celebrations

Go for the Gold @ your library

You don’t have to travel to Vancouver to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics. There are several ways to enjoy the Olympics @ your library.

Hosting your own Olympic Games @ your library can be a fun way to promote your library’s existing gaming program. Video games such as “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games” and “Vancouver 2010” are available on a number of gaming platforms. Organize games for fun, or host a tournament and award the winners your own gold, silver and bronze medals.

October Is National Arts and Humanities Month

Be one of the 10,000 communities and millions of people throughout the United States who celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month every year (NAHM). Join us in recognizing the many ways the arts and culture enhance our lives.

This year’s highlights are listed below, but be sure to visit the NAHM website for additional information.

Participate Locally

Free Verse

Every year since the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996 we have come up with a new angle to help draw people into the world of poetry. For 2009, we are playing off of Paul Sahre’s National Poetry Month Poster design, which features lines from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” scrawled on a fogged window: “Do I dare / Disturb the universe?” We invited people to send in photographs of bits of verse that they have presented in some ephemeral medium.

Mother’s Day

This sampling of famous momsexternal link offers suggestions for reading & discussion programs or literary trivia. Moms mentioned range from Louisa May Alcott’s loving Marmee to Philip Roth’s monstrous Sophie Portnoy. Mother’s Day falls on May 10 in 2009.

Jazz Appreciation Month

April is also Jazz Appreciation Month! The Smithsonian launched Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in 2001 to pay tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. This year’s celebration marks the centennial of Chicago jazz-musician Benny Goodman, “The King of Swing,” who is featured on the 2009 poster (PDF).

Local Poetry Events

There are many regional poetry festivals and other poetry-related events happening around the country during National Poetry Month, and all year long. If you are interested in booking a local or regional poet for future programming at your library, gathering resources on poetry to supplement your current programming, or you just want to see what sort of poetry events are happening near you, check out the Academy of American Poets’ National Poetry Map. Below are some events happening in April, just in time for National Poetry Month!

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