A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy was founded on April 2, 2005 with a welcome post that set forth a mission statement: to write about "story. Because it's all about story: the stories we tell, the ones we believe, the ones we read, the ones we watch. The ones we want to believe in; the ones we're afraid of. The stories we tell because we're afraid." While the majority of my posts are about children's and young adult books, I also write about television and film, sometimes adult books, as well as publishing and library news.

I am a librarian for a regional library of the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Prior to that, I worked for the Ocean County Library, New Jersey. Before that, I was an attorney. This blog, and all its contents, have nothing to do with my employer. My opinions are my own, and have nothing to do with my employer. They have nothing to do with an organization or committee I'm involved in.

My American Library Association activities:

Outreach to Young Adults With Special Needs (YALSA), 2009-2010
Schneider Family Book Award Committee (ALA), 2009-Present
ALA CBC Joint Committee (ALA), 2008-Present
2009 Printz Committee (YALSA), 2007-09
Website Advisory Committee (YALSA), 2006-08
Legislation Committee (YALSA), 2005-07

Where I've been quoted:

Rosen, Judith. "Common Sense Raises Issues at B&N," Publishers Weekly (online), February 23, 2010. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/450525-Common_Sense_Raises_Issues_at_B_N.php
Whelan, Debra Lau. "YALSA Axes Venerable BBYA List," School Library Journal's Extra Helping, January 27, 2010. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/ca6716731.html

Bird, Elizabeth. "This Blog's For You," School Library Journal, November 2009. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6703692.html I also appear on the cover, as detailed in my blog.

Corbett, Sue. "FTC Attorney Says Guidelines Not Aimed at Individual Bloggers," Publishers Weekly (online), October 19, 2009. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/396794-FTC_Attorney_Says_Guidelines_Not_Aimed_at_Individual_Bloggers.php

Whelan, Debra Lau. "BookExpo America 2009: ‘Catching Fire’ Tops the Kids' Books Buzz List," School Library Journal, June 8, 2009. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6662368.html

Whelan, Debra Lau. "SLJ's Day Of Dialog," School Library Journal (online), May 29, 2009. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6661691.html

Barack, Lauren. "The Blogosphere's Farewell to Harry" School Library Journal's Extra Helping, August 1, 2007. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6464471.html
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