Something About the Authors and Songwriters
Teresa graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelors degree in philosophy in 1986. She received an MLS from the University of North Texas in 1998. Teresa has worked as a youth services librarian since 1998, and is currently a youth services librarian at the Flower Mound Public Library. Teresa, her husband, and her two children live in Keller, Texas.
Alexandra Corona has worked for Harris County Public Library as a family literacy specialist for four and half years. This is the second time she has written the bilingual chapter. She enjoyed writing it both times and hopes it will be a useful resource for everyone. Ms. Corona graduated from the University of Houston in 2001, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in bilingual elementary education and a minor in Spanish. She came to the library for a different experience but still in the education field, after teaching first grade bilingual. She enjoys working for the library and being able to serve so many different people.
Laura Douglas, author of the Toddler chapter, is a genealogy and special collections librarian with the Denton Public Library. Laura has a bachelor of science degree in History from Texas Woman’s University and received her master of library science degree from the University of North Texas in 2003. She has worked at Denton Public in various positions for 16 years, mostly in youth services. She has worked closely with the youth services staff to develop services for young children and their families.
Paula Gonzales has worked in libraries for the past 22 years. She loves helping kids and enjoys presenting storytimes and puppet performances. For the past few years she has been researching new and traditional Spanish songs, rhymes and fingerplays to incorporate into her programs. Paula received a bachelors degree in arts and humanities from the University of Houston and an master of library science degree from the University of North Texas. She currently works in Children’s Services at North Harris Montgomery County College District for the Cy-Fair College Library.
Jeanette Larson has been involved with the development of the Texas Reading Club for more than 20 years, writing and editing manuals and implementing programs in public libraries. Prior to creating her own freelance business in 2006, Jeanette worked as youth services manager for Austin Public Library and as the director of library development for the Texas State Library. Jeanette currently teaches the Youth Programs for Public Libraries course for Texas Woman’s University and is a frequent workshop presenter. She was the 2002 winner of the Siddie Joe Johnson Award and the Texas Library Association recognized her as Librarian of the Year in 1998. Jeanette is a frequent contributor to Book Links and other professional journals. Her book, Bringing Mysteries Alive for Children and Young Adults, was published by Linworth Publishing in 2004. Jeanette holds an MLS from the University of Southern California. She and her husband, Jim, live in Pflugerville with with their two Schipperke dogs and several cats. The dogs enjoy exploring the wonders of Texas with Jeanette and Jim, but the cats would rather stay home and sing country songs.
Kim Lehman, author of the Celebrations Chapter, is celebrating 25 years of working with children as a teacher, professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, and workshop presenter. She has performed at the Texas Library Association, Texas Storytelling Festival and was a frequent guest storyteller for a local children's television show. Kim recently produced a CD and activity book with over 30 songs to sing with children. Now retired from Austin Public Library, Kim is a freelance performer and presenter currently on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.
Born in a small mid-western town, Joe McDermott moved to Texas as fast as he could. It was while completing a fine arts degree at the University of Texas that Joe fell in love with the live music scene of Austin, Texas. Soon after graduation Joe became a part of that scene by making a name for himself as a premier songwriter and performer for the school-aged set. He was barely out of college when he penned the local favorite tunes, “Don’t Drop a Brick on Your Foot” and “My Family Car is a Helicopter.” His recognition as a dedicated songwriter continues to grow. In September of 2006, Joe was awarded the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Children’s Music Division. Joe is the creator of the 2008 Texas Reading Club Theme Song, “Celebrate.”
Christine McNew is the youth services consultant for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and manager of the Texas Reading Club. She is the liaison to the Texas Reading Club Advisory Committee for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Ms. McNew graduated from the University of Texas in 1989 and worked as a children’s librarian for ten years before coming to the Texas State Library.
Sally Meyers has been the youth services coordinator for the Tom Green County Library System in San Angelo for sixteen years. Previously she was teacher-director of La Escuelita Preschool for nine years. Sally served on the Texas Reading Club advisory committee from 1994-1998 and has written the summer reading piggyback theme song every year since 1995. She has served as a member of Children's Round Table's 2 X 2 Committee and served as chair of student participation on the Texas Bluebonnet Award committee. Sally presently serves as choir director at St. Paul’s Presbyterian church. Her husband, Craig, is a retired Presbyterian minister. Together they are raising their grandsons, Troy, 18, and Travis, 15. They also have two granddaughters, Tyler, 7 and Riley, 5, in Senatobia Mississippi.