Micki Nevett
Nevett, Micki SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. Micki Nevett, age 53, of Slingerlands, died suddenly Monday, December 17, 2007 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, N.Y. Micki was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and has been a Capital District resident for over 30 years. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in library science from SUNY Albany where she previously taught as adjunct in library science. Micki was a library media specialist at Westmere Elementary School and had also been affiliated with the Mohawk Valley Library Association, Bethlehem Public Library and Wallingford, Conn. Public Library. She had also been involved professionally with the American Library Association, serving on its Newbury Committee, the Committee for Notable Books for Children and the Caldecott Committee. She was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, where she served as librarian for the Children Religious School and was made a trustee of the congregation this year. She is survived by her loving husband, David Galletly of Slingerlands; devoted mother of April Galletly of New York City; daughter of Evelyn Nevett of Lake Worth, Fla.; sister of Jonathon Nevett (Karen Post) of Rockville, Md. and Wendy Bazil (Paul) of Kensington, Md.; aunt of Rachael, Danielle and Michael Nevett, Ted and Madeleine Bazil. She was predeceased by her father, Stanley Nevett. Services at Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany, N.Y. on Wednesday, December 19, at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in the Beth Emeth Cemetery, Loudonville, N.Y. The period of mourning will be observed at the Galletly residence, 71 Mohawk Trail, Slingerlands, N.Y. on Wednesday following the service of interment, and on Thursday evening with a service each evening at 7:30. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fund for Jewish Education at Congregation Beth Emeth or to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Inc., 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002.
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Dear Micki, I'll never forget you, dearie - reminiscing about our childhoods in Brooklyn, both of us having much younger siblings, talking at the same time & being able to understand each other, celebrating Hanukkah at your house, seeing how happy you were to be a mother, and of course our shared love for libraries, children and books...
Anne Simon Vines
June 5, 2015
Dear Mrs. Nevett and family,

I am writing this message to say thank you for the role that you had in my daughter's life during her time at Westmere Elementary School. Last night, it made my heart dance when she received the memorial scholarship in your honor at the senior awards ceremony at Guilderland High School. You nurtured her love of reading and learning, mentored her as a volunteer in the school library, and always had a smile for her and everyone else you met. She works part-time at the Guilderland Public Library and I honestly believe that she will always have a book in her hand during spare moments! It is so important to acknowledge the special people who have a life-long impact on our children during their time in school, and you were one of those incredible people for Gwyn. I wanted your family to know how much this meant to my daughter to receive support for her college education in your memory.
Carla Sofka
June 4, 2015
I still think of Micki, and I am sure I always will, whenever we schedule Bookdates, whenever I read a really terrific new book for young people, and whenever I hear Dave's voice on the radio. I'd love to hear her tell a story or give her opinion of a new book.... I can almost hear her laugh!
Jendy Murphy
December 15, 2008
i loved Ms Nevett she was my librarian all throughout elementary school and she always kept me going and updated.
Dayle Carahrt
December 12, 2008
Mrs.Nevett-
I can't believe you have left our lives because you definitely left too early. I just saw you when I met your daugter over Thanksgiving break. I loved chatting with you and meeting your accomplished daughter. You told me that your favorite book this past year was The Book Thief and I plan on reading it this year in your honor. I was a reluctant reader you helped become an excited reader. You added so much joy to my elementary school experience. I will remember you for always. My heart goes out to your family.
Hannah Rosen
January 3, 2008
Dave and April,

I was so sorry to learn of your loss and of Micki’s passing. From reading the many proceeding entries in this guest book, I can see that Micki continued to touch a great many lives, just as she had touched mine. That does not surprise me in the least. Micki had a gift for extending friendship and looking out for and after others.

I am humbled, when I come across such greatness, as Micki offered. It is greatness, unique to those readily gifted in improving the lives of those fortunate enough to come upon them. It is not unusual, that these special persons are found in roles such as teachers, librarians, nurses, mothers, and, when we are lucky, that of a friend. Micki blessed many with such friendship.

I can only suppose how fortunate Dave must have been to have kept this relationship for over 30 years. April, too, must have been gifted to have had such a mother and role model. When I knew her, Micki wasn’t one to waste time. I bet she packed more into her years of marriage, motherhood, and life, than most could, if they lived to be 50 years longer than Micki. Some stars burn faster, brighter, surer, and for a shorter time. I agree that Micki was such a star.

