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R and R for the 'Peeps'

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember that Carole Leita had hip replacement surgery last November. Yesterday she demonstrated her total recovery by going with me on a 14-mile hike along the West Fork of the San Gabriel River, north of Azusa.
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State Librarian to Deliver Webcasts

hildreth3.jpgState Librarian Susan Hildreth will deliver periodic webcasts through Infopeople beginning March 9, 2005. Each webcast will feature Susan's thoughts on a topic of her choice, as well as news from the State Library and from other libraries around the state. Webcast viewers will have the opportunity to interact with Susan via live chat. Future webcasts are scheduled for August 3 and December 7, 2005.

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CLA Member of the Year

Congratulations to our creative, innovative and inspiring leader, Holly Hinman, who was named CLA's Member of the Year!
If you missed the award ceremony, don't worry. We're working on making a video available online (perhaps as an archived webcast!) of Holly receiving the award and her acceptance speech. Stand by!

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Anne Lipow Memorials Scheduled

I just heard from Anne's daughter Jenny that there will be a memorial gathering this Sunday, November 21, at the LeConte School Auditorium, 2241 Russell Street, Berkeley. Jenny says, "This is an informal gathering for local folks (although some, like Anne's sister Ethel, are coming from afar), an opportunity to speak about Anne's meaning in our lives. It's also a chance for us to record these spoken thoughts for Anne's beloved granddaughters, Sydney and Toby (and others who can't attend because of distance or conflicts)."

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Carole's Progress

Carole Leita is home again after her hip replacement surgery last Friday. Doctors described her as a "model patient" (we knew she would be) and were so pleased with her progress that they sent her home yesterday. She is walking (with a walker), her pain is under control, and she is in excellent spirits.

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Infopeople Instructor Gets Book Contract

Lauren John, the instructor for the online Infopeople course "How to Start, Run and Maintain a Library Book Discussion Group: From Oprah to the Internet," has signed a contract with Neal-Schuman for a book on book discussion groups. The book, which is titled "Running Book Discussion Groups: A How To Do It Manual for Librarians," will be published in 2005. The book is written for public librarians who are interested in either starting new or improving existing book discussion groups.

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