New Year, New Hobbies

It's officially January, which means many of us are thinking about the resolutions we'd like to try during the new year. Unfortunately, new year's resolutions often trend toward the pessimistic or self-critical, such as focusing on changing perceived flaws in our appearances. Instead of dwelling in a negative headspace, try resolving to use this year…
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Gear Up for GeekGirlCon!

GeekGirlCon, an inclusive convention extravaganza that celebrates the female geek, originated in 2010 as a panel at San Diego Comic-Con titled “Geek Girls Exist.” The enthusiasm for this panel led to the creation of GeekGirlCon in 2011. This year, GeekGirlCon takes place in Seattle on September 30 and October 1. From its humble origins, GeekGirlCon…
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Unicorn? Narwhal? Why Not Both!

As I sit here, wearing a shirt festooned with donut-eating narwhals and contemplating the purchase of a truly epic pair of socks, I feel compelled to share with all of you, dear readers, what I'm sure will soon be recognized as the most delightful picture book available in this or any other library system: Not…
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Crafts for Cat Lovers

A year or two ago I decided to make a gift for my cats. I'm aware that cats don't understand the concept of getting presents, but that's never stopped me from showering my kitties with affection in the form of new toys and snacks. For this particular gift, though, I wanted to make something myself…
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ABCs for the Macabre Reader

Alphabet books have long been a staple of library collections, but among the bright, candy-colored stories you'll occasionally find an ABC book that's a little spookier and a bit less kid-friendly. Strange? Perhaps, but there is a peculiar kind of pleasure in seeing the shiny-happy idealism of many kids books turned on its head. While…
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Reimagine Holiday Gift-Giving

The holidays are here and many people are considering what gifts, if any, they should give to friends and family this year. While gift-giving can be fun, it can also cause unnecessary stress, especially when budgetary concerns collide with advertisements that urge us to buy more and more. Instead of giving in and purchasing more…
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