was hooked. We heard her read aloud from so many wonderful books by Beverly Cleary, Robert McCloskey and others. I still read children's books every day. Since learning of my good fortune to receive the Peg Hallissey Lifetime Achievement Award I have been reflecting on the twists and turns of my career.
I enjoyed three years at the Junior High and then was asked to start four elementary libraries. I loved reading to young children and decided this was a better age for me. One summer afternoon I got a call from the Superintendent in Weston asking me to come for an interview. (A Scituate principal had recommended me.) This was a chance to develop 3 libraries, but I declined because I had just begun the work in Scituate. However, luck was on my side again because the Weston job reopened the following spring. I moved and spent the next 40 years working in multiple schools and sharing literature with k-5 students.
How lucky I have been! My passion for children's books has offered me opportunities in so many ways. I was fortunate that the students, parents and teachers appreciated the work I did. Again more good luck. I got a half-year sabbatical to begin my program at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons. While I had read a great deal, it was at Simmons that I learned how to discuss books and gained confidence in my ability to review materials. Mary Burns, a memorable mentor and professor at Framingham State University, called me at this time and asked if I would join her in speaking at the David McCord Festival each fall. During these years I also taught children's literature at several graduate schools. Working with teachers and librarians was most rewarding. Throughout many years I worked with authors visiting our schools and in more recent times worked with Wondermore (formerly FCB) to bring authors into underserved schools in Boston.
Today's librarians are not given the chance to follow a passion. One must be proficient in computer programs, planning and implementing maker spaces, and most recently circulating musical instruments and other items. All of this without additional help! So my question is this -- When will a librarian be lucky enough to have time to read the myriad of outstanding books?