God bless you both, as you confront her loss, but be assured, that if there is anyway to do so, Micki is surely continuing to look out for you.
Ken Stokem
January 3, 2008
Of all the great teachers at Westmere I remember Micki's glowing personality as she fulfilled her daily labor of love in the Westmere School Library, especially friendly and knowledgeable and wise. She made a lasting impression on myself, a single father doing my best for my two boys, who have since moved on to highschool and middle school. Micki was always enthusiastic and pointed us in the right direction in her wonderful world of children's Ed development and booklore, I was just told this morning about the premature loss of this wonderful person Micki. My thoughts to her family, friends and colleagues during this weighty and sad season, George Courtney and sons Justin and Brandon.
George Courtney
January 2, 2008
I have written to Dave and April to express these thoughts personally, but wanted to share them with the world after seeing this on line opportunity.
Sometimes when you grow older you reflect on people in your lfie who were critical and important to you at a time, though you didn't realize it then. I was barely 16 when I started at SUNYA, and truthfully, a little bit scared to death. Micki was the "big macha" upper classwoman, an ay ay ay sophomore, who took me under her wing. She ran on "my" slate for Quad Board office and was literally a den mother to a host of freshmen getting their feet wet in SUNYA campus politics. She provided warmth and emotional security and confidence to me, and I am sure to many others.
As a reasonably well adjusted, moderately successful human being today, I realize how important Micki was in my "formative" years. She stayed with me thru my time at SUNYA, working as my Secretary when I chaired Central Council (remeber that Sally Goodall?)
Always a good egg, Always with a smile and bubbly personality. Always a good ear with good advice.
I am not at all surprised to see the outpouring of comments here all in the same vein.

I regret more than I could ever say not having realized just how important Micki was in my life until it was too late to tell her myself. Somehow, some way, I just feel that she is reading this and knows, and is patting my head in a motherly way telling me that it is okay.
Life is clearly not always fair. But those of us who got to share in Micki, a neshama, we got a real bonus.
Peace to you Dave and April. May you know of no more sorrow.
Lew Fidler, Brooklyn USA
Lew Fidler
December 31, 2007
ms nevett,

you are an inspiration to all of us. you have paved a path that we should all follow in life. no one has ever helped me and my sisters more then you have. you have showed us to love reading and all the interesting stories that all books hold. there is no other librarian in our school district who can be better than you. you have this personality that no one can surpass and a smile that could make anyone light up!! Thanks for always being there for your students and myself. i hope that where you are, you are becoming that singer you wanted to always be!!!

-an old student from westmere
December 27, 2007
I met Micki at SUNY Albany and had the good fortune to be her roommate during her senior year. I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. I will remember Micki fondly for her warmth, intelligence, humor and exuberance.

Dave and April, my heartfelt condolences to you and all your family. April, while we've never had the opportunity to meet, having known your mother, I am sure that you must be a special young lady indeed.

My kindest thoughts are with you.
Fran Bernstein
December 25, 2007
We had lost touch for 30 years, since graduating JFK HS in 1971; however, I had the good fortune to meet up with Micki again at our reunion, and even greater fortune to get to know her again on her trips to visit her family in Maryland. Micki, always a warm, vibrant, and wonderful young person had become a Shining Star as a wife, mother, and children's librarian...Of all the many reasons she had to be proud (and there were so many, as evidenced by the thoughts left in this Guest Book), I can honestly say she was absolutely, positively most proud of her very wonderful and accomplished daughter, April. When she described this beautiful young woman (at the time, April was just entering college in NYC--Columbia, NYU? ), Micki's face lit up and gleamed with pride. She also spoke of her husband with such love, and it was clear that she had had a wonderful family life. Of all the people from our high school, it is most incomprehensible that this living Treasure is no longer with us...She was the epitome of a life well lived, as she embodied love, literature, learning, and loyalty. I cannot imagine this world without her, and my heart goes out to her family. April, please know that your mother loved you more than anything, and I know (from the things Micki told me about you) that your life will be as meaningful and as rich as hers. She has been an inspiration to all of us.
Beth Jacobson Miller
December 25, 2007
Ms. Nevett was so cool. Whenever I would give her an idea for a book I was in the mood for, she would always come out with something great! Once, awhile ago she gave me a book that so soooo good, I still have it! I forgot to give it back! Ms. Nevett is the coolest person ever! I will never ever forget her awesomeness as a librarian. Even though she wanted to be a singer, I am glad she didn't, because she made an absolutely amazing librarian! Her love of books was so incredible, it made me want to read every book she could find for me. She really made me want to read so much more. I will miss her sooooooo much!
Krystal Cole
December 24, 2007
Dave, my prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. I was saddened to hear of the loss of Micki - she had a wonderful love of life and of people and and I will remember her from our years at college and beyond with great fondness.

My thoughts are with you.
Allen Eichhorn
December 24, 2007
What can I say? I knew Micki (and Dave) from our years at SUNY Albany, Indian Quad and Saturday Nights at the Radio Station. I was utterly shocked when a mutual friend called to tell me the unbelievable news.

