The children’s literature world is reeling this week after learning of the death of two of our finest--uber-librarians Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz, who were killed in a car accident as they drove to the airport following the ALA Midwinter conference in Denver. We were just there together. We just spoke, laughed, and enjoyed the book award news. And now they’re gone. It seems impossible.
So many colleagues are expressing their condolences and sharing lovely memories on listservs and blogs (http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/). I felt it was appropriate to pause for a poem in their memories. (They were both public—not school—librarians, but each had a powerful influence on many, many young people—and people of all ages!)
By Kristine O’Connell George
Mrs. Thompson knows I love sad stories.
The books she lends me
folded tissues tucked into
the sad parts.
We have definitely hit a sad part here.
But we also remember the legacy of these two special women.
From: George, Kristine O’Connell. 2002. Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems. New York: Clarion Books, p. 35.
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