To commemorate the 400th year since the death of William Shakespeare (4/23) there have been events going on around the world honoring the man and his work.
The SCC Library has followed suit and if you come in you’ll notice our Shakespeare display behind the Reference Desk.
If you don’t think you have the time to pick up a book (we know you’re getting ready for Finals) you can check out the obituary posted by the New York Times. You can also read his work online thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library. Plus we have lots more Shakespeare books on the shelves😉
Well, it’s the last “official” week of National Poetry Month (though you know you can celebrate all year long!) so we thought we’d post links to a few eBooks we have in our collection that highlight poets it would be worth your time to explore.
This is just a sampling (in no particular order). Please feel free to browse our physical collection and to search for other poets whose work we might have in eBook form. Links to the eBook titles are provided, and the poet’s name links out to biographical information about them. Happy reading!
More often than not when people think of “poetry” they think of something that’s “not for them.” It’s too confusing, too complicated, too… something. Well, if you’re looking for a way to try and get past that start checking out slam poetry (also referred to as “spoken word”). There is something so dynamic and captivating about seeing these poets give voice to their words. They can move you to tears, they can make you laugh, make you proud… there’s a power in poetry and they help you to see that.
Below please check out the poem “cuz he’s black” by Javon Johnson. The words hold a power on their own, but hearing them spoken by their creator… you can’t help but be moved.
One of many things you can do to celebrate National Poetry Month is to take the time to memorize a poem. You’ll be amazed at how long it sticks with you after you commit it to memory! Julia Wilbers, one of our Reference Librarians, can still recite (at least portions of) “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman which she had to memorize over 20(!) years ago.
Need some motivation? Enjoy watching this 3-year old recite a poem she memorized in a week. You’re welcome😉
Happy National Poetry Month!
April marks one of our favorite times of year – it’s National Poetry Month!
A selection of poetry books will be highlighted behind the Reference Desk in honor of this month. Please feel free to browse through them and check out any that catch your eye.
Poetry often gets a bad rap as being hard to understand or not fun to read… that couldn’t be further from the truth. See what’s out there – you might surprise yourself and find a poet you just can’t get enough of.
And poetry isn’t just limited to the written word. Spoken word poetry is moving, engaging, inspiring, entertaining… you name it. Below please check out Neil Hilborn and his poem “OCD.” Happy National Poetry Month!
The new edition of Library Editions is available now! Library Editions is the biannual newsletter of the SCC Library, highlighting new programs, services, and resources at the library. In this issue, learn more about:
- the upcoming library book sale
- library services in SSB
- the flood of 2016
Also read about new library materials, including periodicals, notable books, and Oscar-nominated DVDs!
Choose your view:
Library Editions (interactive page-turning)
Library Editions (.pdf)
Alright, the Between the Covers book club is moving on to book #2 for the semester. Our first title, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, definitely prompted some interesting discussion about love, dating, and how romantic expectations have changed over the years (hello Tinder). Changing course a little, the second book we’ll be reading is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.
What’s it about? Here’s what Amazon says:
“Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.”
The discussion about this YA novel will take place on Wednesday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. in the LRC’s Information Commons. Coffee and treats will be provided along with some engaging conversation. Stop by, meet people, read something that’s not “required” for class (we know you’re busy, but it’s easier than you think to sneak in time to read for fun).
You can request a copy of this book through MOBIUS and knock it out in no time.
See you at the end of the month! Special shout out to SCC’s Multicultural Programming Committee for sponsoring this awesome campus activity.
The library book sale will be here before we know it (during National Library Week: April 11 – 13)! If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to de-clutter (maybe using the Kondo method…) or are just getting started on your Spring Cleaning early, we’re happy to help by accepting donations of used books you have around the house.
Just bring your donations to the library and we’ll take care of things from there.
If you have a large number of books you’d like to bring in, please call us at the Reference Desk (636.922.8620) and we can make arrangements.
SCC’s Between the Covers book club is having it’s first official book club discussion on Thursday, February 25 at 2:30 in the LRC’s Information Commons. The book that was picked for this month? Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance!
Pick up a copy and come ready to discuss! Plus, there will be coffee and donuts!