Barr, Patty 1950-

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Barr, Patty 1950-


Born May 19, 1950, in Springfield, IL; daughter of Robert F. (a history teacher) and Phyllis (a social worker) Williams; married John Barr (an attorney), 1970 (marriage ended, 1985); children: Jay, Jill. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Illinois, B.S., M.S. Politics: Democrat. Religion: United Methodist. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, travel, singing.


Home—Decatur, IL. Office—Lincoln School, 700 N. Buchanan, Monticello, IL 61856. E-mail—[email protected]


Kindergarten teacher at public schools in Pekin, IL, 1972-74, and Ila, GA, 1974-76; library media specialist at public school in Decatur, IL, 1990-2002; Monticello District 25, Monticello, IL, library media specialist, 2002—. BabyTalk, family literacy teacher, 1989—. Decatur Choral Society, vice president, 1995-99; Theatre 7, president, 2002.


American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Illinois School Library Media Association, Illinois Reading Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, Sigma Alpha Iota, Beta Sigma.


(With Beverly J. Obert) Capturing Readers with Children's Choice Book Awards: A Directory of State Programs, Linworth Publishing (Worthington, OH), 2004.


Patty Barr told CA: "My coauthor Beverly Obert was the inspiration for our book. I have used children's choice awards in Illinois wherever I worked as a media specialist and have found them to be great motivational tools for reading. We wanted to put together a directory of all the children's choice awards in the country, so the idea for the book came about."