The semester is gradually winding down and that means there’s only ONE book left to be discussed at the Between the Covers book club meeting on April 30 at 2:30 in the Information Commons of the library. What’s that book? Blankets by Craig Thompson! This autobiographical graphic novel is widely regarded as one of the top graphic novels to read, especially if you’re new to the genre. You still have plenty of time to read it and come discuss with the rest of the book club. And don’t be put off by it’s size – a number of people who already finished the book commented that it was a “quick read” :)
See you in a couple weeks! This would be a great way to get ready for finals. Take a little break from studying and paper-writing and read something for fun… something you might not otherwise have picked up. Remember, there will be coffee and treats available for all who come and participate.
Julia Wilbers, one of our reference librarians, just “discovered” the poet Lucille Clifton. Some of you may already know of her, but few things beat discovering a poet or author for the first time. This is especially true when there seems to be an instant connection. It is because of Julia’s recently uncovered “obsession” that Lucille Clifton was selected to be today’s Poet of the Day. ;)
Below you’ll find a few clips of Clifton reading her work. If you’d like to explore more of her poetry the library has The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 shelved upstairs and ready to be checked out. Enjoy… you might just connect with her in the same way Julia did :)
Happy National Poetry Month!
Philip Levine was the 18th Poet Laureate of the United States, serving from 2011-2012. Here’s a clip from PBS News Hour that shows Levine reading some of his work and then includes a brief interview with the poet that offers a little insight into who he is and how he came to the world of poetry.
We are less than a week away from the 21st annual SCC Library Book Sale! Make sure you stop in on April 14, 15, and 16 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and see all the titles we’ll have for sale. Not only are we celebrating great prices on books, we’re also celebrating National Library Week (we always hold the book sale during this amazing time of year) – so even if you don’t buy anything, come in and say hi!
Hardcover books are only $1 and paperback books are only 50¢! You can’t beat those deals!
If you’re still looking to drop off book donations for the sale, please have them to us here in the library by the end of the day on Thursday, April 10.
In 2011 PBS joined together with the Poetry Foundation to create “Poetry Everywhere.” Hosted by Garrison Keillor the intention of the program was “to expose a diverse audience to a broad spectrum of poetic voices, build an appreciation and an audience for poetry, and increase the presence of poets and poetry within the two most ubiquitous media in American popular culture–the Web and TV.” Not a bad mission :)
There are 35+ clips of poetry readings on this site, each is prefaced with a short introduction by Keillor and has an accompanying biographical blurb about the poet. This is a great way to expose yourself to a number of different poets and different types of poetry in manageable bite-size portions. So head to the site and play around – get your poetry for the day.
And if you’re looking for more information about the poets referenced in the program or just want to explore you should check out the Poetry Foundation site. There’s lots of great stuff there.
Today we’re going to highlight poet, Mary Oliver. She is the winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for her poetry and her poems tend to focus on the natural world. If you’re interested in exploring some of her work we have three of Oliver’s collections here in the library: New and Selected Poems, Volume One; New and Selected Poems, Volume Two; and A Thousand Mornings.
And since few things beat hearing a poem as read by its author below please find three readings by Mary Oliver:
Not sure where to start with the many poetry options you have at your fingertips? Why not check out some of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry? Head to the Pulitzer Prize website for a complete list of winners (and finalists). For now here’s a small selection of what we have to offer:
Life on Mars
by Tracy K. Smith
PS 3619 .M5955 L54 2011
The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
by Kay Ryan
PS 3568 .Y38 B47 2010
by Rae Armantrout
PS 3551 .R455 V47 2009
The Shadow of Sirius
by W. S. Merwin
PS 3563 .E75 S48 2009
Time and Materials
by Robert Hass
PS 3558 .A725 T56 2007
by Natasha Trethewey
PS 3570 .R433 N38 2007
by Claudia Emerson
PS 3551 .N4155 L38 2005
Delights and Shadows
by Ted Kooser
PS 3561 .O6 D45 2004