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A tidy not-so-little-giveaway from Tidy Books and Capability : Mom

little miss tidy roger hargreavesOnce upon a time there was a pretty little house. One day a family moved into the pretty house and brought with them all types of things, including toys and books for the small children of the family. The pretty little house grew crowded and a wee bit untidy. One day, the mother, who actually had a fairly high tolerance for untidiness but a low tolerance for actual mess (read germs), had had enough.

“How can I make this house tidy again?” she wondered aloud as she looked around the family room, strewn with brightly colored toys and picture books. “Oh, I know! I will Google ‘tidy kids’.  She was the kind of mom who loved to Google things. Google was especially helpful for the “Why” questions. You know, like “Why does glass not break and plastic does?’ “Why did it stop snowing?” (and other questions that the mom preferred were asked after her morning tea) and she did, and this is what she found…Capability:Mom tidies up with Tidy BooksTidy Books.

It was a company who understood how to tidy up by organizing those hard to keep neat picture books. Of course, it was started by another mom, a talented mom who designed and made her own bookshelves (here is a link to an interview with that mom, Geraldine Grandidier over at oh, my! handmade goodness blog) when she couldn’t find what she wanted. So clever.  The mom of the pretty little house was thrilled and you will be, too.

Okay, I am the mom in the story and this is what I found – Tidy Books –  the bookshelves are beautiful, well-made and perfect for those odd-sized picture books. Here is a nice before and after post from oh, my!. The best part of all of this is that Tidy Books is letting me give away one of their sweet book caddies (a $100 plus value) and you can win it. Really, it is easy and you will love the clock (similar to a Judy Clock on the side (removable for when the children outgrow it). Here is a link to the Tidy Books Box– it is so sweet.

Tidy Books also generously donated a book caddy for the Newton Free Library’s annual fundraiser, Spring Fling. The evening was a huge success (I still haven’t written about it but it was lovely) and the Tidy Books book caddy that I was elected to put it together (very easy, especially with the Allen wrench included in the tidy box) was filled with picture books and was a charming and much sought after silent auction item.

Enter Now

So how can you win? Simple. “Like” Tidy Books on Facebook – Tell them your favorite children’s store – on-line or local – and if you can picture Tidy Books there!

You can get one additional entry for each of the following tasks you complete, up to seven (7) super easy bonus entries:

1. Visit the Tidy Books website & let us know what color you would choose if you won the Tidy Books Box and/or what your favorite Tidy Books product is.

2. Sign up for the Tidy Books email newsletter by entering your email address in the Newsletter tab on the Tidy Books website (bottom left in the sidebar) & leave a comment here to let us know.

3. Follow Tidy Books on Twitter

4. Follow Capability : Mom on Twitter!

5. “Like” Capability : Mom on Facebook

6. Tweet about this giveaway or share on your Facebook page (be sure to tag @capabilitymom)

7. If you have a blog, write about this giveaway with a link back to this post (comment and let me know you are linking back).

This contest is open to U.S. residents only and closes on Friday, April 22, 2011. Tidy Books will ship the book caddy to the winner.

If you don’t win you can always order the Tidy Books book caddy here on Amazon – Tidy Books Box.

email capabilitymom (at) verizon (dot) net with any questions.

This giveaway is closed and the winner is…Barbara Baker of Blogfully. Barbara will receive her book caddy from Tidy Books.

Library Love at the Newton Free Library

Here is link to a recent write-up about the Newton Free Library Benefit in the Boston Globe West Weekly Section.

Spring Fling Authors 2011

A very long time ago, a young mother joined a committee. She was newish at this and did not realize that committees are everywhere but that is another story. This committee helped raise money for the local library and that was good. So she worked on the committee and the library raised more money (for technology) each year and that was also good. Each year the event hosted new authors and more people came to the event and it is now held in the very beautiful library. The young mother is oldish now and still loves the library.

