Library Brag!! And a Quick Book Review

I liked my library —  until today. Now I love it. My four-year-old managed to dissipate a library book, Dora’s Costume Party, into thin air. For the past two months we’ve been unable to find it. Every book in the kids’ shelf has been pulled and shaken. Every book in my case has been sifted through. The couch cushions were checked; the toy bins have been dumped … Continue reading Library Brag!! And a Quick Book Review

On Ponies, Plumbers, and a Pissed-Off Librarian

My four-year-old loves books. She can’t read yet, but she loves them. She makes us read them to her, she’ll memorize what we say, then she “reads” it back to us with her own personal spin. I love this. Like many other four-year-old girls, she also loves My Little Pony. She makes us read her My Little Pony books, she’ll memorize what we say (my … Continue reading On Ponies, Plumbers, and a Pissed-Off Librarian

On WAR Stories, or a Guide for Co-Workers

On Friday, December 4, the Women Archivists Roundtable (WAR) hosted a live tweet to discuss family leave, surviving it, and returning from it. Mothers, non-mothers, and a smattering of fathers participated in a conversation that was a virtual version of a lunchtime stitch and bitch — a breast pump and post, if you will. WAR co-chair Leslie Van Veen McRoberts and steering committee member Helen Kim hosted the chat and … Continue reading On WAR Stories, or a Guide for Co-Workers

On Reading in Museums, or Books on Display

Books in museums are usually like this: On display, in a case, glare obscuring certain parts, unable to be explored further than the page the curator chose. Sometimes, though, there are displays that encourage visitors to get a feel for the book. Maybe even add a few lines for other guests to enjoy. Museums that do double duty as research institutions sometimes have conservation labs on exhibit that provide reading materials for … Continue reading On Reading in Museums, or Books on Display

On Kids’ Books I Tolerate, or Reviewing Juvenile Lit

We don’t have a TV. We piggyback off a friend’s Hulu and Netflix accounts for the finest educational and edutainment programming (yeah, Dinosaur Train! Dr. Scott‘s the effing man!), but books are our main form of entertainment (shhhh… Don’t tell the kids about the gaming we do when they’re asleep). There are dozens of kids’ books in our collection. A lot of it is Dr. Seuss … Continue reading On Kids’ Books I Tolerate, or Reviewing Juvenile Lit

On the Allure of the Devil’s Caltrops, or A Visit to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOs. We grew up with them. We like them. We love them. One look at a pile of bricks and the itch to stack and build hits most of us instantaneously. As we grow up, they morph from a toy into a medium of stress relief, connection, and artistic expression. But step on a stud or single brick ONCE and you’ll experience a pain that will sear itself … Continue reading On the Allure of the Devil’s Caltrops, or A Visit to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center

On the Crayola Experience, or Welcome to Kiddie Thunderdome

I am not joking. The path to the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA, is lined with crayons. The commitment to the bit really is to be commended. It is a brilliant marketing extravaganza. Here they literally attempt to bombard you with their product. The orange and blue crayons on the right, in the picture below, aren’t sneaking in. They’re breaking out for a cig break because too many people … Continue reading On the Crayola Experience, or Welcome to Kiddie Thunderdome

On New Things, or Why Nothing Beats Star Wars

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.” My in-laws gave my kids a new train set (in the back ground) for New Years. The kids spent a few seconds with the train, looked at the box it came in, screamed “DEATH STAR!!!!”, then proceeded to grab their Legos and recreate the dog-fight scene at the end of Star Wars. The first one. The real … Continue reading On New Things, or Why Nothing Beats Star Wars

On the Sounds of Nothing, or Why I No Longer Hate Seinfeld

My husband is putting the kids to bed tonight. It’s my night off, a New Year’s gift of calm, rest, and relaxation. A night off. Many parents don’t get this luxury. I am savoring it with the coffee my Reddit Secret Santa sent me. I’m with my kids every minute of every day, but tonight I’m spending New Year’s Eve on my own. Bliss. The … Continue reading On the Sounds of Nothing, or Why I No Longer Hate Seinfeld

On Legos, or How an Archivist Mom Organizes Toys

My kids have Legos. Tons of Legos. And, like most kids’ Legos, they’re everywhere. It’s really hard to find the pieces they need when inspiration strikes and everything is in a giant vat (or vats) containing a jillion bricks. This is where being an archivist comes in handy. Because I can’t just put bricks in one bucket and mini-figs in another. No. I need to organize that … Continue reading On Legos, or How an Archivist Mom Organizes Toys