This weekend I am transitioning from working as a Youth Services Consultant for Suffolk Libraries to my new role as the director at the Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library. It’s been a pleasure working directly with all the youth services librarians in the county, and I greatly appreciate the gift I received at our last meeting: a copy of my favorite book of 2011, Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. It is signed by those who were at the meeting, and it brings a smile every time I look at it.

I will continue blogging about public libraries from my new perspective as an administrator. Many people have told me over the last few weeks that you can take the librarian out of the children’s room, but you can’t take the children’s room out of the director. I am sure that is true on many levels. I plan on remaining active in ALSC, YALSA, YSS, CLASC and YASD, and I am continuing to read children’s literature (right now I am reading Batchelder Award winner Soldier Bear for my next book club meeting.) I do, however, look forward to the new perspective serving as a director will offer me as the experience can only offer depth to my view of librarianship.

What should I rename this blog? Any suggestions are welcome! I will be thinking about it as I fill out my Civil Service exams this weekend.

Find a Grave in Cutchogue

The Find a Grave Project offers the opportunity for people to request photos of headstones in cemeteries throughout the United States. Requests come from family and friends who don’t live near the cemetery and from genealogy researchers. 

On Saturday, October 15th, a Find a Grave Project event was conducted by the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library at the Old Burying Ground in Cutchogue. Children’s Librarian Bev Christianson led a group of four young people and two adults to photograph headstones from the late 1700s and early 1800s to fulfill photo requests. 

“I was especially interested in doing this project with young people because it involved local history, community service, research skills, photography, and technology,” Bev said. “The two adults that accompanied us were just as interested and involved as the children.”

Pictured here is one young patron photographing the headstone of Charlotte Goldsmith, who was born in 1792 and died in 1828 at the age of thirty-six.

For more information about the Find a Grave project, visit or contact Bev at the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library.