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Welcome to my blog! My name is Kathy Parker and I’m a life long lover of all things books. A librarian for more than 30 years, I’m looking to discuss books with others. Oh yes, I’m a Cubs fan, too!

Wondering why my blog is named Marianslibrary?  Ever since I first saw the movie, The Music Man, when it premiered in the theaters in 1962, it left a lasting impression on a certain 7 year-old little girl!  I fell in love with the music, Professor Harold Hill, and a certain fictional librarian, Marian Peru.  I decided since I loved to read and at the encouragement from my very own English teacher – my mother – I decided to pursue the prospect of becoming a librarian when I grew up!

Enjoy this clip from The Music Man of “Marian the Librarian” from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnFv29iPACc&feature=related

I’m featured in 2 Cubs’ commercials! Watch my 2011 Cubs on WGN-TV Kathy P.’s Story to discover what was my most memorable Cub/WGN-TV experience.

Also watch the entire group of all 5 of us as we share our stories for The 2011 Chicago Cubs on WGN-TV.

You can follow me on Twitter at @marianslibrary.


104 responses to “About

  1. Ann Eckert

    Kathy, I love your blog and really enjoyed your “picks” lists. Hi to everyone. Thanks for suggesting all those good reads! Ann

    • Kathy

      Morning Ann!
      Yes, I’ll tell the “oldie, but goodies,” HELLO from you! Glad to hear you like my picks. Working on my April/May Parker’s Picks over break.
      Take care!

  2. marianathinks

    Hi Kathy, I love your blog. I just started my won too. Just finished my first post. I follow you on twitter. @marianathinks

  3. Kathy

    Happy to hear from you! It’s a little over a month old so I’m still plugging away with it.
    Good luck with yours as well!

  4. Denise

    Kathy, are you a librarian in the Chicago area? I’m looking to find a location to do an event. Can we chat?

  5. Just had lunch with you daughter, having heard her speak this morning at Free State Social. She’s a doll and you and your blog are swell. I’m a librarian at Lawrence Public Library, working on using social media for Reader’s Advisory — will be following you!

  6. Marian,

    Congrats on your nice book blog. How does a writer contact you about possibly reviewing his/her book?

  7. This is way too cute, Mom! Reading your blog makes me smile.

  8. Hi Kathy!

    I tracked you here from the Unquiet Library’s site. So impressed and inspired by what you are doing!!! I’m wondering if you would give permission for our school to use what you put together for a Kindle permission form, as I’m starting a pilot in our library soon.

    All my best,

    • Hi Belle,

      Yes, please feel free to use the Kindle permission form for your library. Tweak it to suit your needs if necessary. Good luck with your Kindle endeavor! If I can be of any other help, please drop me a line.

      Thank you!

  9. LaVonne Walter

    Hello Marian,
    I found your blog through The Unquiet Library. The Rotary Club of Fort Worth has given my library 25 Kindles and 75 to the school. This is a 3 year project in which we will receive 25 Kindles every year – total of 75. My district is having trouble figuring out how to handle the email accounts, but I have the need for forms and documentation instruments. Unquiet indicates you have given permission to adapt some of your forms. May I do that also and give you credit? Thank you, LaVonne

    • Good Afternoon LaVonne!
      Congratulations on acquiring Kindles for your library! I love hearing this fabulous news. Yes, you surely may use the forms. I enjoy helping others with their programs. If you would ever need any other assistance, please feel free to contact me.
      Best to you,

      • Lynette Buck

        I too am in need of the forms. I’m fairly new to the library scene, and especially inept with digital resources. Your documents would be a tremendous help for me. May I also use them, giving you credit?

      • Hi Lynette,
        Yes, please feel to use the forms. Glad I can help you out!

