but with a 7th grader daughter in the house, I like to keep on top of what’s out there.

  9. Good luck at your new home. I’m sending a virtual potted plant and a box of salt.

  10. Congratulations! This is wonderful news and you are gonna ROCK the SLJ blog scene:) I look forward to reading Tea Cozy in your new home.

  11. Congrats! I’m so pleased for you–it couldn’t happen to a more dedicated, more deserving blogger.

  12. All right! Cool to see you here. Congrats!

  13. Victoria Stapleton says:

    Maazel Tov!

  14. Lea Kelley says:


  15. Cathy Potter says:

    Congrats, Liz! I’m looking forward to following your SLJ blog.

  16. So glad to see you here, Liz! And you always do great posts. :-) Good luck in your new home!

  17. Kimberly Paone says:

    Yay, Liz! : ) Score one (more) for New Jersey librarians! Best of luck in your SLJ cozy new home.

  18. Lia Carruthers says:

    Great to see you at SLJ, Liz. Go NJ Librarians!!

  19. Looking forward to more of your good opinions at a new address. Congrats!

  20. Congrats, Liz! I can’t wait to continue following you here!

  21. Congratulations, Liz!

  22. Congratulations, Liz! You and SLJ seem like a perfect fit. I’ve updated my blogroll and my reader.

  23. go, Liz! Congratulations.

  24. YAY! I’m so excited for you. I know I’m going to enjoy following you here just as much as I did on Blogger. Congratulations on your success and best wishes!

  25. Good luck on your new venture. Best wishes to your continued success.

  26. Huzzah! Good news for you and good news for SLJ, which needed a strong, YA focused voice to join their already stellar blog ranks and couldn’t hope to find better than you! :) Can’t wait to read whatcha have coming!

  27. a good first post. congrats on this new adventure!

  28. Congratulatons.
    Ready to keep reading more!!

  29. Congrats again–what an exciting new step!

  30. Congrats, Liz! Good to see you at SLJ!

  31. Congrats! To think, I “knew you when…”


    Mary Lee

  32. Glad you finally made it Liz! And BTW, that’s the “infamous” Nov. 2009 cover.

  33. Thanks, everyone! Very nice to be here.

  34. congrats on your new digs. leave the light on, i’ll definitely be stopping by.

  35. Woo hoo! This calls from some crumpets! Congrats Liz :-)

  36. Patty Rosati says:

    Giant congratulations, Liz! Good for you, good for SLJ, and great for us!

  37. Well, it seems things just got a lot cozier at SLJ! Congrats to you, Liz, will look forward to your posts.

  38. Fantastic news – congratulations for this great gig, Liz! Very well deserved. We all look forward to your great reviews, current news and grounded insights.

  39. Hey, congrats on your new digs! SLJ just keeps snapping up great bloggers. It was smart of them to “collect” you!

  40. Congratulations, Liz! I didn’t see any typos, so mission accomplished on post #1. I love your blog & your tweets. You are insightful, profound, and often (and most importantly) hilarious.

  41. Congrats, Liz! This is super news.

  42. Lizzy! I’m slow to congratulate you but was thrilled when I first saw the news. Have a blast in your new location.

  43. Woo! This is a perfect spot for you. Great new digs!! Congrats (belatedly).

  44. steven testa says:

    good luck,

    little stevie

  45. I am overwhelmed by all the messages….plus, stevie becomes, officially, my first family member to comment on one of my posts! My family DOES read my blog!

  46. Happy (early) birthday to you! :)

  47. And a happy birthday wish! Thanks, LW