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Celebrating Bridget – Madison event

Posted in CCBC, Events at 9:57 am by Bridget Zinn

Hello Everyone,

This is Barrett, Bridget’s husband. Over the weekend we had a celebration of Bridget in Portland. It was a wonderful day and was an event Bridget would have loved. Friends and family flew in or even drove fifteen hours to celebrate Bridget. It was so nice to see everyone. Thank you to all who came.

Here are the details for the celebration of Bridget happening in Madison, WI.

When: Sunday, June 26 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Mendota County Park (park shelter #1)
5130 County Road M
Middleton, Wisconsin (Map it!)

If you are able please RSVP via the event facebook page. This will help us with numbers and make sure everyone gets enough to eat.

Below are more details about the event from the facebook event page.

Please join us to celebrate Bridget Zinn’s life with her friends and family including her husband, Barrett, and her father, Dick. Light food and beverages will be served. Families are welcome at this beautiful setting on Lake Mendota. We have reserved park shelter #1. Please bring camp chairs for additional seating if you have them. Feel free to drop in and stay for as long as you can.

We plan to compile a scrapbook of photos, memories, and reflections from all of those who loved and were inspired by Bridget. Please bring your contribution to the scrapbook on 8.5×11 paper. If you’re not able to attend on the 26th, you can still contribute – just send it by email to

If you would like to contribute photos to be used in a slideshow, please send them to or post them to the facebook page, “In Memory of Bridget Zinn” (

If you haven’t yet you can order your  In Memory of Bridget Zinn print by illustrator and author, Johanna Wright. Johanna is donating the proceeds to the Friends of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).

I hope to see you there.

Love to you all,



Amazing Print

Posted in CCBC, Portland at 10:58 am by Bridget Zinn

Hello Friends and Family,

This is Barrett, Bridget’s husband & former covivant of sixteen years. Over the past few years Bridget and I have known we have support from friends and family, but I am consistantly amazed and astonished how generous and caring you all truly are. Thank you.

I am delighted to share this post with all of you. Johanna Wright, Portland author and illustrator, has created a new painting In Memory of Bridget Zinn that has touched me deeply. This painting is available as a print to everyone who covets Johanna’s work or loved Bridget. Johanna is donating the proceeds to the Friends of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).

Please visit Johanna’s Etsy page to purchase your print.

Love to you all,


In Memory of Bridget Zinn by Johanna Wright


Celebrating Bridget

Posted in CCBC, Events, Portland at 4:01 pm by Bridget Zinn

Bridget ZinnHello Friends and Family,

This is Barrett, Bridget’s husband & former covivant of sixteen years. Thank you all for sharing your kind thoughts and memories about Bridget. I wanted to share with you that we’re planning two events to celebrate Bridget. The first will be here in Portland, Oregon and the second will be in Madison, Wisconsin. Both of which Dick Zinn (Bridget’s dad) and I will be attending.

Celebration #1

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Place: Our home, 7817 N Wall Ave, Portland OR 97203
Time: 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. or later.
We’re planning on having coffee, juice, french pastries, fruit and chocolate cake/cupcakes. It will be drop in style from 10-2 or later. The event will be indoors and outdoors. So if it’s sunny bring a chair and if it’s rainy bring an umbrella or we’ll all just sit very close on the sofas. 😉

Celebration #2 Sunday, June 26th, 2011
Place: Madison, Wisconsin
Time and location: To be determined

We will update this event on this blog and on Bridget’s memorial page on Facebook.

Memorial Donations
Memorial donations can be made to the Friends of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). Bridget was a member of the Friends Board and the newsletter editor, so she had a very close association with the group. Bridget was a huge supporter of children’s literature for all ages and loved books filled with warm pockets of happiness. This organization changed her life.

Checks can be made out and sent to: Friends of the CCBC, Inc., Box 5189, Madison, WI 53705.
Donations are tax deductible.

As Bridget would say, “Love to you all,”


Bridget Zinn


Fame is Mine!