  10. Andrea Baker

    Hi Kathy,
    I located your site after linking to The Unquiet Library. Our elementary media center has just received 30 iPads and 30 Kindles. May I tweak your forms and use them with our students as we get ready to roll out this pilot program? We would give you credit for the intellectual property. Thanks, Andrea Baker

    • Morning Andrea,
      Congratulations on acquiring the Kindles and the iPads for your media center! Yes, you surely may tweak the form to fit your needs.
      I would be interested in finding out how you’re planning on using the iPads. Thanks for sharing your information!

  11. John Baker

    Hey Kath, I heard you were involved in my Christmas Kindle. Thanks!
    Just about finished with “Colonel Roosevelt”. Very good, I read the 1st book, “Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” 15 years ago and thought it was as good a biography as I’ve read. Read parts of the 2nd volume and didn’t like as much. Say hi to everyone for me!

    • Hi John!!!
      Thanks for stopping by my blog site to drop me an email! What a nice “brother” you are! Glad you are loving your Kindle! Yes, I had a hand in it. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing what you just finished reading. I think you might enjoy some of the non-fiction books I selected for my Winter Reads List.
      Best to you & tell the family hello!

      • John Baker

        Right now I have 2 more books on kindle I need to read, next up “The Dragon With The Girly Tatoo” or something like that. Apparently I missed the mem0 but it seems that this required reading for anyone over 12. Who new?

      • Most definitely John!!
        Steve and I loved the trilogy – sad though the author has since died & there will be no more books about Lizabeth! Let me know what you think of them.
        Happy Reading!

  12. Lisa Castellano

    Hello from Virginia. Our high school library has obtained four Kindles and it would be wonderful if you would allow us to adapt your form. It is the best one out there to suit everyone’s needs! We would definitely give you credit as well. Thanks so much for forging the road for all of us!

  13. Hi! Your form was passed along to me from Buffy Hamilton here in GA, and I noticed she had credited you at the bottom. I would like to modify and use that Kindle form as well. Is that OK? I can send you a copy of the modified one if you like. Please advise; thanks!
    Kelly Paynter
    Media Specialist
    Sprayberry High School
    Marietta, GA

  14. Hi Kathy,
    Our library recently acquired three Kindles and I would love to adapt your permissions letter and attribute the original to you? Love your blog!

    Nancy Florio
    Library Director
    Canterbury School
    New Milford, CT

  15. Marian-
    Like so many of the previous posts, I wish to adapt your Kindle permissions form as found on The Unquiet Librarian site. Our 7-12 library hopes to acquire 6 Kindles in the next few weeks, and I am a Kindle “newbie”.

    • Hi Mary Alice! Love the name. I have a very dear book club friend with the same name. 🙂
      Yes, you are more than welcome to use and adapt our Kindle permission form as you start your Kindle program. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to email me. Also, if you haven’t been to: http://www.edukindle.ning.com – it’s an EXCELLENT site for Kindle information.

  16. Kit Vaughan

    In reading your wonderful blog, it looks like I’m not the first to ask permission to adapt your Kindle forms (and give you credit) for our school libraries. We’d greatly appreciate it.

    I loved reading how your blog got its name. Many, MANY years ago, my sister had a bit part in the musical at the local high school, and I was forced to attend her performance. I was hooked on Music Man and Marion from then on.

    Kit Vaughan
    Acquisition Librarian
    Chesterfield County Public Schools
    Chesterfield, VA

    • Good afternoon Kit!
      Thank you for the very nice compliment concerning my blog! I’ve enjoyed writing for it over the past year. I’m in the process of contributing part of a chapter to a professional book so I’ve been a bit lax with my blog. I do have my Spring Reads to post later next week as well as my 10 Parker’s Picks for April and May.
      Yes, please use my Kindle form for your school library.
      I loved your story about your sister and The Music Man!!

      Best to you!

  17. Susan

    My school district has just recently begun to purchase Nooks & iPads to use for ebooks. We came across an AUP that you developed, and we wanted to ask your permission to use and modify it for our schools?
    Thank you!
    Susan P.

    • Good afternoon Susan,

      I’d love to help out a fellow Illinois school! 🙂 Yes, please feel free to use it for your Nooks and iPads & modify it to suit your needs.