Micki was always cheerful and bubbly. Although I haven't had a lot of interaction with Micki in the past years we would send e-mails once in awhile and Micki was always good about sending notes on Holidays.
To Dave, a longtime friend and to April, whom I only met a few times, All my sympathy!!
Barbara Posklensky Kuppersmith
December 23, 2007
I was a student of Micki's in her Administration of School Library Media Centers class. She was so encouraging to me and always ready with an answer to a question. We remained in e-mail contact. Her class was one of the most useful and practical classes that I took at SUNY Albany. Her warmth, her professionalism, her smile and her enthusiasm for children's literature will stay with me.
Sari Grandstaff
December 21, 2007
I went to Hebrew School on Long Island with Micki, and carpooled since we lived around the corner. I remember on the first day, the teacher asking her, ``Is your name really Micki?'' We lost contact over the years, but I started playing softball with her brother Jonathan and caught up with her life. What a tragedy! Condolences to Jon, David and her family.
Jonathan Salant
December 21, 2007
I didn't know Micki very well but each time I interacted with her, I knew I was with a special person. Her exuberance and beautiful spirit will be missed.
Every June the librarians from Guilderland Public Library promote the summer reading club to the students at Westmere. Micki always made us feel so welcome. Thank you Micki.
Leslie Saperstone
December 20, 2007
Our entire family knew Micki as the most special librarian at Westmere School. Both our children always commented not only on how friendly and kind she was, but also on how she she helped them find just the right book for them and helped to foster a love of reading. As a neighbor, I shall always remember her beautiful smile. We are truly sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Mary, Tom, Maggie and Tommy Cullinan
Mary Cullinan
December 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. It was an honor to know you as my professor at SUNYA. You brought such exhuberance to librarianship! You will be missed.
Shelley Nugent
December 20, 2007
Lucky to be on my first American Library Association Committee with Micki. We continued meeting at conferences and emailing over the years. She was kind,witty,and very knowledgeable in Children's Literature. She was the best that one could find in a friend and will be greatly missed.
Peg Ciszek
December 20, 2007
I had the good fortune to meet Micki and attend JFK High School with her in Plainview, NY. I remember her as kind soul, with a vibrant personality and a gifted intellect. Having read the other comments in this book, it is clear that nothing has changed.

