Library People

A favorite author

Book cover From the Mixed up FilesE.L. Konigsburg, the author of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and many other  books, died earlier this week. She was 83 years old.  Konigsburg won the Newbery Medal twice, for From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in 1968, and again almost thirty years later for The View from Saturday, in 1997.  There are a few other authors who have done that...but no one else but she has gotten a gold and a silver Newbery Medal in the same year.  In 1968, along with the gold Newbery medal for From the Mixed-Up Files, she also got the silver runner-up Newbery medal for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth. And they were her very first books published. 

E.L. Konigsburg was one of my favorite authors when I was a kid.  I never wrote her a fan letter though...at least, not until I was an adult.  Five years ago, I served on the Newbery Committee to select that year's winner (this one!).  It meant that for one year I had to read for hours every day, and I didn't get to choose my reading. I had to read A LOT of books I didn't like.  When we finally finished, and I came home, I took a day off to do nothing but read exactly what I wanted.   I chose From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  I read it all through the day, and through dinner, and way past my bedtime, and finished it around midnight.  And THEN, I stayed up another hour to write E.L. Konigsburg the fan letter I never wrote her as a kid.  I'm so glad I did. (And she wrote me back.)

Who is your favorite author? Have you ever written them a fan letter? Do it today! If they don't have a website with contact information, you can send an old-fashioned letter to them at the address for their publisher, and their publisher will forward it to them. 

What is your favorite E.L. Konigsburg book?  Which one are you going to try next? 

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A favorite author

 Book cover From the Mixed up FilesE.L. Konigsburg, the author of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and many other  books, died earlier this week. She was 83 years old.  Konigsburg won the Newbery Medal twice, for From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in 1968, and again almost thirty years later for The View from Saturday, in 1997.  There are a few other authors who have done that...but no one else but she has gotten a gold and a silver Newbery Medal in the same year.  In 1968, along with the gold Newbery medal for From the Mixed-Up Files, she also got the silver runner-up Newbery medal for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth. And they were her very first books published. 

E.L. Konigsburg was one of my favorite authors when I was a kid.  I never wrote her a fan letter though...at least, not until I was an adult.  Five years ago, I served on the Newbery Committee to select that year's winner (this one!).  It meant that for one year I had to read for hours every day, and I didn't get to choose my reading. I had to read A LOT of books I didn't like.  When we finally finished, and I came home, I took a day off to do nothing but read exactly what I wanted.   I chose From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler I read it all through the day, and through dinner, and way past my bedtime, and finished it around midnight.  And THEN, I stayed up another hour to write E.L. Konigsburg the fan letter I never wrote her as a kid.  I'm so glad I did. (And she wrote me back.)

Who is your favorite author? Have you ever written them a fan letter? Do it today! If they don't have a website with contact information, you can send an old-fashioned letter to them at the address for their publisher, and their publisher will forward it to them. 

What is your favorite E.L. Konigsburg book?  Which one are you going to try next? 

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Meet Ana-Elba Pavon!


Ana-Elba PavonToday let's head over to 88th Avenue and meet Ana-Elba Pavon, now Branch Manager of the Elmhurst library.  

Ana, What brought you to the Elmhurst library?

I was assigned to work at the Elmhurst Library when I first became an on-call Children’s Librarian here.  I went to visit the library a few days before my first assignment, and like many people visiting this library for the first time, I went right by it because it blends in so well with the houses in the neighborhood!

Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you.

I often prepare for the day’s activities before we open.  During our open hours, I may do a storytime, visit a school, have a meeting, and, of course, help people find things in the library.  At Elmhurst we are small enough that we can give everyone personal attention.  I am happy to serve people of all ages and backgrounds in English and Spanish.

What is your favorite thing about the Elmhurst library?

The people who use our library on a regular basis are so warm and friendly!  We are small, so we do get to know people who come to the library.  People are very appreciative when we help them whether it is finding the right book for a child, helping someone find a job or home on the computer, making copies, or finding the latest DVD.

Where is your favorite place to visit in Oakland?

My favorite place to visit in Oakland has to be the Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena.  I’ve seen all sorts of musical acts such as Madonna and Janet Jackson at the Oracle Arena and was privileged to see the Reverend Billy Graham at the Oakland Coliseum.