Posted in CCBC, Writing at 9:24 am by Bridget Zinn

I’m on the homepage of the CCBC website — a good ten percent of the time or so. Woo hoo! Today the CCBC homepage, tomorrow the cover of People. You have to hit refresh on the CCBC’s website to go through all of the pics. So I’m saving you some trouble by posting the image of my newfound fame here:

Doesn’t Judy look adorable as she’s seriously contemplating the book discussion book while the crazy girl next to her (me) is laughing hysterically? There are tons of other great pics of CCBC Librarians and CCBC Friends, so when you have time, you should check out the site. Just click on the image above and it will take you there. Merri helping Carin by giving her a copy of CCBC Choices is one of my favs. 



Friday Six, May 2

Posted in Book Reviews, CCBC, Friday Six at 12:49 pm by Bridget Zinn

I really need to come up with a more original Friday blog entry gimmick. And a new picture. Every time I look at that photo I think “Eek, vampire!” Except it’s just me.

1) We’re moving! It’s official. We’re moving to Portland in June. Woo hoo!

2) We’re starting to look at apartments in Portland because we aren’t ready to buy yet. We tried to get this nice woodsy one full of young bike riding environmentalists (I got this from an extensive phone interview) next to the gigantic Forest Park. Our out of town application was beaten out by mere minutes by an in towner who hand delivered the check before the postman got there. Doh!

3) The next apartment on the list was completely different and, in fact, if I wasn’t reading Suite Scarlett right now I probably wouldn’t even have considered it. It’s downtown and it looks totally like a fancy hotel inside. A far cry from the bike riding environmentalist/dishwasher-less apartment. But Scarlett and, more importantly, Mrs. Amberson make living in a hotel seem like a fun thing to do. Although the place we were going to apply to is more like Hotel Sofitel in Chicago (my favorite hotel) than the cool old hotel in the book. Unfortunately, the ad for this wasn’t put up by the apartment complex itself. Someone stole their info and put up the ad at a lower price — apparently you’re supposed to e-mail them directly and then they run with your deposit. We googled the name of the place instead of e-mailing the contact on the ad and called the number on their site which is where we found all of this out. So we won’t be applying there. Double doh!

4) On the subject of Suite Scarlett, I’m totally loving it and I think it really captures Maureen Johnson’s voice and funniness (at least, based on her blog entries) more than any other book she’s written. It’s about a fifteen year old named Scarlett who lives in an old hotel in New York that her family owns, but can barely manage because they’ve run out of money. Her parents ask her to personally take care of Mrs. Amberson, a retired actress who lived in New York in the 30’s, and who’s staying for the entire summer. She’s quite insane, but so far really funny too.

5) In a tribute to Wisconsin, I ate almost all dairy meals for the last two days. Wednesday — yogurt breakfast, cheese and cracker lunch (I’m on a writing vacation this week, I don’t have time for anything more complex!), and mac & cheese from The Old Fashioned for dinner. Thursday — yogurt breakfast, left-over mac & cheese lunch, walnut cheddar veggie burger for dinner. There were a few fruit and vegetables thrown in there, but my body’s used to eating lots of fruit and veggies with just a little dairy and now I feel like I’m going to die. Done in by WI cheese.

6) The other CCBC Book Discussion books I read for this week, besides the fabulous Sweethearts by Sara Zarr were:

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry — a super fun play on “old-fashioned” books that is darkly humorous.

Game by Walter Dean Myers which might be more enjoyable if you were really into basketball, but I pretended it was one of the cute guys on Friday Night Lights (football and basketball aren’t too far away on the spectrum in my head, even if they are in real life) and that made it somewhat more interesting.

Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes trial by Jen Bryant which is historical fiction in poetry format about the Scopes Trial and which sounded honestly not that thrilling to me but turned out to have some unexpected humor like when they ask the teacher if he minds if they arrest him and he says, Sure, but can I catch a game of tennis first?

The last novel on the list, I didn’t get to read before the discussion — My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger. I’m planning to read it this weekend. They talked about it at the discussion for more than twenty minutes while I waited outside, so it must be really interesting.

Have a great weekend!


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