My most heartfelt condolences to Micki’s family and to all whose lives have been enriched by knowing her – it was a wonderful life.
Edward Weinert
December 20, 2007
April,
My mom called me yesterday and told me, I am so so sorry for you loss. Your mom was a really wonderful person, I remember ever year her visiting our class at Emma, and making latkes and having matzah bread. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
Courtney Patrick
December 20, 2007
Mrs. Nevett was one of the people I looked forward to seeing whenever I visited my children at school. She was a kind person that always had a nice thing to say about each child. She will live on in mine and my children's memories forever. A magnificent library must be awaiting her. I hope your memories can help you through these sad times. Sincerely, The Pinchbecks (Tod, Lauren, Matthew and Logan)
Lauren Pinchbeck
December 20, 2007
I first met Micki when I was a young adult and she worked at the Bethlehem Public Library. As many people have noted, she had a way of making you feel like you were the most interesting person in the world. Her enthusiasm for books and reading was contagious and she listened and picked out books for me that exactly suited my taste. I have fond memories of spending long summer afternoons at the library, sprawled out on a bean bag chair, reading anything Micki put in front of me. Later, when I worked for The Book House, I had the pleasure of working with her on a professional level. Just seeing her walk through the door could brighten your day immeasurably. Often, she would say "oh I'm so glad to see you - there a book I want to show you". I will always treasure the memory of her boundless optimism, wit, warmth and the way she drew you into her confidence. I am a lucky person for having known Micki. It is with profound sadness that I offere my sincerest condolences to David and April. There are no words to express this sadness.
Deirdre McShane
December 20, 2007
April, deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Not sure if you remember, but one of my memories from when I was younger was playgroup with you and your mom. I am truely sorry to hear about your loss. My Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Emily Smith
Emily Smith
December 20, 2007
I feel cheated to have only known Micki for 3 months, having just joined the staff at Westmere in September. But as all that knew her can imagine, she was one of the first people I met and her bubbly, friendly way and her uncanny ability to get to know you as an individual made it seem like we had known each other for years. I had the good fortune of having lunch with her almost every day and she was always sharing story after story about her life, her friends and her beloved David and April. I felt that we shared a special love for the Beatles and was sorry that she missed the chorus sing Yellow Submarine at our concert the day after her passing. I will forever hear her sing "Hey, Jude" as I walk in the faculty room for lunch. The lessons she has taught all that knew her about living a life of passion will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes to her family.
Judy Russo
December 20, 2007
Ms. Nevett was my librarian in elementary school. I enjoyed seeing her in the library every now in then. Ms. Navett was a kind woman to me and others. I hope that me and others will always remember her and her kindness.
Tyler Hayner
December 19, 2007
Mrs.Nevett was my favorite librarian at Westmere Elementary, she is one of the most friendly and kind people i new, my prayers go out to her family and friends.
Nico Cunningham
December 19, 2007
Micki will be sorely missed here at the Guilderland School District. Her smile and quick wit was always appreciated. I have had the great pleasure of knowing her all of her years here and the visits to Westmere will be a bit empty without her there.
Bob Collins
December 19, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers go out to tne entire Nevett family. We hope that the good memories of Micki will be a source of strength to you all during this time. Faith, Dave, and Ari Fischel
Faith Fischel
December 19, 2007
I am Micki's cousin. Being 6 years older we didn't spend a lot of time together as kids. However my interactions with her were always positive. When I was in college, in the sixties, Micki had this idea that I was a "cool" guy. We would laugh about that over the years. I think M
Dan Stone
December 19, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Nevett family during this time of grief.
Greg Kahn
December 19, 2007
My deepest sympathy is expressed to David and April with the tragic loss of my friend and colleague, Micki. Micki truly was at the heart of Westmere. She created a library that was so welcoming. I loved to watch her share her excitement for books with children and adults. I spoke this morning with some of my students from last year. We were sharing our sadness and I felt that one of my students chose one of her many gifts to remember..."she never wore a frown...". My thoughts and prayers are with you...
Lisa O'Brien
December 19, 2007
Ms.Nevett was a wonderful teacher/librarian and always showed me new books which brought me closer to the reading experience. I knew her for 5 years and she was my best friend and teacher. i was one of her most loving book studens but now I am in middle school but i will always remember her.
Dayle Carhart
December 19, 2007
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just met Micki this year when I started at Westmere. She would light up the room when she came in. She had an infectious sense of humor which we all enjoyed.
She will be sorely missed!
Prayers,
Elaine Howland
December 19, 2007
Micki had the uncanny gift of instantly making you feel special. She was interested, curious, and involved in all of our lives. She never missed an opportunity to ask me about my daughter whom she had come to know last year. She listened to people, paid attention to the details of their lives which is why she was always so able to pick out just the right book for them. Micki's uplifting spirit, positive attitude, and gracious hospitatlity while visiting the library, will always cause me to remember her fondly and smile. She will be dearly missed.
Carrie Windecker
December 19, 2007
Mrs. Nevett will forever be part of my memory and that of my daughter, a 5th grade library helper at Westmere Elementary. Gwyn was completing her shift at the library at Westmere this morning (after showing me the wonderful memorial tributes that are placed outside the library) because "Mrs. Nevett would want us to be here". Our favorite memory of Mrs. Nevett involves a chance encounter at the Guilderland Public Library this past summer. Gwyn was sharing the titles of the books she had checked out and noted that they didn't have one of the books that she was hoping to find. Mrs. Nevett stated: "I have a copy in the trunk of my car." We marveled at her traveling library and she loaned Gwyn several books for the summer.
Volunteering at the PTA Book Fair was always a joy since that meant getting to spend time talking with Micki. She always had a great recommendation for something fun to read during the "down time" of my shift. Mrs. Nevett was an amazing person and will be greatly missed but always fondly remembered.
Carla Sofka
December 19, 2007
Micki was such a wonderful woman and a great person to be a school librarian with (she brought a certain "umph" to our very small district group.) Her love for children's literature was nothing less than inspiring. It seemed that she knew everything that there was to know about every children's book out there - and was always willing to share that knowledge at any given moment.
To this day I can’t say a particular author’s name without telling the story:
One day I placed a call to the Westmere school library and she cheerfully answered, "Good morning, this is Micki Nevett, how may I help you?" I asked, “Micki, how do say...” and before I finished my question and without any pause she replied, “Scieszka rhymes with Fresca.” I was so amazed, I was literally speechless. Knowing that she could sense my shock, I asked, "How did you know I was going to ask that?" and I listened to her wonderful laugh as she hung up the phone.
I will truly miss her. My deepest sympathy goes to her family.
Kim Harmon
December 19, 2007
I met Micki at the Guilderland district "Boot Camp" in the summer of 1996. She was so warm and welcoming and we had a wonderful time together during the workshops. Since then we always made it a point to meet and greet each other on our first day back. Althogh we were not able to spend much time together during the school year, Micki always made me feel like a friend. She was one of the sweetest and warmest women I have met. I think of her and I think of sunshine filling the room when ever she entered it. I loved her giggle and smile and will miss her wonderful spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Chris Van Oort
December 19, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Frank Chaffee
December 19, 2007
Like others, I am still in shock about Micki’s untimely passing and wish that I could be with all of you today to honor and celebrate her life. My memories of Micki are wonderful and so special. We were fast friends the first time we met on the SUNY Albany campus our freshman year. I cherish the joy she brought to my life – three weeks traveling through California as twenty-somethings, sharing holiday celebrations, holding April as an infant, the privilege of having her as my matron of honor at my wedding, the huge box of children books she sent me when Emily was born, and her sage advice over the years. Though our communication was limited the last few years, I always considered her a special friend. Carl, Emily and I share in your grief and our prayers are with you in this difficult time. Our love to David, April, Evelyn, Wendy, and Jon. Micki will always shine down from heaven as a special angel to watch over you.
Suzanne Jacobs Fusco
December 19, 2007
Dear David and Family,

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. I know god will provide you with the strength you need to get through this most difficult time.

