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In Honor of National Poetry Month

We love poetry, books, most written material, so in honor of National Poetry Month, we plan to post poems and related information here on a regular basis this month.

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Honoring our Love of Books

Today is World Book (Reading) Day and in honor of that, we have these two tidbits for your enjoyment.

A World Book Day Poem

This poem was written specifically for World Book Day.

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

In the UK and Ireland World Book Day is on Thursday 7 March 2019. This date came about after serious thought and lengthy discussion to ensure that we were making the best decision for all participants and our supporters. We take into consideration religious holidays, school terms and potential conflict with other charitable activities.

In other countries World Book and Copyright Day takes place on 23 April. Celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the magical power of books – ‘a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures.  By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge…’

For international information on World Book Day, please visit: www.unesco.org.

Source: www.WorldBookDay.com

Celebrating Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, here is a poem for you to enjoy.

Art Project: Earth

Balloon, then papier mâché.
Gray paint, blue and turquoise, green,
a clouded world with fishing line attached
to an old light, original to the house, faux brass
chipping, discolored, an ugly thing. What must
the people of this planet think, the ground
knobby and dry, the oceans blue powder,
the farmland stiff and carefully maintained.
Sometimes they spin one direction,
then back again. How the coyotes howl.
How the people learn to love, regardless.
The majesty of their own towering hearts.
The mountains, which they agree are beautiful.
And the turquoise—never has there been
such a color, breaking into precious
and semi-precious stones. They build houses
from them, grand places of worship,
and there is much to worship. Look up,
for instance. Six suns. The wonder of it.
First one, then the next, eclipsing
the possibility that their world hangs by a thread.

Poem source: Poets.org
Copyright © 2015 Karen Skolfield

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National Poetry Month at the Broomfield Library

The Broomfield Library {link} has two displays for National Poetry Month:

A Poet by Any Other Name: The first display at the library is a passive program titled “A Poet by Any Other Name,” which includes the below crossword puzzle—the answers to which are celebrities who have dabbled in poetry. You will also find a couple of celebrity poetry books from their collection on display.

National Poetry Month Puzzle from the Broomfield LibraryNational Poetry Month Puzzle

The History of American Poetry: The second display at the library celebrates the history of American poetry and the poetry events occurring throughout the area. The library has pulled books from their collection ranging from the works of Phillis Wheatley to those of Claudia Rankine, and have organized them chronologically around the reference shelf. Their display signage highlights April readings and workshops at places like Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe in Boulder and the Denver Public Library.

Enjoy!

 

 

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A Celebration of Poetry

Here are poems about libraries or books that we thought were appropriate for National Poetry Month. Enjoy, be Inspired, let us know what You Like!

MY FIRST MEMORY (OF LIBRARIANS) by Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books — another world — just waiting
At my fingertips.

Source: TransactionsWithBeauty

Enchantment

Stack by stack,
shelf by shelf,
I pick out books
all by myself.

Page by page,
line by line,
word by word,
I make books mine.

With a wave of a card
like a wizard’s right hand—
and an alphabet-alchemy,
life
is
just
grand.

Jane Yolen

Source: The Booklist Reader

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Book Sales

Thank you for joining us at our mini book sales, fundraising event, and special projects!

Upcoming Book Sales

Mark your calendars…

  • Our spring book sale is being held JUNE 2, 2018 9 am – 2 pm.
  • Our next mini book sale is scheduled for JULY 28 and will feature ‘beach reads’ (summer favorites) from 9 am – noon.
  • Our BIG Fall sale will be held on OCTOBER 5 and 6 (more details to follow).
  • Our final mini book sale of the year will be in early DECEMBER (holiday and entertaining themed).

book sale

 

 

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