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Eileen M. Washburn Author Archive

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Eileen is the Children's/YA Librarian at the Richmond Memorial Library in Marlborough, Connecticut. She recently served on the Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Committee, and loves writing for children and connecting people of all ages with books!

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“We Need Diverse Books” Campaign Gaining Momentum

If you work with children’s books and go online, there’s no way you can miss the colorful logo of the “We Need Diverse Books” (WNDB) campaign, which launched in 2014. What started as a tweet between creators Malinda Lo and Ellen Oh has turned into a grassroots movement that has bloggers, authors, librarians, and publishers getting involved and addressing the need for diverse characters and narratives in children’s literature.

Revised Budget May Restore Much of State Funding to Connecticut Library System

Spring came in like a lion in Connecticut, where the threat of sweeping changes to how public libraries operate arrived in the form of the Governor’s proposed budget. The Connecticut Library System was slated to lose $3.5 million if the original proposed budget was passed. The Appropriations Committee released a revised budget at the beginning of the month that “restores much of the funding for funding for statewide library programs that had been slated for elimination,” said State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin in his Conntech Budget News update.