If I can be of service in any way please do not hesitate to give me a call.
John Bishop
December 19, 2007
It is hard to imagine walking into the Westmere school library and not having Micki greet you with a big smile and her wonderful laugh. I feel so blessed to have the memories of her warmth, love and humor to carry with me always. Every day when I read with my class, as well as my 2-year old daughter, I will think of Micki and her profound love for books and children. God Bless You, Micki.
Amy McFarren
December 19, 2007
I cannot imagine a world without Micki’s infectious laugh. Her love of books and literature was only surpassed by her love of life and the people around her. Joy was not something she could ever contain – lucky for us she loved to share it. I met Micki through her active participation in the NY Library Association’s Youth Services Section. Micki was willing to do anything and everything to instill in others her passion for reading. She touched so many lives as a peer, a mentor, a teacher, an advocate, and a friend. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to her widespread family at her school and throughout the library world, but most especially to her husband and daughter. She will be missed.
Mary Ferris
December 18, 2007
Dave,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Best regards,
Albany County RACES/ACES members
Kathy Casey, President ACES
Kathy Casey
December 18, 2007
We were deeply saddened to learn of micki's passing. our deepest sympathy go to the family.

Best regards,
Frank & Kathy Casey
Frank Casey
December 18, 2007
I first met Micki last year when I started working at Westmere Elementary. From this first conversation, I quickly learned how knowledgeable and genuine she was. Micki and I often met in the morning while I was trying to find the perfect book for my class. She would enter the library and instantly find exactly what I was looking for. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Micki and to work with her. I will miss our morning conversations and the little jokes she would tell me. April, your mom always had such wonderful things to say about you. She told me of the many times she would go down to the city to see you. You could easily tell just how much she enjoyed these visits. Your mother was a wonderful person and I will think of her fondly. With sympathy.
Jennifer Sala
December 18, 2007
Whenever I read a great book I always wonder what Micki would think. Micki opened the door to the wonders contained in books for so many children and adults and she always knew the perfect book for every occasion. I will always remember Micki's contagious passion for literature.
Corrine Benn
December 18, 2007
I remember meeting Micki when I first started at Westmere in 2001. Her smiling face and great sense of humor drew me to her right away. She wasn't just our librarian, she was a great person and a great friend. I loved visiting her on my trips to the front office. She always waved on my way by and we would chat about what was going on in our lives. She has fostered a love of reading in my students as well as myself. It is hard to believe that she will no longer be there to share our silly jokes about ham, or to vent with over issues. Micki you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family Micki. You will always hold a place in my heart.
Katie Garrity
December 18, 2007
I can remember first meeting Micki, over 7 years ago, at her famous first day of school "new book talk", where she would always passionately talk in amazing detail about each and every new book that had come into the library for that school year. I mean I love books and all, but I was always astonished to see just how enthusiastic she could be. That day, as well as many other days that followed, she commented on the colors of my outfit. Never missing a detail or opportunity to say a nice word. I don't think there is anyone in this world who was more dedicated to her work than Micki. As my students put it; "She was always so happy and even happier when she was showing us a new book she liked". I will always admire her passion for books, children and life. Walking past the library today, I could see Micki wave to me from her rolling chair, behind her check-out counter, next to her computer. She will always live in my heart, the heart of my students and the heart of Westmere.
Amy Martin
December 18, 2007
I am but one of a multitude touched by Micki's passionate enthusiasm for literature, life and people. Her gift was immeasurable. Wishing her spirit and her family peace.
Neil Rice
December 18, 2007
What an enormous loss to the library community. I met Micki when I first moved to New York nearly 20 years ago - and since then, have always compared notes with her about our darling daughters. She positively glowed whenever she talked about April. Micki exemplified the best that children's librarianship is all about. She will be much missed.
Rachel Baum
December 18, 2007
Ms. Nevitt has been a part of my children's lives since the beginning, kindergarten at Westmere. She not only inspired my children with her love of books, but she inspired me. I had the privelege of taking her Caldecott class last year for professional development. I was inspired to bring the knowledge and passion about picture books, that Mrs. Nevitt shared with me, to my students and collegues. My family is very sad by the loss of a great teacher, person, and mentor. My deepest condolences to her family.
Carey Fusco
December 18, 2007
Micki was always on the look out for children's books about Deaf culture and books with Deaf characters. When she found such a book she would always be excited and share it with me so I could share it with my class of Deaf and Hard of hearing students. I wish I knew her longer. She was a thoughtful and caring person and she will be missed.
Joan Brucker
December 18, 2007
Our deeply heartfelt and best thoughts go out to David and April. It is hard to imagine the world of children and books and good humour without Micki in it.
Ann Gainer and Sara, Avi and Stephan Haimowitz
Ann Gainer
December 18, 2007
I am so sad that such a bright light has gone out so soon. Working with Micki in the same school district was inspirational. She shared enthusiasm for life, and her passion for Childrens' Literature, and we were enriched by both. I wish to express my sincere sympathy and prayers to Micki's family.
Cassie Paupst
December 18, 2007
To Micki's Family-
As a teacher at Westmere, I've known Micki since I was hired in 2000. I will never forget her bubbly personality and love of books! As I told my class today about her passing, there were many tears. As we processed together, these tears quickly turned to happy thoughts of "our librarian" and friend. One of my students said, "She was always SO happy!" Micki will forever be remembered at WES! We miss you!
Meghan DiMartino
December 18, 2007
As a new teacher at Westmere Elementary this year, I received a warm welcome from Micki. Though I sadly did not get the chance to know her better, I will always remember her loving, accepting demeanor and her caring ways with both students and staff.
Kathy Smigen
December 18, 2007
Micki was part of my library life for over 20 years and she was without a doubt the most enthusiastic book lover I have ever met. Her intelligence and humor was such a winning combination, you just couldn't help being impressed with her personality. This is a shocking loss to our local community and the larger world of children's literature. My sincere condolences to Micki's family.
Serena Butch
(Schenectady County Public Library)
Serena Butch
December 18, 2007
Ms Nevett,
She was a wonderful lady with a smile on her face all the time. Funny enough we always met in the westmere library or the hallways and our conversations were about shoes plus the newest children's books.She will be greatly missed. April your mother was very proud of you. Have a smile on your face for her.
Buji Buji
December 18, 2007
April & Dave,

