Jeanne McDermott is the new children’s and young adult librarian at the Amagansett Free Library. Jeanne is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College and comes to librarianship from the children’s publishing world. Recently she has held an internship with the Brooklyn Public Library assisting with grant projects and conducting Saturday Story Time. If you’ve been a frequent attendee of the CLASC New Book Forums, you might remember when Jeanne visited as a special guest to discuss new books from Farrar Strauss & Giroux back in 2001. When FS&G merged with Macmillan in January of 2009, Jeanne became the Director of Marketing for children’s books.
Jeanne recently enjoyed the role reversal she experienced as she attended SLJ’s Day of Dialog for the first time as a librarian. She used to chuckle at the librarians who nabbed books in the exhibit hall by the bag full. “Now I’m one of those librarians!” she laughs, holding up her heavy bag.
Jeanne is putting the galleys she grabbed to good use. She’s starting a Read it and Rant it program for teens in Amagansett. Teens will have first crack at the galleys and an opportunity to write a review. Children are also reviewing library books. Dante, a library regular, has written a review of The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, and Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman. These reviews are posted on the end caps of the book shelves and on the sunny windowsill near the library hermit crab (who tweets, by the way.)
Next time you are passing through Amagansett, be sure to stop and say hello to Jeanne. If you’d like to learn more about Jeanne’s background in publishing, read the Publishers Weekly interview with Jeanne on her last day at Macmillan after 25 years in the children’s publishing industry!