She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.

Next week commences the GIF IT UP contest for the Digital Public Library of America, in association with Europeana and Trove. As a part of that, we will be joining @todaysdocument for a webinar on GIF making tomorrow, Wednesday September 28, 2016.

Image source: Aid to the identification of insects, edited by Charles Owen Waterhouse published in London by E.W. Janson from 1880-90.


Feminism is awesome and the latest addition to the Archie McPhee Library is Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy [Buy on Amazon], a brand new book by Bonnie Burton, one of our favorite awesome people (previously featured here).

The book contains 25 thoughtful yet cheeky craft projects that celebrate womanhood and feminism with sassy flair. From DIY Power Panties, feminist hero finger puppets (such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Frida Kahlo), and planters made of high heel shoes to the Nope Necklace (“which you can point to whenever someone tells you to smile.”), the “Pizza Not Patriarchy” resuable lunch bag, and this irresistible Huggable Uerus Body Pillow:

“…as an adult, I find myself wanting to create craft projects that celebrate groundbreaking women who inspire today’s feminists to keep fighting the good fight. I also like making crafts that get people talking, and I guarantee the crafts in this book are both thought-provoking and giggle-inducing depending on who buys it. I want people to have fun with these crafts and realise that feminism can mean many different things to all kinds of people.”

Click here to pre-order Crafting with Feminism, which come out on October 18, 2016.

[via Bonnie Burton and The Huffington Post UK@bonniegrrl


Hemmelig Rom (Secret Room in Norwegian) is a guesthouse and library by Smith Design Office and Studio Padron. This minimal room was built from over 12,000lbs of red oak milled from the surrounding property and contains 2,500 books on its bold, rustic shelves.

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Banned Books Week 2016

It’s Banned Books Week again (September 25-October 1, 2016), and the American Library Association has put together a great toolkit of resources for librarians, including the excellent poster seen here.  This year’s theme calls attention to the disproportionate number of diverse titles that are banned or challenged, a topic that is especially important to me because of my multiracial family.  I hope you’ll join me in fighting the good fight against censorship, and not just during this week!

There is no better feeling than being tucked in bed reading Thomas Hardy…