I am so sorry for you loss and I can't imagine the pain you feel right now. I want you to know that your in my thoughts. Micki was my librarian through out elementary school and April was a close friend through both our elementary and middle school years. But as time seems to do, we grew apart but I will never forget all those great times we had together. I wish I could be there to see you and give you a hug.
To Micki- I will never forget library time and Strega Nona!!!
You will be greatly missed Ms Nevett and I feel for those who will never get the experience you wonderful skills
April (my fellow spice girl) do be a stranger!!
From Nicole (Baby Spice)
Nicole Cicardi
December 18, 2007
Dear David and April,
I still can't believe that Micki, someone so full of life, is no longer living. Micki and I have shared books and students for many years. After school, a spontaneous display of Westmere children's love and sorrow at the loss of their most wonderful librarian evolved on the back shelf of the long red bench in front of the library.

First, a few cards and bookmarks to your family appeared, then some xeroxed letters, then the poster of Micki holding her favorite book with the word READ emblazoned over her smiling(of course!) face.

Teachers stood there, reading and sharing, crying and not believing. We were struck by the stories the children told. It was clear that Micki knew them all, loved them all, and helped them all to love books. What a priceless gift we have had with her in our midst. How sorely she will be missed.
Chris van Alstyne
December 18, 2007
I have known Micki for the past 9 years of being at Westmere Elementary. It is unimaginable the feeling I will share with many walking down that hallway missing her friendly wave and smile from that librarian's desk. I feel so blest to have had the opportunity to meet and work with such an incredible human being. Micki has touched so many hearts in so many different ways. I will always remember her welcoming me into the "50's" club with a Red Hat Pin and kind words of being with great company. My thoughts and prayers are with David and April whom Micki spoke so highly of. As the healing process begins, I will always remember Micki with a smile on her face and warmth in her heart. I have lost a dear friend.
Deb LaPietro
December 18, 2007
I am one of the many teachers at Westmere who today had to share the tragic news of Micki's passing with my students. There were tears, laughs, hugs, and smiles. The kids had such amazing things to say about magnificent Ms. Nevett.
"She is literally famous!"
"I remember she told me she was 100 years old for 4 years in a row."
"We could never use the word (can't)"
"She dreamed of being a singer when she was little."
"She was the Queen of the Library."
"She always knew the most perfect book to read."
"I loved when she would leave little post-it notes on a book she picked just for me."
"Ms. Nevett can never be replaced."
The last one says it all. We'll miss you so much!
Tracy Martone
December 18, 2007
I had the occasion to meet Micki for the first time this Fall when she resided over her first Beth Emeth Religious School Education Committee meeting in her new capacity as Chair. I knew in an instant that she was a powerhouse who could offer strength, encouragement, wisdom and good humor. I've read through several of the messages in the guest book and feel deeply deprived by not having met her sooner as well as not having more time to work with her in the future. May her family know that those of us outside of her professional circle have also been touched and will miss her.
Sue Katz
December 18, 2007
Micki has been one of my dearest online friends for years, sharing our love of both children's literature and Buffy the Vampire Slayer! (She was a woman of excellent, and broad tastes!) In 2004 she and David opened her home to me in the days before we drove together to Children's Lit New England, and that time is a treasured memory.

Mick was warm, loving and supportive, passionate and wise and such good fun. I am heartbroken at her loss and I can only imagine how David and April must be feeling--and Micki's school community.

