April 8th, 2015

National Poetry Month

4757004_69f7ec8fea_zIn our hectic lives of work and school schedules, sports practices and volunteer commitments, many of us wonder, where does the time go?

Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor, states, “When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause. ”

Inspired by this quote, I did a little research and learned that April isn’t just for rain showers and the tax man. April is also National Poetry Month. Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month encourages tens of millions of people celebrating the importance of poetry in our lives and cultures.

The Poets.org site suggests thirty ways in thirty days to celebrate National Poetry Month – everything from subscribing to a poem a day to an essay by Edward Hirsch entitled “How to read a poem”.

Recently, Tyler Crawford, one of our Teen Specialist librarians recommended a book of poetry called “Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty” by Christine Heppermann. What a great combination – readable, modern poetry using classic fairy tale themes.

A quick search for poetry on CCPL’s website yields plenty of resources about poetry and poets – from “The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine” to a kids’ video, “A Child’s Garden of Poetry” and  “Poems for the Millennium” to “In the Heart of the Beat – the Poetry of Rap.”

Be sure to check our digital selections (Overdrive) of poetry as well – if you’re looking for a laugh with the kids, try Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts” e-audiobook or if you’re ready to slow down, consider “She Walks in Beauty – a Woman’s Journey Through Poems” selected by Caroline Kennedy.

And did you know our colleagues at the Cecil County Arts Council has their weekly “Lunchlines meeting?” It’s a group of poets who meet for lunch, poetry exercises and laughter the first and third Tuesday each month.

How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? Do you have a favorite poet?

Image credit: Magnetic Poetry by Natalie Roberts on Flickr.



March 30th, 2015

The Bard’s Banquet – Friends of the Library

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Please welcome Amanda Butler, President of The Friends of Cecil County Public Library:

“Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people.” In honor of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday (believed to fall on April 23, 1564), The Friends invite you to “The Bard’s Banquet.” Shakespeare often referred to food in his works. “If music be the food of love, play on,” says Duke Orsino in the opening line of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

The evening will kick off with a welcome beverage, followed by a four course Elizabethan dinner, offered with beer or wine pairings in addition to a cash bar. Check out the menu. (PDF File. Adobe Reader required.)  Costumes are optional – we would love to see you in full costume, but encourage you to “dress up” even if you only wear a peacock feather or brightly colored stockings.

The “Bard’s Banquet” will be the North East Yacht Club on Saturday, April 18 at 6:30pm. Located on the banks of the North East River, enjoy stunning views, great company and delicious fare. All inclusive tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased by calling the North East Yacht Club at 410-287-6333.

In addition to great food and conversation, why do we host these fundraising events? The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates and raises funds for the library. We raise money through memberships and fundraising events.

The Friends also advocate and raise awareness about the value of CCPL’s programs and services by attending public meetings, connecting with event attendees and purchasing equipment and hiring performers that are not covered by the library’s operating budget.

CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program is the largest program series of the year. This year’s program begins on Monday, June 1, so mark your calendars!

Why is summer reading so important that the Friends work year-round to underwrite the performers and prizes? Did you know that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are more likely to fall behind their peers when school starts in the fall? Did you know that this “summer learning loss” is cumulative and is a contributing factor to the high school drop-out rate? Education is a priority in Cecil County, according to the comprehensive plan. The Friends of CCPL support out-of-school and summer learning initiatives as the best way to keep our children growing, learning and striving for excellence.

Want to get involved? Individual memberships are just $10 per year and Family Memberships are just $15. Members will receive quarterly newsletters and advance notification of special events.

We look forward to seeing you on April 18. And bring a friend – you don’t have to be a member of the Friends of CCPL to attend any of our fundraisers!

Have you joined the Friends?