Balancing & Blogging

blogging and balancingEvery spring, as the academic year winds down here at Princeton University, I take a look at my own programming year. I assess its scope, its workload, and then I balance and tweak if necessary. And that is how, after much debate, I decided that Pop Goes the Page will now post just once a week, and that day shall be Tuesday, in the morning.

That is not to say that there will not be a Friday post from time to time! Whenever a new author interview premieres on the Bibliofiles (and new one is coming up in May!) or an interesting tidbit or announcement come up, I’ll send out a Friday post. If you’re worried you might miss one, please consider adding yourself to the subscriber list.

Having published close to 175 posts, I thought it would be interesting to see which ones have been the most popular. Here are the top 5, in ranking order…

  1. Magical Miniatures
  2. Mythomagic
  3. Beware of Squirrel
  4. Fly You High
  5. Everyone’s an Engineer

Our reining pin on Pinterest? Fair Trade. It’s been added to classroom boards, Wild West boards, historical fiction boards, Ox Cart Man boards, home school boards, Early America boards…wow. You go, little covered wagon!

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Tuesday!

Happy Birthday!

birthday postOh my…has it really been a year? It has! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pop Goes the Page! It all started with this post. Then we hit 50 posts. And Monday’s story time project was actually our 100th post! Can I get a woo-wee?

I’m also delighted to announce our birthday contest winner! Preschool teacher Melissa Holt crafted the lovely birthday poster you see above. Not only is it a big pink tissue paper cupcake, it is a big pink tissue paper cupcake with a re-purposed paper bag bottom. I like me some cupcakes, and I like me some recycling.

But wait! There’s more! Sticking out of the red balloon is a little tab that says “Lift.”

lift 1

And the front of the balloon lifts to reveal the words “Happy Birthday!” Super cute!

lift 2The crowning touch, however, is a small arrow tab at the bottom of the cupcake…

candle 1Push the arrow and a flaming birthday candle rises from the top of the cupcake! YES!

candle 2Congrats Melissa and THANK YOU to everyone who sent birthday wishes. Here’s to another year of creative literacy & library love!

1st Birthday Contest!

cakePop Goes the Page turns 1 in August, and we’re celebrating with a birthday contest! Here’s how it works. Send us your artistic birthday well-wishes, and the selected winner will receive a $150 online shopping spree at Discount School Supply!

The birthday wishes can take the form of a card, photo, adorable cupcake, artistic sculpture, song – whatever you desire. Behold, for example, our crafty little cake slice above. But before you take a bite, look closer. It’s actually stacked sponges iced with shaving cream (because nothing says “birthday” like Barbarsol).

Entries for the Pop Goes the Page birthday contest must arrive by Friday, July 25th at 5pm. The winner will be featured in our Friday, August 1st post. Complete contest details are below!

Ze Rules & Regulations

  1. While anyone can send us lovely birthday wishes, this contest only applies to residents of the 48 contiguous United States.
  2. 1 submission per person please.
  3. Open to readers of all ages – be you 9 or 99.
  4. The $150 spree must be spent in the “Arts & Crafts” section of the Discount School Supply’s site/catalog (don’t worry, the section is over 100 pages long).
  5. The spree only applies to in-stock items. Items marked with a truck symbol are not eligible for the spree. The $150 prize cannot be applied towards a larger purchase.
  6. Images that include children must be accompanied by a signed Princeton University photo release form for each child.
  7. Digital entries should be e-mailed to: Please make sure that images are a maximum height/width of 15″ and 72dpi.
  8. Physical entries can be mailed to:
    Princeton University Library
    Attn: Dana Sheridan
    1 Washington Road
    Princeton NJ 08544
  9. If you’re local, please feel free to drop your entry off at the Cotsen Children’s Library.
  10. Entries cannot be returned. We reserve the right to photograph or present the entries however we like (but we’ll make sure they look fabulous).
  11. Entries must arrive by Friday, July 25th at 5pm.
  12. The winning entry will be featured in our Friday, August 1st post.
  13. Please be sure to include a name, address, e-mail and/or phone number so we can contact you!