Outdoor Fun: Toys You Throw

Outdoor Fun: Toys You Throw

I love to throw things and always have. Softballs, paper airplanes, Frisbees, water balloons, you name it—if it can be thrown, tossed, or side-armed, I’m there. Sometimes I like to throw for distance and speed, other times for accuracy. Trajectory, body mechanics, kinetic energy, and velocity are part of the formula. Those factors (combined with…

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Spinning Wheels: Roller Skating through the Years

Spinning Wheels: Roller Skating through the Years

Do you remember your first pair of roller skates? I do. I can easily visualize the bulky metal skates that clamped onto my shoes when I was about seven years old. Those skates weren’t easy to maneuver, especially as I navigated the uneven sidewalks of my dead-end street, but I recall a certain sense of…

The OTHER Video Games: Board Games Based on 70s and 80s Television Shows

The OTHER Video Games: Board Games Based on 70s and 80s Television Shows

When you live in a Little House on the Prairie, every day offers a fresh challenge. Who knows what challenges you’ll be confronted with next? Will Pa need to race against time to extinguish a blazing fire? Will Mary and Laura come face-to-face with a pack of wolves? Will Ma and Carrie find a good…

Sledding 101

Sledding 101

It’s 6:30 a.m. on a January morning in 1977 when the alarm clock rings to wake my sister and me for school. I crawl out of bed, look out the window, and notice that it snowed overnight. I can barely see the cars on the street with the thick layer of flakes covering them. I…

U.S. Women’s Soccer and Abby Mania: One Fan’s Perspective

U.S. Women’s Soccer and Abby Mania: One Fan’s Perspective

I recently joined countless others around the country and jumped on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (U.S. WNT) bandwagon. In fact, almost everyone I encountered during the team’s amazing FIFA World Cup run seemed to be aware of the its international success. Even before the Semifinals, the U.S. WNT had already gone head-to-head against…

Softball Summers and Left Field Lessons

Softball Summers and Left Field Lessons

I spent a large portion of my youth playing outside. Whether it was hide-and-seek in the neighborhood, running through the sprinkler in the backyard, or riding my bicycle around town, I enjoyed just about any activity that involved being outdoors. So it should come as no surprise that I liked playing softball too. However, softball…

One-on-One Strategy Games

One-on-One Strategy Games

Growing up in a small town on a street full of houses populated by kids my age, I always found ways to occupy my weekends and summers. Often that meant playing next door with my friend Christine, either on her front porch or in her horse-themed bedroom. Time with Christine usually involved a game or…

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A Librarian’s Top 5 Video Game Strategy Guides

A Librarian’s Top 5 Video Game Strategy Guides

In 2010, The Strong received a sizable and generous donation from Prima Games, one of the leading strategy guide publishers in the electronic games industry. The gift consisted of more than a thousand strategy guides for both PC and console video games from 1990 to 2009. Following an eight-month cataloging project, all 1,264 game guides…

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Sunny day Sweepin’ the clouds away On my way to where the air is sweet Can you tell me how to get How to get to Sesame Street? Come and play Everything’s A-OK Friendly neighbors there That’s where we meet Can you tell me how to get How to get to Sesame Street? I still…

Rolling through Life with Kismet

Rolling through Life with Kismet

My grandmother loved to play all kinds of games. In fact, I probably inherited my love for games from her. When my sister and I would show up on Nana’s doorstep and ask her to play a game with us, she would stop whatever she was doing and say, “Go pick out a game from…