I find it hard to believe that her wonderful, informed and witty emails won't appear in my intray any more. Even from so far away, Micki is deeply missed.
Judith Ridge
December 18, 2007
Dear David & April, We are so saddened by the untimely passing of Micki. I remember the last time I subbed at Westmere and the wonderful chat we had. I was able to catch up on all of April's activities and we reminsced about middle school days and Select Choir. What a wonderful legacy Micki has left all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Sincerely, Diane & Roger Kingsland
Diane Kingsland
December 18, 2007
I met Micki as an undergraduate at SUNY Albany back in 1973. We were part of Indian Quad Board together. While I never knew her in her later years, I will always remember her boundless energy and enthusiasm. My condolences go out to her family and close friends.
Michael Meyer
December 18, 2007
My condolences to the Nevitt family.
I met Micki almost a year ago as we began our journey on the Newbery Committee. Her welcoming smile and warm personality made me immediately at ease. Her knowledge of children's literature has become so evident in these past months and she will definitely be missed as we complete our tasks. Please know that she made an impact on many lives and through them she will live on. Peace be with all of you.
Tami Chumbley Finley
December 18, 2007
I'm feeling so stunned at the loss of Micki, that I can't imagine how devasting this must be for her immediate family. I was a member of her adbooks, childlit, and Newbery family, and I am feeling like there is a hole in my world and so much sorrow in my heart, and yet we were mostly email and listserv acquaintances until this year. Please know that many hearts are with yours today even if we are miles away. If there were any way I could help, I would jump at the chance. Carol
Carol Edwards
December 18, 2007
Micki was of inestimable value to the world of children's literature. I remember so many wonderful Bookdates evenings listening to her talk about books. She had a lot to say and all of it was interesting! And just last May, Micki shared some memories about a former Bethlehem and NYS children's librarian, Barb Will, who died suddenly. I was able to pass them on to Barb's mother in Oneonta, who was so very grateful to Micki.
Jendy Murphy
December 18, 2007
What sad news to hear about my dear friend Micki. When Micki left the Bethlehem Public Library, I got the job. It was big shoes to fill even at the beginning of her career over 27 years ago. Since then, we have always participated in library events together, and I was always happy to see her once more. Last year, she was my teacher for the Caldecott Course at Westmere. I learned so much even though I've been a librarian longer.
Her recommendations and advice were always positive and enlightened. Monday night, I wrote a note to myself to call her about her thoughts on the next Caldecott Award. I regret the fact that I hadn't yet seen her this year. It's very hard to think of this library comunity without her laughter and positive energy in everthing she did. I hope her family with take solice in knowing what a wonderful impact her life made on all those who knew her. Goodbye, my friend.
Iris Bartkowski
December 18, 2007
Micki was a kind, dear and generous spirit. My deepest sympathy to David and April. I feel very lucky to have been touched by her magic wand.
Joyce Laiosa
December 18, 2007
“Bookwoman” read her license plate,
She was that and so much more.
Her enthusiasm for books and our profession
Combined with her caring interest in people
Made for an unbeatable combination.
Micki’s reach was wide
Micki’s voice was heard
Micki’s warmth was felt
Micki’s humour was shared
By all who were fortunate to know her,
And touched even those she never met in person.
From the Land of the Wild things to the Land of Oz,
She enjoyed the full range of what life and literature offered
And shared it with all of us – her colleagues, her family,
Her library students, her school, and, always, the children.
We knew our luck, but never imagined to lose her so soon.
Now there is space on the shelf that can not be filled,
A rare book no longer in print.

(An friend and elementary librarian in Micki's district.)
Lisa Lehman
December 18, 2007
To Micki's family: I met Micki several times at various conferences, and was privileged to have some real conversation with her at the Children's Literature New England conference a few years ago. She was one of the most down-to-earth people I have ever met: warm and straightforward and funny and both knowledgeble and genuinely passionate about books for young people, which as an author I deeply appreciated.

At one point during the conference we showed up for the day both wearing the exact same blouse, and congratulated each other on our exquisite taste. That now becomes a special memory for me. I did not know Micki well, but I do know that the field of children's literature is the poorer for her passing.

I am so sorry for your loss.
Linda Sue Park
December 18, 2007
Dear David and April, We were shocked and so sorry to hear about Micki, I still just can't believe I'll never see her smiling face again. She may have been vertically challenged (like so many of us) but what a powerful woman she was. Our kids still remember her bringing children's books so many years ago when she was in school, and we still have photos in our albums of April as a little girl. So sad, so sorry.
Sally and David Goodall
December 18, 2007
I am so saddened to hear of Micki's sudden passing. Micki had an amazing spirit and such a great sense of humor! She was one of my mentors in library school - I interned with Micki at Westmere Elementary a few years back. She also was one of my professors at SUNY Albany. I have seen her at several library events in the past year and could always hear her infectious giggle a mile away. She will be sorely missed. Please accept my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Kristen Majkut
December 18, 2007
I cannot express the shock and overwhelming sadness I feel for both Micki's family at home as well as her family at Westmere Elementary. My daughter and I have become very fond of her over the past couple years at Westmere, and walking by that long glass window in the main corridor along the library wall will not be the same without seeing her smiling face and her outstretched arm waving hello as we walk by. What a loss to all of us that she has been taken from us so soon. We will miss you always Micki!
Dave, Patty and Jessica (Miss Shortgirl) Tallman
December 18, 2007
Micki was an energetic, enthusiastic elementary librarian. She was the kind of librarian all classroom teachers should work with. We will all miss her very much.
Jeni Friedland
December 18, 2007
As I remember Micki the word that will come to mind is "joyful". She was just such a sweetheart. God's blessing on your hearts as you mourn the passing of this delightful girl.
Dawn Lamphere
December 18, 2007
I am saddened by this news. Micki was a kind and generous friend. I always looked forward to hearing what she thought of a new book, a new author or that review in last week's times. My sympathy to her family, friends and the library community. Lisa Von Drasek
Lisa Von Drasek
December 18, 2007
I knew Micki as a friend and colleague at the American Library Association conferences. This year, I've been priveleged to chair the Newbery Committee that she served on. Her work this year has been so important. We will miss her warmth and humor and keen insight at our final meetings; but she will always be a part of this year's Newbery award.
Nina Lindsay
December 18, 2007
Dear David and April
We are so saddened by this terrible tragedy. Over the years we enjoyed Micki's book reviews greatly and her inspirational guidance into the wonderful world of literature.
Our heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Barry and Naomi Reiss
December 18, 2007
Micki,
Your contributions to children's literature and all those you touched will not be forgotten.
Eric Luper
December 18, 2007
Micki and I shared a passion for picture books and theatre and worked together for 12 years at Westmere Elementary School. I spent a lot of time with Micki in the last two weeks on projects for school and leading a retreat for teachers about the Caldecott Medal. I can't imagine how the hole she has left will ever be filled. I miss her dearly and pray for David and April to eventually find peace. Knowing that her favorite picture book was Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," I can imagine that she is having a "wild rumpus...where the wild things are..."
Robert Whiteman
December 18, 2007
My heart goes out to her daughter, April, and the rest of her family.
Micki and I met while waiting for our daughters at nursery school. She
has always been a positive and energetic spirit.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Sharon Siegel
December 18, 2007
Dear David and April,