What’s your favorite book?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  I was an English major at the University of California at Berkeley and took a course on the 20th Century Novel.  We didn’t get a chance to read or discuss it in class so the professor decided it would be the focus of one of the questions on the final.  That added pressure made me think I would hate it but I read it in 3 days and I loved it!

Ana-Elba Pavon

What’s your favorite food?

Pasta and seafood are my favorite meal.

What is the craziest thing you have ever seen in a library?

Buki the Clown!  I love her neon-colored outfits.  The last time she came to Elmhurst, she had a plastic flower decal on her nose and wore a bright baby blue tutu.  She also puts on a hilarious show.  She’s scheduled to come back to Elmhurst on Wednesday, July 10 at 1 p.m.  I’m sure she’ll be at other locations this summer as well!

Thanks for sharing Ana!

Anytime. I hope everyone stops in for a visit. 

Meet Ana-Elba Pavon!

Ana-Elba PavonToday let's head over to 88th Avenue and meet Ana-Elba Pavon, now Branch Manager of the Elmhurst library.  

Ana, What brought you to the Elmhurst library?

I was assigned to work at the Elmhurst Library when I first became an on-call Children’s Librarian here.  I went to visit the library a few days before my first assignment, and like many people visiting this library for the first time, I went right by it because it blends in so well with the houses in the neighborhood!

Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you.

I often prepare for the day’s activities before we open.  During our open hours, I may do a storytime, visit a school, have a meeting, and, of course, help people find things in the library.  At Elmhurst we are small enough that we can give everyone personal attention.  I am happy to serve people of all ages and backgrounds in English and Spanish.

What is your favorite thing about the Elmhurst library?

The people who use our library on a regular basis are so warm and friendly!  We are small, so we do get to know people who come to the library.  People are very appreciative when we help them whether it is finding the right book for a child, helping someone find a job or home on the computer, making copies, or finding the latest DVD.

Where is your favorite place to visit in Oakland?

My favorite place to visit in Oakland has to be the Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena.  I’ve seen all sorts of musical acts such as Madonna and Janet Jackson at the Oracle Arena and was privileged to see the Reverend Billy Graham at the Oakland Coliseum.

What’s your favorite book?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  I was an English major at the University of California at Berkeley and took a course on the 20th Century Novel.  We didn’t get a chance to read or discuss it in class so the professor decided it would be the focus of one of the questions on the final.  That added pressure made me think I would hate it but I read it in 3 days and I loved it!

Ana-Elba Pavon

What’s your favorite food?

Pasta and seafood are my favorite meal.

What is the craziest thing you have ever seen in a library?

Buki the Clown!  I love her neon-colored outfits.  The last time she came to Elmhurst, she had a plastic flower decal on her nose and wore a bright baby blue tutu.  She also puts on a hilarious show.  She’s scheduled to come back to Elmhurst on Wednesday, July 10 at 1 p.m.  I’m sure she’ll be at other locations this summer as well!

Thanks for sharing Ana!

Anytime. I hope everyone stops in for a visit. 

Welcome!

Welcome to Oakland Public Library's Children's Services blog!  Here your children's services librarians will feature upcoming events, reading and activity recommendations, and stories about your libraries and the people who love them. 

Our "Library People" series will include spotlights on staff, as well as interviews with the many different kinds of people who use the children's materials and services in Oakland libraries.  Our favorite people, of course, are you.

Oakland's newest library is the 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Branch, which opened in January 2011 as a joint-use facility with the Oakland Unified School District.  We'd like for you to meet that year's graduating 5th grade class from Acorn Woodland Elementary and EnCompass Academy, as they introduce you to their library. 

This video was produced as a graduation gift to the 5th graders, by 81st Avenue Library Staff.

Welcome!

Welcome to Oakland Public Library's Children's Services blog!  Here your children's services librarians will feature upcoming events, reading and activity recommendations, and stories about your libraries and the people who love them. 

Our "Library People" series will include spotlights on staff, as well as interviews with the many different kinds of people who use the children's materials and services in Oakland libraries.  Our favorite people, of course, are you.

Oakland's newest library is the 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Branch, which opened in January 2011 as a joint-use facility with the Oakland Unified School District.  We'd like for you to meet that year's graduating 5th grade class from Acorn Woodland Elementary and EnCompass Academy, as they introduce you to their library. 

This video was produced as a graduation gift to the 5th graders, by 81st Avenue Library Staff.