I have been sent an item by Susie Mallett about Librarians entitled Librarian literature – top ten books written by librarians, which was taken from a newsletter, The Avid Reader produced by Abe Books.
This list is very interesting. It includes the well known librarian Philip Larkin, plus others not so well-known. In fact I did not know that Madeleine L’Engle, Ann Tyler and Jorge Luis Borges had been librarians. Missing from the list are John Braine, Lewis Carroll, Marcel Proust and Benjamin Franklin who could easily have been included.What a wonderful collection of people who have achieved so much in very different ways and as I cannot really claim that writing this blog makes me a writer in quite the same way, I am very pleased to be associated with them as a librarian too.
I have been sent some more changes for the US listing of centres by Kasey, and these have now been made.
I was quite surprised to discover that several centres were no longer operating – Beginning Steps to Independence in California, The Jenny Rose Center in Pennsylvania, and The GRACE Center in South Carolina, but new ones are being set up – Center for Developmental Differences in Virginia and Brighter Beginnings through Conductive Education in Ohio. It is a shame that those who have worked so hard to open, run and maintain CE services have to close them down, especially when the services have been available for several years.Thank you very much, Kasey, it is much appreciated and just what is needed to keep me up to date. If anyone else knows of other changes or inclusions that need to be made, please do get in touch.
I have just discovered that the Pető Institute has a new English version of its website which looks very good, clean and fresh with a white background. I have no idea how long it has been up on the Internet.http://www.peto.hu/en/
I have had a look around but was unable to find a list of publications and information on ordering these.
General information about the Institute can be found under the headings of Centre for Development and Conductive Care, Conductive Kindergarten, Conductive School, Adults’ Education Unit, College for Conductor Training and Mária Hári Library and Regional Resource Centre.
The introductory paragraph to the Library section says
Funds from the European Union and the National Development Plan in the frame of the Human Resources Development Operational Programme have made the refurbishment of the Mária Hári Library and Regional Resource Centre possible.
The Library holds thirty thousand volumes on a variety of subjects, not just Conductive Education. A brief description of its contents given.
The piece finishes with
A newsroom, a study, light and comfortable rooms for readers and a children’s corner are expecting visitors day by day.
I am not sure if this means the library is now open to all and not just the Institute’s staff and students. Perhaps someone will confirm it for me.
A museum devoted to the history of Conductive Education and Maria Hari’s life is also on the first floor. Certainly worth a visit if open access is possible, if you are ever in Budapest.
Is this a first?I have just read a news report of an exhibition of photographs taken by professionals at a Conductive Education centre in the UK.
The Megan Baker House Photographic Exhibition opened in Worcester Cathedral yesterday with photos of the participants and their families taken during sessions at the Centre. It will remain there until Sunday 21 March.
It is hoped that the exhibition may move to other venues.
I am not aware of any other such ventures, so please let me know if there are any, or have been any.