Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Poets and Lyricists of MCPL

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, this week's Shout Out blog post introduces some of MCPL's own poets and lyricists, as well as sharing a bit of their work.

Eric Carzon, Business Manager

Guitar playingCan you describe your career with MCPL?
I have been MCPL’s Business Manager for the past 11 years. I have been with the County for 19 years. Before joining MCPL, I was a as senior budget analyst and a project manager.

What do you like best about working in libraries?
I enjoy the people:  colleagues, customers, and volunteers.  It’s really surprising the amount of energy, wisdom, hope, humor, and strength of character I encounter every day from these people in the library environment, often in ways I just hadn’t conceived.  Keeps one on their toes.

What's your favorite read?
I suppose it’s Dune and the prequels made by Frank Herbert’s son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson.  But I also like Ender’s Game and its related family of books, and sci fi and fantasy in general.  I also like a variety of non-fiction, but find it hard to finish, so I kind of browse it.  DK “whatever” is a staple.

What else do you want us to know about you?
I am a lifelong Marylander. I have a Master’s degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland at College Park.

What is your songwriting background?
I have been writing songs and performing since the eighth grade. I was the editor of my high school and college literary magazines, and lead singer and guitarist in the groups Soul Dissension and Ishmael. I am currently a member of the Song Writer’s Association of Washington.

One of Eric's Songs:

Dawn and the Child (a Baptismal Song) circa 2002

It is the dawn, as you lay sleeping
All the house is quiet, and you’re safe and warm
And the world, was never so peaceful as at this moment
With you child in my arms

And for your child
I could hold all the Earth
I could fight all the hate and the rage of this world

It is the dawn, every child lay sleeping
They bask in the glow, the warmth, the love of the Son
And for you child, and every soul ever to be born
He gave up his life, to be bring grace and peace to the world

It is the dawn, in my arms you lay sleeping
I thank the Lord for you, this gift of God I behold
And the Lord, he is weeping
Tears of joy, for this moment of peace and love in the world.

Lisa Navidi, Head of Adult Services, Davis Branch

Can you describe your career with MCPL?
I have been with MCPL for 30 years in various branches including the former Bookmobile. I am currently the head of adult services at the Davis branch.

What do you like best about working in libraries?
It's the customers that make working in the libraries the most fun for me. There is literally not a day when I don't learn something new. I  especially love their readers advisory questions and when they return and ask me what I'm reading because they trust my instincts. Davis is the perfect library for this and our mature customers are here for the books.

What are your hobbies?
I am an avid reader and love to recommend books to anyone who will listen! I am also an enthusiastic, if not proficient, bowler.

What are you reading now?
I'm listening to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, something I never thought I'd enjoy...but I do...Elizabeth Bennett fighting off zombies and doing very well thank you.

What is your songwriting connection?
I am a lyricist, along with my co-writer Heather Wright, of parody lyrics to music for many friends and co-workers.

Heather Wright, Librarian II, Children's Services, Olney Branch (and co-lyricist with Lisa Navidi)

Can you describe your career with MCPL?
I have been with MCPL since 1990. I have worked at the Potomac, Quince Orchard and Rockville branches. I am currently the head of children's services at Olney.

What else do you want us to know about you?
I am originally from Wisconsin and worked in marketing and marketing research before I decided to pursue a career in library science.

What do you like best about working in libraries?
What I like best about working in libraries is the opportunity to use my expertise to help people find "just the right book" at "just the right time". It's a way of making someone's life a little bit better.  I also really like making lists of books.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading and crossword puzzles and only very occasional light exercise.

What are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading two books: A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson, which is a sequel to Life after Life (which is one of my favorite books, as it plays with the concept of time and reincarnation), and The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, a children's books along the lines of Harry Potter, in which society forces 13-year-olds who are creative or different in some way to be eliminated.

A Good-bye Song by Lisa Navidi and Heather Wright
Lisa and Heather wrote this song in honor of a co-worker, Suzanne, who worked at Bethesda and Rockville before transferring to our Ask-a-Librarian service.

Goodbye to Our Suzannee (sung to the tune of Oh Suzannah)

She came here from Bethesda and she earned all our respect
And the businessmen they loved her
For she brought “Info Connect”

She answers all the questions with a great deal of details
We go to her with problems and she hardly ever fails

Oh Suzanneee oh don’t you cry for we
You may be leaving Rockville but you’ll pop in virtually

If there’s a time when we don’t know the answer to a quest
Just click on the “Suzanne Icon” and she will do the rest

We’ll miss her style, we miss her face
We’ll miss her yummy treats
If her cakes could all be blogged, we’d make them virtual eats

Suzanne you’ve done so much for us
You’ve run this place for sure
Your calm collected presence has helped us to endure

 Oh Suzanneee oh don’t you cry for we
You may be leaving Rockville but you’ll pop in virtually

So Dear Customer, consider this.  The library worker checking out your books may looked mild mannered, but who knows what storms of creativity surge in their hearts!


  1. What talent you have! Will the song be sung on YouTube?

    1. Thanks Mary Ann, glad you enjoyed the post. As for YouTube, the voices of Eric and Lisa are featured in the the new hit song, Reader's Paradise -