Thursday, 25 April, 2019


National Poetry Month @yourlibrary

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director



When my husband I got married in 2005, we had 2 poetry readings. One was a poem by Nikki Giovanni. Truth be told I can’t quite remember the title, but I know I chose it because of the content and the wording. Poetry is celebrated during the month of April around the country. In 1934 the Academy of American Poets was founded in New York City. The Academy is the nation’s largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry. Its mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. In 1996 the Academy founded National Poetry Month in April. The Academy website, www.poets.org, has over 9,500 poems, over 3,000 poet biographies, and important anthologies, books, and textbooks about poetry.


The majority of the library’s poetry resides in the nonfiction section in the 811s. There are poetry books in the adult nonfiction, young adult, and juvenile sections.

Check out these titles: Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Minnesota Skyline anthology of poems about Minnesota, The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, The Beauty of the Beast: poems from the Animal Kingdom byJack Prelutsky. Stop in  and browse the poetry section and you’ll find alot more gems!


Monday, April 15. Book Time. At 9:30 and 10:30 it’s Book Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.


Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 pm. Lego Club. Are you a kid who likes to build? Join us for our next Lego Club! Lego Club is open to everybody! Lego creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs.  We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination!


Wednesday, April 17, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm:  Wednesday Writing Group. 


Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm. One-Dog Canoe and More! A Visit with Mary Casanova.

Mary will recount her journey of growing up in a family of 10, struggling with reading, and ultimately discovering that books are windows to many worlds, and that writing is a way to have your voice heard. The program is geared towards young people, but all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Mary’s talks are inspirational, and have encouraged hundreds of people to open a book…or write a page.



Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.: Scenic Hiking on the North Country Trail (NCT). Discover the joys of the nation’s longest hiking trail, the NCT. Avid hikers Bonny and Gary Siegford invite you for an evening of photos and stories of the trail and its adventures. Learn about ecosystems, flowering plants, trees and wildlife. Find out how easy it is to access the trail for a day hike or a summer-long backpacking trek—plus get safety tips, maps, and more!