      • Kathy,
        I have also discovered your Nook permission form and think is is great! I would like to ask your permission to modify it to reflect our school’s information and costs and use it within our school district. I am in a small town school in Wisconsin.

      • Morning Sue,
        Yes, please feel free to modify the form to suit your school’s needs.

  18. Ann

    We would like your permission to use a greatly-adapted version of your form for our Kindles. May we? Thanks!

  19. Kathy, I would like to contact you to ask several questions about digital reading. What email I could use?
    Best Regards,

  20. Lynette

    Hello Kathy,
    I am also requesting the use of your forms. I’m a dither head, but would certainly appreciate NOT having to make up new forms. Thanking you in advance for your time, talents and permission.

  21. Lynette

    Thank you, I did receive the permission email. I have passed along the information to our district media specialist for her perusal. Perhaps you will be getting another permission request. I’m certainly appreciative of the time it took you to create these documents and to work through all the “wriggles” Thank you so much for being a “sharer” and not a hoarder. I love the blog and look forward to the time when I can explore more fully all there is here.
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving.
    Kind regards,

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! As our school has now started to research the possibility of using iPads in the classrooms, we’ve been lucky enough to have some resource educators who have shared their information with us. Sometimes there is no sense “reinventing the wheel” so to speak.
      Yes, stop by again to visit my blog! There’s a multitude of information, book lists, and book reviews.


  22. We would also like permission to use your forms with the Kindles in our media center. We are just starting to “put a toe” in the water when it comes to eBooks. Your forms would be a real help to us in getting started.
    Thanks! Cathy Keller

  23. Aimee Emerson

    Hi Kathy!
    Like so many others, I too would love to adapt your Kindle Use form. It is concise, and that is something that I really need as a first year librarian. I will be waiting for your permission. Thank you! Aimee Emerson

  24. Stephanie Humphries

    Hi Kathy!
    I would also like permission to adapt your Kindle User Form. I will be receiving Nooks in the near future, and would like to have a form in place when they arrive.
    Thanking you in advance,
    Stephanie Humphries

  25. Hi Kathy–
    Our school is about to embark on a Kindle experiment and your blog as well as Buffy Hamilton’s have been enormous help. I am also requesting permission to adapt the permission form for use at our school. I will certainly give you credit for the original form.


    • Good Afternoon Faith,

      Congratulations and good luck with your Kindle program! If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to ask. Yes, you have my permission to adapt our school’s Kindle permission form.

  26. Good Morning Kathy,
    I am adding another request for permission to adapt your Kindle User Form. I am currently setting up 12 Nooks for use with my high school book club and would like to utilize your form. It is well worded, clear and professional.
    Thank you,

  27. Carrie Tucker

    Hi, Kathy,
    May I please adapt your permissions form for East Bridgewater High School library? We are starting a program with Nooks.
    Carrie Tucker

  28. Good Afternoon Sybile,

    I just sent an email off to you concerning your interest in our school Kindle program.
    Hope to talk with you soon!


  29. Hi Kathy,

    Hi Kathy!
    I’m piloting the Nook Color at Vandegrift High school in Austin,TX and I wondered if I could adapt your Kindle Use form? Thanks for creating something that is useful to so many librarians.

  30. Kathy McLaughlin

    Hello, Kathy,

    We are pioneering a program with Nooks at my high school as well. May I also have permission to use and adapt your User Agreement form?

    Kathy McLaughlin

  31. Hi Kathy,
    I too would like to have permission for the Macomb School District to use and adapt the Kindle User agreement. Thank you for creating such a great permission slip.

    With much appreciation,
    Katie Hoge

  32. Kathy,
    I am interested in using/adapting your permission slip for using the Kindles in the classroom. May I use your permission slip for implementation of Kindles in the Macomb School District?

    Thank you,
    Katie Hoge

    • Lynn

      As you have done such a great job with this document about ebook permission slips, I’m wondering if you have anything in your authoritative file that addresses closing procedures for an assistant. It seem as though mine doesn’t feel the need to help in the library during the last couple of days, and is busy any where else in the school helping anyone do… whatever….I would appreciate any help you could give me.

