We're trying something crazy and new at my library: we've broken poetry books out of the 800's nonfiction! Is that crazy? Is it new? Well, when asked in an informal Facebook poll on the Library Think Tank group, 114 people responded that at their libraries, poetry is still in nonfiction. Two said they have a … Continue reading Poetry on the Move
Dr. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg typinga poem to send out into the worldLast night I had the pleasure of meeting the charming and brilliant Poet Laureate of Kansas, Dr. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. We invited her to do a reading at the library to celebrate the end of National Poetry Month, and she shared new and old work with … Continue reading The end of a month long celebration of poetry
If you walk in the Lawrence Public Library between now and the end of April, you'll find two interesting installments in our front lobby! Our programming librarian tracked down and set up a 70's style typewriter and a mailbox for patrons to type out a quick poem and send out into the world. These poems … Continue reading Off the Page off to a great start!
The month long celebration of verse is just two months away, and as I'm planning events for the library, I'm getting more and more excited about it. As a poetry enthusiast, I've recently been trying to find ways to incorporate poetry in the library setting. Besides a display I created a couple of years ago, … Continue reading Looking forward to National Poetry Month
Though there were only six people in attendance, I have to say last night's "Renewal" themed Poetry Social was a major success. I began the evening with a writing prompt, as usual, using the soundtrack to the movie, Map of the World. After every few minutes, though, I instructed everyone to pass what they had … Continue reading Poetry Social: Renewal
I'm really fortunate to work in a place that allows me to utilize my talents and passions in my job--one of those passions being poetry. About four months ago, I started hosting a monthly poetry event at the library. A college town, Lawrence is kind of known for its artistic community, and I figured there … Continue reading Poetry Social: "Traditions"