Penny Peck has been a children's librarian for 30 years. Before that, she was Snow White and Mother Goose at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, ran a nightclub, worked as the wardrobe mistress for the Berkeley Ballet, and was an agent for a standup comedian. Her experience includes performing thousands of children's storytimes, leading hundreds of book club discussions for students in grades 4-12, conducting hundreds of school tours and assemblies, reviewing children's books and media, and conducting the Performers' Showcase for auditioning library entertainment. She is editor of BayNews, the newsletter for the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California. Since 2002 she has been a part-time instructor at San Jose State University, specializing in classes on youth and teen services and programming. She is also a member of her local school board. She has written three books on children's services, published by Libraries Unlimited, including Crash Course in Children's Services, 2nd edition (2014).