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Penny Peck has been a children's librarian for more than 30 years, and is currently a member of her local school board. 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, and reviewing children's books and media. She is editor of BayNews, the newsletter for the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California, and does their blog at  Since 2002 she has been a part-time instructor at San Jose State University, specializing in classes on children’s and tween services and programming. She has written three books on children's services, published by Libraries Unlimited, including Crash Course in Children’s Services: Second Edition (2014), Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals: Second Edition (2015), and Readers’ Advisory for Children and Tweens (2010).