About Mrs. Mac and this blog

I’m “Mrs. Mac,” a School Librarian holding a BS and MS in Elementary Education, and an MLS in Library Science. I’m so proud to have just completed a 2-year term serving on the 2019 John Newbery Committee, working hard to choose the most distinguished book in America for 2018. Even though it was a lot of work, serving on it was the professional high point of my career.

I was an Elementary teacher in NYC for more than 20 years, and also spent years as an Elementary, Middle and High School Librarian in NYC and MA. I’ve also been a Technology Teacher and Substitute Teacher in FL. Now I’m an Elementary School Librarian once again because what goes around, comes around!

I’m actively involved with the American Library Association (ALA), The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

I’m also very proud to have been selected as an ALA Spectrum Scholar in 2007, and to have been selected to give the graduation speech at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) ceremony held at Simmons College (now Simmons University) in Boston 2008. Go Sharks!

I love to read and review books, so put those loves together when I created this blog back in 2012. I’d like to give a “shout out” and “thank you” to publishers who send me ARC’s (Advanced Reading Copies) or ebook versions in return for honest reviews. It’s always fun meeting them at ALA’s National Conferences, and seeing books on store shelves AFTER I’ve already read them.

Have fun reading my reviews, and be sure to ask yourself “Should I Read it or Not?”

7 thoughts on “About Mrs. Mac and this blog

  1. Alma,
    Thank you so much for your review of my debut novel, A World Away. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and that you took the time to share your thoughts with the readers of your blog.
    All good wishes,
    Nancy Grossman

    • Mrs. Mac says:

      You’re quite welcome. I really enjoyed reading “A world away,” and can’t wait to read your next book. Congratulations.

  2. Hello Alma,

    My name is Eloísa Pérez-Lozano and I am the events and publicity coordinator at Arte Público Press. Thank you for reviewing our children’s book, Let’s Salsa! on the Latina Lista website this past December.

    As you may know, Arte Público Press is the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. We were the original publishers of Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and other well-known Latino authors like Gary Soto, Denise Chavez, and Ana Castillo. We launched an imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, in 1994.

    I saw on your blog that you review young adult books and so I was wondering if you would be interested in receiving galleys or finished books from us.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Eloísa Pérez-Lozano
    Events & Publicity Coordinator
    Arte Público Press
    University of Houston
    4902 Gulf Fwy, Bldg 19, Rm 100
    Houston, TX 77204-2004
    http://www.artepublicopress.com
    eloisapl@uh.edu
    713-743-2999
    FAX: 713-743-2847

    • Mrs. Mac says:

      Hola Eloisa. I would be happy to review Young Adult books or galleys for Arte Publico Press. The work your publisher does in spreading the word about Latino/a authors and illustrators is well known. Thank you for thinking of me. I will send you an email with my information.

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