Sneak Peek: Victorian Tea

ladies of the manorVery shortly, my library will be hosting a Victorian Tea program. It will be a combination historical lecture/tea party/stand-up comedy for kids ages 10 & up. You’ve been getting little hints of the program here and here on Instagram, but I thought it was time for a sneak peek at the costumes!

annaFirst up is Anna, who is a sophomore at Princeton University. She gamely stepped up to play our maid. Just in case you think we were being snobby and excluding Anna from the group shot that started this post – take heart! Anna’s photo shoot was in the afternoon, when she arrived for her library shift. The rest of the ladies were photographed in the morning. No Victorian class system at work here, no sir.

joaniThis is Joani, a junior at Princeton University. You might remember her from some previous posts (here she is as a flower, and here as a phoenix wrangler). Joani will be singing some period songs after the tea party concludes and we proceed to the parlor for games and entertainment.

marissaOur very own Miss Marissa will be keeping it real in scores of lace. Have you ever seen someone rock a straw hat so well? No, I think not.

dr danaFinally, there’s me. I’ll be playing the matron of the house. Which means I needed a really, really, really big hat. There’s actually an interesting story to the hat. It was designed by Rodney Gordon, who did all the hats for the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford.

greatgatsby74-daisywhitehatImage originally resides on Frock Flicks

To make an even further connection, F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was a student at Princeton University (class of 1917). The Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections Manuscripts Division has his papers, including Fitzgerald’s working files on The Great Gatsby, and his personal annotated copy of the first edition of the book.

We would like to express our extreme gratitude to Cindy Thom and the ladies at McCarter Theater’s Costume Shop for locating and lending us these most excellent threads. Many, many thanks!

Hellooooo 2016!

hello 2016We’re ringing in the New Year with motorcycles jumping through flaming hoops! Oh yeah! Well…they’re construction paper flames. But still AWESOME. Yeah! Many thanks to Marissa for crafting the blog set.

Before we boldly leap into 2016, thought I’d take a stroll through the past year, beginning with this New Year’s post on conductive thread (your flannel boards will never be the same!). My favorite story times from 2015? The racing snails, the sushi restaurant, the show jumping course, the typewriter, the royal pizza, and for sheer calmness and beauty, the city of light. There was much laughter and yelling when our kid tester put this kit through its paces. And you guys really, really liked the lipogram fortunes.

In 2015 the BiblioFiles, our author interview webcast, expanded into a  a podcast!  My guests this year were Martin Kratt, Lissa Evans, and S.E. Hinton. There were also blog interviews, including the Biblioburro and the talented creators of Cozy Classics and Epic Yarns. Pop Goes the Page also launched an Instagram page, where we’ve been tracking Katie’s adventures around Europe (just scroll down this post and keep an eye on the right-hand column for the widget). There’s a new photo up today in fact. Bonjour Katie!

Finally, my favorite blog image from 2015. The pig marching band that Marissa crafted for this story time post. The clarinet! The big drum! The hats! Perfection.

pig marching bandHappy New Year everyone! Here’s to 2016!

A Fuse #8 Interview

fuse 8 setToday, I’m over on A Fuse #8 Production, a School Library Journal blog helmed by the amazing Betsy Bird! That’s her in the red dress, perched on a vintage Barbie Dream House chair. Alas, I didn’t have time to craft a house band, but Betsy assures me that if I did, they would be Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

Follow this link to the interview

Betsy has appeared on this blog as well! In 2014, I interviewed her about what it’s like to write and publish your first picture book. And, if you’d like to see the monstrously fun project I designed for her book, Giant Dance Party, twirl over here.