Everyone needs a mom – Celebrate her on Mothers Day, May 8

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”
Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Quote from the book OliviaMother’s Day. We’ve all had – or been – mothers.
Mothers have such an impact on our lives, and these lovely book quotes on momhood are delightful testaments to moms’ importance to us all.

Enjoy the quotes, and look up the books to read about great moms. Thanks to our friends at Brightly for sharing!

William Shakespeare: 400th Anniversary of his death

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William ShakespearWilliam_Shakespeare's_First_Folio_1623e, and the 452nd anniversary of his birth.
“No longer mourn for me when I am dead
than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
give warning to the world that I am fled
from this vile world with vilest worms to dwell:
nay, if you read this line, remember not
the hand that writ it, for I love you so,
that I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
if thinking on me then should make you woe.”
From Sonnet 71

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Poetry Surrounds Us

Old Hardback Books

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
What do these titles have in common? They and many other books take their titles from lines of poetry.
Of Mice and Men is from “To A Mouse” by Robert Burns
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
(usually translated as Often go awry)  Continue reading Poetry Surrounds Us

Liking Poetry

TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: … 
Pretty friendship ’tis to rhyme 
Your friends to death before their time 
Moping melancholy mad: 
Come, pipe a tune to dance to, lad.’ 
A.E. Housman from “Terence, this is stupid stuff”

That is A. E. Housman referring to his own writing of poetry.
As I wandered around the library taking pictures of staff and their favorite poetry books for a poetry video at least 2 staff members said, “I hate poetry”. Continue reading Liking Poetry

National Library Week April 10-16, 2016

Did you know that April 10-April 16, is National Library Week? NLW-FBprofile_0The theme for 2016 National Library Week is “Libraries Transform”and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair.
Gene Luen Yang is an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His 2006 book, American Born Chinese, was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.
It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album. Learn more about Gene Yang. Continue reading National Library Week April 10-16, 2016