Category Archives: Field Trip

Lois Lensky Exhibit at Florida State University

Courtesy FSU Special Collections

Courtesy FSU Special Collections

Anyone living near Tallahassee would be well advised to check out a current exhibit at Florida State University featuring artwork by Lois Lenski, winner of the 1946 Newbery Medal for Strawberry Girl. The physical exhibit runs through September 30th. There is also a supplementary digital collection, available to all.

Press Release:

“The members of Dr. Teri Abstein’s spring 2013 Museum Object class have been working with Florida State University Special Collections to design the exhibit entitled Farms, Fields, and Florida: Lois Lenski Illustrating the South. Through materials that have not been on display since Lenski presented them herself, the exhibition highlights the children’s author’s connection with the rural south, focusing on the state of Florida. Showcasing tales such as Bayou Suzette (recounting the life of a young Cajun girl in Louisiana), Strawberry Girl (the Newbery Award winning novel depicting the life of a young Cracker girl in Florida), and Judy’s Journey (tracking a young migrant girl’s travels through the south and eastern coast), the exhibition displays the rustic yet realistic tapestry of Southern life woven by Lenski. In addition, with featured photo albums, handwritten manuscripts, fan letters, original illustrations, and her published books, visitors receive a glimpse into Lenski’s own life and process.”

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Mad Libs Poetry

I recently contributed a post about Mad Libs Poetry (a form of erasure poetry) to the Literatures in English blog. It’s a great programming idea for teachers and librarians of all stripes!

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Feed Your Soul presented by 826michigan and InsideOut at the Detroit Public Library

I strongly encourage any poetry-loving Metro Detroiters to attend this free event at the Detroit Public Library in a few weeks:

WHAT: Feed Your Soul, an afternoon poetry conference featuring workshops taught by poets Brent Smith, Bryan Lackner, Catherine Calabro, francine j. harris, Justin Rogers, and National Student Poet Natalie Richardson

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A public poetry reading featuring the participating poet instructors and participants as well as 2012 Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett

WHEN: Saturday, April 20. Workshops begin at 1pm, community reading at 3pm.

WHERE: Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue

WHO: 826michigan and InsideOut Literary Arts Project, two nonprofits offering creative writing programs in Detroit

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public

1pm to 1:50pm
Explorers Room: Justin Rogers and National Student Poet Natalie Richardson//
Conference Room: Catherine Calabro//A Poem Mix Tape for Road Trips

2pm to 2:50pm
Explorers Room: francine j. harris//The Postcard Poem
Conference Room: Brent Smith and Bryan Lackner//What’s Inside A Word

3pm Public Reading and food from Detroit Vegan Soul

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My guest post on 826michigan’s The Staple

You can check out my abbreviated, 500 words or less, list of favorites for the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz over at 826michigan‘s blog, The Staple.

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December 11, 2012 · 2:30 PM

Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: West Branch Scavenger Hunt

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game

Yesterday, I covered the Branch Explorer badges. Today I thought you might enjoy a virtual field trip to AADL’s West Branch and the chance to spy over my shoulder as I complete the scavenger hunt there.

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State of the Book this Saturday in Ann Arbor

Credit: State of the Book website

Looking for something to do this weekend? Consider celebrating Michigan’s contributions to literature at The State of the Book this Saturday, October 6th, in the University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium (915 E. Washington). Special guests include Dave Eggers, Charles Baxter, and Philip Levine.

“This day-long series of public events will showcase the state’s leading literary stars, in partnership with several of the state’s leading non-profit literary organizations: 826michiganDzanc BooksInsideOut Literary Arts ProjectThe National Writers Series, and The Neutral Zone.” Full press release here. Day’s schedule here.

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Ann Arbor District Library’s Summer Game: Branching Out

This post is part of my on-going series on the Ann Arbor District Library’s (AADL) Summer Game.

So far it might seem like the AADL Summer Game was almost completely on-line. Au contraire. Yet another clever thing about the 2012 AADL Summer Game: it encouraged you to actually visit the library and explore. I’m ashamed to admit it, but, before playing the Summer Game, I hadn’t visited two of AADL’s branches. And even at my home branch it’s usually in the door and out again, as soon as I’ve picked up my holds. That was remedied when I decided to go after the two badges that required you to visit each of AADL’s five branches to collect codes.

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