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.

15 Picture Books for Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 is Latinx Heritage Month, also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, a period to formally recognize the contributions and influence of Latinx peoples to the history, culture, and achievements...
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Un-put-down-able Books To Read During Quarantine (That You Haven’t Already Heard About)

With so many events and plans canceled, even those of us continuing to work outside the home likely have extra time on our hands. At the same moment, it may prove difficult to focus...

Hiking With Kids: Favorite Destinations Off the Beaten Path Near Iowa City and Beyond

Like many of you, I'm currently isolated at home with my kids. All day, every day. With many things canceled and places closed, outdoor recreation remains one of the only diversions available to us....
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Three Ridiculously Easy Vegetarian Recipes for the Truly Lazy Cook

I don't enjoy cooking. I mean, I really don't enjoy cooking. That's how you know these recipes are truly very easy. They take awhile in the oven — that's the only thing to keep...

Free to Read: How to Access Public Library Resources from Home in the Corridor

Running out of things to do at home? Wishing you had a good book to read, now that you've got the time for it? Kids need new books to keep their reading skills sharp...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month with Kids: A Feminist Booklist for All Ages

March is Women's History Month, an annual recognition of the contributions of women to American History. But anytime is a good time to introduce your children to some groundbreaking ladies throughout history. Equality begins...

Stop the Spread of Fake News: No One is Sex Trafficking You at Target

Please stop sharing social media posts about stranger abduction for sex trafficking from public places. These posts are not true. They are urban legends designed to stir up fear while at the same time...

Visit the Old World Christmas Market!

Ready to get into the holiday spirit, that good old-fashioned way? Check out the Old World Christmas market at Cedar Rapids' Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on December 7 and 8! Christmas markets (Vánoční...

In Praise of Money: My Family Finance Story

I never thought I’d be a person who had money, and I accepted that. “Scraping by” was what my family did growing up, and when I got married and had kids, my own new...

Try This Fun Fall Party Idea: Host a Soup Swap!

Last weekend I attended a VERY FUN party at the home of my friend Lindsey Litton. It was the perfect kickoff to fall and a boon to someone like me who loves to eat...