Hi! This is me, Astra, when I was a very smart and curious little girl. Now I’m all grown up, but still curious (and sometimes still smart). I’ve traveled far and wide to get to my new home here at The Curious George Store. Check in frequently to learn about the passion and commitment that led me and my team to The Curious George Store and where it will lead us next. Aren’t you just a little curious?
Growing up, my favorite place to escape was in the pages of my favorite books – whether it was curled up by the fire at my family’s cottage, listening to my mother read, or under the branches of our weeping cherry tree. I could always find excitement in the worlds of these stories.
As a child of books, I spent a lot of time chasing the next big adventure, something that has carried me into adulthood and led me from Virginia to Boston all on my own. This wanderlust and love of books took me from bookstore job to bookstore job, until I finally decided on a career in publishing. After a short time of feeling disconnected from my happiness, I reevaluated my dreams and set my sights on life as a librarian.
The commitment to community and the creation of a safe, educational space for kids is what drew me into into the idea of librarianship, and I have been given that opportunity with the Curious George Store. It means the world to me to get kids excited about reading and pumped to learn – everything about Curious George inspires that, and I couldn’t be happier to have found my place.
This is me when I was just a little, curious baby. A lot has changed since then, but I am still a curious person. When I was given the opportunity to interview at The Curious George Store way back in 2012, I knew I had to work there.
Curious George has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, we read the original stories more times than I can count. During my freshman year of college, I helped paint a mural at a toy store in Providence, Rhode Island. My contribution was the image from the original Curious George book of George in the tree at the zoo.
I started working at The Curious George Store in May 2012. I was hired as the Inventory Manager. In my time there, I went through many positions including Book & Toy Buyer, Assistant Store Manager, and even Store Manager. I was in the last position until July of 2018 when a family emergency brought me to Virginia. I was extremely sad to go, but luckily I was still able to stay on in a smaller capacity!
Now, I am the Social Media Manager for The Curious George Store. With the help of our in-store team, I work to bring fun, engaging content to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We can’t wait to share our new home with you! Continue following us to be the first to see sneak peaks of our new location. There are going to be many other surprises along the way! Stay Curious!