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Kidlit Drink Night Returns! For One Night Only

kidlitdrinknightThey said it was dead. They said it was over. They said it would never return again.  But what they didn’t count on was the fact that when I leave a city I doggone LEAVE a city!  Ladies and gentlemen, I have grabbed my jumper cables, attracted a lightning storm of epic proportions, and rejuvenated the monster.  In short, I’m having a final Kidlit Drink Night to say goodbye to New York City.

The details:

What: Kidlit Drink Night: Bye Bye Birdie Edition
When: Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Houndstooth Bar at 520 8th Avenue at 37th Street. We’ll be in the lower portion.
Why: Because I’m leaving and I would like to say goodbye to you. Or, if you happen to be in New York at that time, hello to you. I’m not all that choosy.

While I acknowledge that from a thematic standpoint it would have made more sense to say goodbye in the Bookmarks Lounge or the Bemelmans Bar, I figured I’d instead choose a venue where you could, say, afford a glass or two of something.  So come on over to midtown to bid me farewell and luck with my move to beautiful Evanston, IL.  Buy me a drink and I may restrain myself from bragging about the beauty of the town, the impossible coolness of the library, the incredibly cool children’s literature community that thrives there, the fact that I can now rent a house with a mudroom, etc. etc. etc.

See you next week!

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. Marjie Podzielinski says:

    I wish I could be there to cheer on your move. You do so much for the library community. Your new town sounds amazing. I hope you will continue to post Good luck as you enter the next chapter of your life. ❤️

  2. What?!? You are leaving NYC?!?

  3. Vicki Hall says:

    I’m sorry for those in NYC but excited for us in IL. Maybe I can meet you in person now. Love reading all your postings about libraries and the literature world. Good luck with your move and welcome to the Midwest where the pace is slower but oh so sweet!

    • Junko Yokota says:

      Vicki, we have planned a big welcome party for Betsy at the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books on October 7. Please email us at for details for look on our Facebook page for the announcement. We are SO excited that Betsy is coming to OUR town!

  4. Stacy Dillon says:

    I’m not going to be around, Betsy. But I wish you the best of luck in your new digs. Getting out of NYC is a Big Deal, and I hope it’s all you want it to be!

  5. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    How late will you guys be there? I have to work late but could scoot on over there at around 8:00pm Will you still be there or will you be too good-cheered to see straight at that point?!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Oh, I suspect the party will be in full swing at that point. I ain’t getting out early, that’s for sure. Come by! Come by!

  6. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    I will! Looking forward to it, Betsy!

  7. Lori Prince says:

    You know I will be there in spirit, talking loudly and gesturing wildly.

  8. I went to one of these drink nights many moons ago and wow, if you can, don’t miss this! Cheers, Betsy!

  9. Carol S says:

    I am sure I am one of a cast of hundreds who read your blog, and loved that you’re in the city. I met you, slightly, at the free (yippee!) bloggers’ conference you hosted several years ago, and, on occasion, attended your literary salons. I regret that you are leaving, and would probably drop in to toast you; however, (truthfully), I am having dental implant surgery that day. It’s not even a toss-up; I’d rather be drinking with you! Best wishes in your new job. I take solace in the fact that you mention “renting;” perhaps the Birds will someday fly back! Meanwhile, I’ll continue reading, and learning from, your blog. Keep giving us all you’ve got. It’s great. And so are you!

  10. Kathy Jarombek says:

    Betsy, we will all miss you here in the Tri-State but best wishes to you and your family!

  11. You’re leaving?! That’s sad. I’ve been to Evanston IL. It’s a nice place. Definitely not like NY! I guess I’ll have to do another school visit over there if I want to say hi. I have an historical item to give you – been meaning to send it to you for awhile – so now will be the perfect opportunity.