New for May at EDSITEment
This month, EDSITEment looks at a chapter from Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels; celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and Jewish-American Heritage Month; considers Winslow Homer’s The Veteran in a New Field; rereads the Great Gatsby; previews two new PBS series; and shares two great humanities websites.
New for April at EDSITEment
This month, EDSITEment celebrates National Poetry Month by looking at Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and The Canterbury Tales; examines how LBJ dealt with the crisis in the Dominican Republic; explores Shakespeare; and remembers the Holocaust.
Creative Aging at Mid-Manhattan Library
Hermine Meinhard writes a poem of a place from childhood in She Stood, pulling back her years to explore what her memory has kept. I invited her to bring this experience to Mid-Manhattan Library to lead a workshop for older adults on writing poetry this spring.
Apply for Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle
“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” will encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in the United States and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American life.
Celebrate National Poetry Month!
Reading poems not only builds literacy skills, it lights the imagination. In April 1996, the Academy of American Poets, the largest membership-based nonprofit poetry organization, launched National Poetry Month to introduce more readers to the art form.
Featured Library: New Bedford Free Public Library
Inspired by Gary D. Schmidt’s young adult novel Okay for Now, the New Bedford (Mass.) Free Public Library, the Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Free Public Library Art Room, and the New Bedford Art Museum partnered to create Art in Words.
Jazz Up Your Library Programming
Next month is Jazz Appreciation Month, and DC Public Library is going all out with a packed schedule of jazz programming for all ages. Check out their programs below.
National Poetry Month is just a week away. Need inspiration for some last-minute programming, or looking for ideas you can use year-round? The American Academy of Poets offers a list of thirty ways to celebrate poetry.
Schools, Video Games, and STEM
This fall has seen a number of big video game releases (Skyrim, I’m especially looking at you), so what better time for school and academic librarians to capitalize on that and get students involved in the National STEM Video Game Challenge, a “multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning…”
Create a Glass Wall of Poetry
So I was thinking of those magnetic poetry kits that people put on their refrigerators and filing cabinets, when I got the idea to create a much larger version of it for our library to celebrate National Poetry Month last April.
The Language of Conservation: A Case Study in Library-Zoo Partnerships
Libraries may have a physical location, but the possibilities for programming extend far beyond four walls. Partnering with an external organization allows libraries to solicit model programs that provide interesting and innovative ways to disseminate information and educate their community. One such program is “The Language of Conservation”, which connects libraries, poets, and zoos together for a mix of humanities and sciences.
New for May at EDSITEment
This month EDSITEment is chock full of new lessons and resources marking significant events and celebrations within the May calendar, including Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, the Mexican Revolution, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Riders.
New for April at EDSITEment
This spring, EDSITEment has assembled a garland of new multimedia resources to enhance our poetry lessons for readers and students to hear the poetry and experience the power of some of America’s most celebrated original voices in the hope they will emulate them by writing their own American originals.
The Language of Collaboration: Connecting Zoos, Libraries, and Poetry for Environmental Awareness
Gone are the days when the library stood in splendid isolation. Libraries partner with all kinds of organizations to deliver programs and produce audiences ... more libraries than ever are reporting that successful collaborations are central to their planning and no longer an afterthought.
Poetry As a Community Builder
If the three panelists from this morning’s session can’t turn you on to poetry, you might want to get your hearing checked. Kwame Alexander opened the discussion by reading from his own poetry. His dynamic delivery engaged the listener from the moment he opened his mouth, living evidence of the power of poetry.
Poetic Opportunities @ 2010 ALA Annual Conference
Attendees at the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, to be held June 24–29 in Washington, D.C., who are looking to include poetry in their upcoming library programs have the chance to discover several relevant events. These events range from opportunities to meet the poets, to live readings, to a discussion of poetry and library programming related topics...
Kentucky Kids Get Ekphrastic
You may not know what the word “ekphrastic” means, but a host of kids from west Kentucky in grades three through nine could tell you. Ekphrastic poems comment on another art form, such as painting, sculpture, or architecture.
New for April at EDSITEment
This April, EDSITEment celebrates National Poetry Month as well as Jazz Appreciation Month. It also looks at the Kennedy Administration and the Civil Rights movement, and Romare Bearden’s The Dove.
Featured Libraries: Greensboro and Loudoun County Public Libraries
If you’re interested in initiating some poetry-related programming in your library—to coincide with April’s designation as National Poetry Month, or for any time of year—take a look at programs hosted by the Greensboro (N.C.) Public Library and the Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library for insight and ideas.
Great Programs with Poets and Poetry @ Your Library
What a great way to spend a Sunday morning—discussing the possibilities of poetry for libraries! This morning at Annual, we joined representatives from the ALA Public Programs Office, the Academy of American Poets, the Greensboro Public Library, and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield for a discussion of best practices in poetry programming for public audiences.
ALA Annual Conference Spotlight on Poetry
As I look back on National Poetry Month each year, I resolve to retain some of the unexpected, joy-filled, and reflective moments I’ve encountered by stumbling upon so many poems in public, print, and cyber spaces throughout the month of April. It has been particularly useful for me as the Public Programs Office prepares for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference and our planned spotlight on poetry.
Featured Library: Bettendorf Public Library
In 2008, the Bettendorf Public Library in Bettendorf, Iowa was awarded a $2,500 Grant from the ALA Public Programs Office to host the “Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness” reading and discussion series. Funding for the project was provided by the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness.
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.
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.
Politics and Poetry
It's not too late to get in on the poetry action for January, with Elizabeth Alexander in the news as the poet who will be featured at Barack Obama's inauguration on January 19.