There are no words to express our sorrow and shock. I worked with Micki at Westmere and my children remember when Micki made latkes for Hanukkah. Being 1/2 Jewish, they thought it was so cool that part of their heritage was being honored in such a fun and special way at school. We still use the recipe she gave them. She was so proud of you, April, and whenever we ran into each other around town, she'd be so excited about all of your accomplishments and travels. She was an amazing woman, educator, wife and mother and touched so many lives throughout her carrer. We hope all of your wonderful memories and the stories shared by others help you through this difficult time.
Debbie, Eric, Ryan and Lauren Baum
December 18, 2007
Mikki was a daily inspiration to the students at Westmere. Her devotion to the children and literature were amazing. She gently guided the students both with compassion and intellect. Every student and parent who was fortunate enough to know Mikki will remember her fondly and miss her presence dearly.
Renee Panetta
December 18, 2007
I write with much sadness and deepest sympathy, from a fellow elementary school librarian. Micki was friendly and knowledgeable and kind. She generously shared her creativity and expertise. She will be GREATLY missed.
Alison Cuyler
December 18, 2007
I first met Micki at the Spring Into Books conference, in the spring of 2005. I was very pregnant, and very nervous about attending my first conference as a librarian. Micki was amazingly friendly and took me under her wing. Since that time, we have communicated via e-mail and on the listservs to which we both belonged. I have always valued her opinions on children's and YA literature, but, more than that, I looked forward to finding her smiling face at the next conference. My husband and son were lucky enough to meet Micki this fall when we "bumped into" her during a shopping trip to the outlets. I can't help but think it was kismet... One last chance to talk, and a way for my family to meet this amazing woman before it was too late. I miss you already, Micki.
Chrissie Morrison
December 18, 2007
Dear Nevett Family,

I am a new acquaintance of Micki, from the 2008 Newbery Award Committee. I just wanted to offer my condolences to the family and other friends of Micki. I am a huge believer in the power of prayer. I grew up the knowledge "much prayer, much power, little prayer, little power." Know that I will be sending up timber for you at this time of loss. I encourage all of her friends to do likewise so that her family may focus on the wonderful memories of her life and gather strength therewith. ---Barbara Jones Clark, 2008 Newbery Committee Member
Barbara Clark
December 18, 2007
I knew Micki from our joint explorations of children's literature. Most recently, we were serving together on the Newbery Committee. I am saddened beyond measure about her passing. I've posted my memories on my blog at: http://medinger.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/micki-nevett/
Monica Edinger
December 18, 2007
Micki was a dear friend and mentor to me for nearly thirty years. Her passion for children's literature as a founding board member of the Children's Literature Connection, will remain an inspiration to us all. That dedication was only surpassed by her great love for her husband David and their daughter April. Micki will be missed by those MANY of us who loved her.
Candace Deisley
December 18, 2007
Dear Micki,
You left us much too soon. Thanks for all you did to encourage me professionally and personally. You were only here too short a time, but you contributed so much to making the world a better place - especially for children.
Our hearts go out to your family. We will miss you so much.
Love, Anne Simon & Bob Vines
Anne Simon
December 18, 2007
I had Micki as a professor at UAlbany. She was a wonderful teacher and so enthusiastic about her job. She was an inspiring librarian, and I feel I learned a lot from her! She will be greatly missed.
Lindsay Laczak
December 18, 2007
I always called Micki my library-fairy-godmother. She helped me so much in library school and as a friend. I will miss her so much.
Laura Boggs
December 18, 2007
Micki was a very light heart. She always had a smile and nice thing s to say about anyone she new.
she will be a bright star in the sky and will always be there in heart for her family.
she was greatly loved by many.
My prayers are with you during this time of loss.
stephanie
Stephanie Dominy
December 18, 2007