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A librarian did that? A librarian??

November 19, 2008

Here’s an example of my maternal instinct trumping my librarian instinct.  Today Patrick and I went to our local branch library to get some books for him.  He was in a bit of a bad mood, so I quickly picked out a stack of kids’ books and checked them out.  I then stacked them on top of the trunk of my car while buckling my fussy boy into his car seat.  I put the books in the backseat, and we were off.

When we got home, I was astonished to see that one book, Eats, was still sitting on top of the trunk!  In my distracted rush to get Patrick home, I had completely overlooked it, but it stayed in place for a car ride of nearly two miles.  As Micah said, the library fairies were looking out for us today.


Incidentally, as you can see, Eats was a big hit.


Book shower revisited

September 2, 2008

In addition to all the wonderful books B3 got from my colleagues, we got a very generous Barnes & Noble gift card.  I had a great time spending it!  Here are the books I picked:

  • Elmer and Friends by David McKee
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • People by Peter Spier
  • Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • Adventures of Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Baby’s First Lullabies
  • Baby’s Book of Rhymes

These are mostly books I remember fondly from my childhood, and we’ll be getting more when my mom comes down from Minnesota for B3’s arrival.  I’m particularly looking forward to handing on to our child the set of Beatrix Potter books my grandmother gave my mom to celebrate my birth and to re-reading The Great Jelly of London, a truly weird story I loved as a kid.

Books & Bagels Baby Shower

August 23, 2008

I am really not a baby shower person, but here’s an idea that makes such parties not only palatable but downright fabulous: just ask for books! 

This morning my colleagues gave me a delightful “Books & Bagels” shower.  B3 came away with a wonderful collection for his library, and I love knowing that people picked books they enjoyed as children (or, as one friend remarked about the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day, have continued to appreciate well into adulthood).  I think everyone had fun sharing stories about their favorite children’s books, and I was glad all these academic librarians got some practice in a very different kind of collection development.  If we end up with more expectant moms at the library in the future, I know I’ll get a kick out of choosing books for their babies (even if they decide they’d prefer more traditional showers).

Thanks to everyone who participated in this memorable event.  It really meant a lot to me, and I know Micah, the kiddo, and I will treasure all these books for many years.

Not-so-cool Aloe

July 21, 2008

Ever since we bought our house over a year ago, we’ve been wanting to repaint the room that will become B3’s nursery.  It was used by the toddler of the family who owned the house before us, and the walls were a headache-inducing shade of yellow called “Tigger’s Tummy” (the leftover paint was in the garage).  We decided we’d prefer the room to be a pleasant, soothing shade of green–and what could be more pleasant and soothing than a shade called “Cool Aloe,” right?


Wrong.  The walls are now the green equivalent of Tigger’s Tummy.

We’ve picked out another color, this one called “Prairie Willow,” and we’re hoping there’ll be time to paint again before B3 arrives.  We’ve also pretty much decided on a kind of theme for the room, which will be children’s books.  We’ve found a few great sources for posters, and we were given a fabulous gift of a cabinet hand-painted with characters from Tasha Tudor’s Corgiville Fair.  (The friend who painted it asked what our favorite children’s book was, and that was my response.  Micah chose St. Augustine’s Confessions.)  Suggestions for other ways to incorporate the theme–besides the presence of actual books, which is a given–are welcome!

You don’t know B3’s name…

June 30, 2008

…but children’s book author Wednesday Kirwan does!

ALA is always a great place to buy books, and I picked up a copy of Minerva the Monster, a charming tale about a dog who pretends to be a monster but discovers monsters miss out on a lot of fun.  Ms. Kirwin was at the publisher’s booth, autographing her books, and I had one inscribed to B3–using his real name!

Oddly, this made the whole idea of having a kid seem more real than almost anything else I’ve done since learning I was pregnant.  It somehow brought home to me that B3 will be a real person, with his own personality, interests, likes, and dislikes.  This is so cool!