Young girl squatting a heavy barbell at a competition
Neale Stokes, March 03, 2018

At first glance, Naomi Kutin looks like a typical American teenager—until you see her squat a barbell over twice her body weight.

Vintage books and text that reads Happy Birthday, Tom Wolfe!
Keith Chaffee, February 27, 2018

On March 2, 1931, Tom Wolfe was born. Wolfe is a journalist and novelist whose magazine articles in the 1960s and 1970s helped to change our ideas of how journalism should be written.

Portrait of W. E. B. Du Bois
Keith Chaffee, February 20, 2018

On February 23, 1868, W. E. B. Du Bois was born. Du Bois was a sociologist and historian, and an important leader of the early African-American civil rights movement.

a graphic of 8 oscar nominated movie posters
Elizabeth Graney, February 15, 2018

The Oscar nominations are out! And while we are usually partial to the book, every once in awhile Hollywood manages to catch some of the magic of the text on screen. Here are the films adapted from books that caught the eye of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences this year.

an image of a blue sky and green grassy hills with the text, Random Acts of Kindness day
Keith Chaffee, February 13, 2018

In 1982, writer Anne Herbert put a more positive spin on the expression "random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty," arguing that we should instead practice "random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Today, her sentiment is most commonly expressed as "random acts of kindness," and Feb

a graphic with several Laura Ingalls Wilder book covers
Keith Chaffee, February 06, 2018

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867. Wilder is best known for the Little House on the Prairie series, nine books published between 1932 and 1971 in which she tells a fictionalized version of her childhood life.

read it first in big white cursive letters against a purple theater movie curtain illustration. Spotlight shining on the title as well.
Elizabeth Graney, February 03, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

cartoon clouds in the sky, raining graphic
Keith Chaffee, January 30, 2018

On February 5, 1745, John Jeffries was born. Jeffries was one of the first systematic observers of weather in the American colonies, making daily measurements of the Boston weather beginning in 1774. In his honor, his birthday is celebrated as National Weatherperson's Day.

a graphic with the text, National Pie Day with photographs of seven different kinds of pie
Keith Chaffee, January 23, 2018

January 23 is National Pie Day, a celebration of one of the oldest forms of baked goods. A pie is made of pastry dough that covers or encases some sort of filling, which can be either sweet or savory.

image of Paddington book covers and photo of Michael Bond holding a Paddington stuffed doll
Keith Chaffee, January 09, 2018

Michael Bond was born on January 13, 1926. He is best known as the creator of Paddington Bear.