The benefit this year is being held on March 26, 6:30-10 pm at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton, Massachusetts. The always interesting Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point will be a featured speaker and the inimitable William Novak will present the authors. We are lucky to have such a wonderful group of authors each year and this year is no exception.

Here are our Spring Fling authors and we hope you plan to join us at Spring Fling, Saturday, March 26th, as we honor their literary contributions.
Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
By Caldwell, Gail
2010-08 – Random House

In this gorgeous, moving memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Caldwell reflects on her own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend. …More

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness–And a Trove of Letters–Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
By Gup, Ted
2010-10 – Penguin Press
An inspiring account of America at its worst–and Americans at their best–woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author’s generous and secretive grandfather. More

By Harding, Paul
2009-01 – Bellevue Literary Press
2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner An astonishing first novel of memory, consciousness, and man’s place in the natural world. …More

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind
By Watson, Bruce
2007-08 – Viking Books
In the first full-length narrative of the case in thirty years, Bruce Watson unwinds a gripping tale that opens with anarchist bombs going off in a posh Washington, D.C., neighborhood and concludes with worldwide outrage over the execution of the good shoemaker and the poor fish peddler. Sacco and Vanzetti mines deep archives and new sources, unveiling fresh details about these naive dreamers and militant revolutionaries. This case still haunts the American imagination. Authoritative and engrossing, Sacco and Vanzetti will capture fans of true crime books and everyone who enjoys riveting American history. …More
No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale
By Frankel, Felice C.
Author Whitesides, George M.
2009-11 – Belknap Press
“No Small Matter” uses dazzling images and evocative descriptions to reveal the virtually invisible possibilities of nanoscience. Authors Frankel and Whitesides offer an overview of recent scientific advances that have contributed to this ever-shrinking microtechnology. …More

Lunch was lovely. We got dressed up, mingled and listened to wonderful authors Anita Shreve and Andre Dubus III

Phew. What a  day.  The 26th Annual Book and Author Lunch was held at the Newton Marriott (with over 245 people in attendance)  to hear Andre Dubus III and Anita Shreve speak. Mayor Setti Warren made a nice speech before the lunch and the very dedicated Friends of the Newton Free Library did a wonderful job organizing this event.

When the Library has visiting authors, someone from the volunteers “hosts” them – basically makes sure they are comfortable.  Anita Shreve was to be hosted by a lovely friend who needed me to pinch hit at the last minute.  Gladly. I like Anita Shreve’s writing and have read more than a few. Was I nervous? Well, if you measure sheer nervous energy by the sheer volume of words – yes, I was. I have hosted authors before and didn’t think I would be, but I was. I did google her before lunch, mostly to refresh my memory – I knew Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife off the bat but she has fifteen books listed on her website (a very thorough and lovely website).  Hopefully we made Ms. Shreve feel welcome (I did open her water bottles and protect her dessert) and luckily Andre Dubus is a charming force of nature and is friends with Anita. So I scooted over and let them sit next to each other. The conversation was lively and the talks were inspiring. Go to the Newton Free Library page where I hope that Anita’s recommendations will soon be posted, I want to read (or re-read) each writer on her list.

Andre was engaging, funny, charmingly edgy and handsome (bonus in a room of women) and most of the audience is ready to sign up to audit one of his writing classes. You can tell that he loves what he does, both writing and teaching – and his enthusiasm is contagious. You can see for yourself in this video.


His new book is due out in February, called Townie about growing up in a New England mill town. I can’t wait to read it – I think his voice will be so strong in this book. All in all a very interesting day.townie andre dubus III

I get to meet Anita Shreve!

Anita Shreve is coming to our local library’s Book and Author Luncheon today – it is put on by the lovely Friends of the Newton Free Library and I am filling in for someone as hostess for Anita Shreve!  Luckily I had only to go to my bookshelf for a refresher on the books she has written. The Pilot’s Wife, The Weight of Water (both made in to movies).  Andre Dubus III is the other featured author (House of Sand and Fog).  I will fill you in later. Off for hostess duty!

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