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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Natalie Ziarnik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Natalie lives in Barrington, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Natalie Ziarnik, who edits the “By the Book” column for Public Libraries magazine, is head of the children’s department at the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

School & Public Libraries: Developing the Natural Alliance
ISBN: 0838908411

Amer Library Assn Editions. 2002

School and public libraries are on the same team, yet for practical reasons it often doesn't feel or look like it. If you are in either setting and want to join forces to strengthen what is a natural alliance, this book is for you. Expert liaison Natalie Relf Ziarnik shows that both public and school librarians can benefit in tangible ways by partnering up. Ziarnik eloquently draws on well-known children's literature and defining moments in history to illustrate the untapped potential that exists between schools and libraries. Using classic storytelling techniques, such as "A Day in the Life" of school and public library interaction, she points out both the challenges and rewards of cooperation. Filled with practical and ready-to-use tips, this handbook includes: - Sample "materials request" list for classroom teachers - Sample "homework alert" for public librarians - 14 real-life examples of winning school/library partnerships - Inspiring historical tales including: - The old fiddler in a 1902 Brooklyn school who changed the course of public library service to schoolchildren - The self-proclaimed radical schoolteacher of 1880s Milwaukee who took three boys and six market baskets by horse cart to the public library to select two books for each of her 72 students - The contentious debate between Anne Carroll Moore of the New York Public Library and Lucy Sprague Mitchell, founder of the Bank Street School, that came to be known as the "Fairy Tale War" of the 1920s and 1930s Though it reads like a novel you can't put down, School and Public Libraries is a call to action for school and public librarians to embrace and pursue a shared mission of promoting reading and information literacy and ultimately doubling the support for the children and young people in your community.

Madeleine's Light: A Story of Camille Claudel
ISBN: 1590788559

Boyds Mills Press. 2012

Camille Claudel, the famous sculptor, has come to work at Madeleine’s family inn, far from the distractions of Paris. Madeleine, who has secret aspirations as an artist herself, is fascinated by this remote and somewhat unfriendly guest. Slowly the persistent girl and the secretive sculptor form a bond that leads to beautiful surprises for both artist and child. In this uplifting story, with charming illustrations by Robert Dunn, Natalie Ziarnik imagines how Madeleine Boyer, a real girl, became the inspiration for La Petite Châtelaine (The Little Lady), one of Camille Claudel’s finest creations.

Speaking Engagements

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