Anne

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Anne is a kinda crunchy, kinda unapologetically corner-cutting mom who has lived in Iowa City since 2004. She is a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa and works in the Children's Services department at the Iowa City Public Library. Before going back to school, she was a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters for several years, and took her children to the library multiple times a week. Basically, she has lived at the library for about a decade. Which is fine, because her biggest passion in life is books. When not reading, Anne also enjoys hiking, low-budget road-tripping, and drinking craft beer on a patio.

White Parents Talking to White Kids About Race: A Recommended Reading List

Race matters. And if you are a white parent who wants to raise race-conscious white children with an understanding of how race impacts lived experience in real, concrete ways, you need to talk to...
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Iowa City Area Pools and Splash Pads

It's hot, it's sunny, your kids are restless...IT'S TIME TO MAKE A SPLASH! The Iowa City area has some great pools and splash pads where you can cool off, but each has its own pros...

How to Throw Your Daughter a Period Party

If you're an adult biological female, chances are you vividly remember getting your period for the first time. I was twelve years old when it happened–I hid it, deeply embarrassed, for a couple days...

I Quit Wearing Makeup and Nobody Seemed to Notice

I have worn makeup for the last twenty-two years. I started at age fourteen with a whole array of products–foundation, concealer, pressed powder, eyeshadow, blush, an eyelash curler, mascara. Beauty "tips and tricks" from...

Library Storytimes In and Around Iowa City

If you’re new to the area, I humbly suggest you locate the library first. Because once you’ve found the library, you have a gateway to everything else–not only books for the whole family, but...

10 Best Iowa City-Area Sledding Hills

Now that the ground is finally covered in a layer of wintry white, it's time to make childhood memories by bundling up and hitting the sledding slopes. Read on for the skinny on the...

16 Cozy Winter Picture Book Read-Alouds

Winter is a great time to snuggle up indoors with a stack of books and a warm mug of hot chocolate as the snow falls gently past the window (or just covers your car...

Why I Go to Church (Even Though I’m a Skeptic)

Every Sunday, I wake early. I rouse my (often complaining) children, groom them as little as I think I can get away with and still be socially acceptable, and take us to church. My...

The Lazy Homeowner’s Guide to Painting + Infographic

Until recently, I had never painted a wall in my life. I was both completely clueless and totally intimidated. Finally, after Googling "how to paint a wall," I spent a month painting every room...

But It’s the “Good” Cancer!: That Time I Had a Thyroid Tumor

I was so healthy I hadn’t even been to the doctor in ten years. I hadn't had so much as a cold since the Clinton administration! But my new health insurance was forcing me...