      • Hi Lynn,
        Thanks for the compliment! As far as your question goes, it has always been part of the assistants’ duties but not anything official as far as documentation that I can actually share. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Possibly can you make it part of the job description that you and your principal could work on together and approve? That would be my suggestion.

      • Lynn

        I spoke with my administrator and we decided to have a list of things that will be her responsibility at the beginning and the end of the school year. She is to have those items completed before leaving for summer, or taking on tasks from anyone else. I’m thinking this will do the trick. I appreciate your time in responding.

      • Glad to hear you discussed it with your administrator.
        Best to you!

  33. Daniel Turner

    Hi Kathy!

    Great blog! I was wondering, is there any way to contact you that is not via twitter.

    I look forward to hearing back from you!

    All the best,
    Daniel Turner

  34. Thanks, Marian! Keep up the great work on our site!


  35. Sheri' Barker

    Hi Kathy! Great blog! I work at a middle school in Alabama and we have just purchased 30 Nooks. We would like permission to adapt and use your Permissions and Acceptable usage form. Thanks and let me know.

    Sheri’ Barker

  36. Kathy, Thanks. I work at a high school in Spring, TX. Been reading your blog post here & also want to use your permission slip. We will give you credit, of course. Will it be ok for us to adapt your form to our needs as well?


  37. Hi Kathy,
    I enjoyed the discovery of your blog…I was looking for a permission and acceptable use form for our Kindles and ended up here! What a bonus! I would like to use a very modified version of the form for our school, if that is OK with you. Thanks!

  38. Helen Robbins

    Hello Nancy- I found a modified version of your ereader permission slip. Can I please use it with the following note at the bottom: Form adapted with permission from Kathy Parker at https://marianslibrary.wordpress.com/. Here is the page I plan to post it on. It is “hidden” for now and in draft mode until I am ready to put it live. https://sites.google.com/a/svvsd.org/learning/nook-ereaders
    Helen Robbins Longmont High School Library

  39. Hi Kathy,
    Lakeview High School Library in Battle Creek, Michigan would also like permission to use an adapted version of your excellent NOOK permission form for circulation of 6 eReaders. Thanks very much!
    Margaret Lincoln
    Lakeview Schools District Librarian

  40. Hi Kathy,
    Like many others, I’ve been looking for acceptable use forms and templates for our library’s venture into e-reader device lending, and I found yours. Would you be so kind as to grant us permission to adapt your document to fit our needs, with the appropriate attribution information of your choice. I look forward to your response, and thank you for all your efforts to increase literacy.
    Matt Kreitzer, Pine View High School Library

  41. Irene Hayden

    I too would like to use your Nook permission slip. Would that be alright?
    Irene Hayden
    Manville High School

  42. Hi Kathy!

    I’m getting ready to roll out 80 Nooks and would appreciate the opportunity to adapt your e-reader use agreement for my school. Could I have your permission to do so? Many thanks: )

    ~lanell rabner
    Springville High School

  43. Courtney Bosco

    Hello Kathy!

    Similar to the statements above, I too am starting to integrate Nooks into our library (on a much smaller scale!). Could I also have permission to adapt your e-reader use agreement for my school? Of course, I will give you credit.

    Thanks so much,

    Courtney Bosco
    Librarian in Southeasten Mass.

  44. Hello Kathy,
    My library just received 6 Nooks. May I have your permission to adapt your acceptable use agreement form for our high school’s program?
    Anne O’Malley
    Library Media Aide
    Walpole High School, Walpole, MA

  45. Melinda Lundberg

    Hi Kathy,
    May I adapt your Nook permission and acceptable use form?

  46. A.C.

    Hi Kathy,
    May I adapt your Nook permission and acceptable use form?
    I love the format, too. Thanks for your work.
    Ana Loya- Librarian in Austin

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