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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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“You think of a nice word and rhyme it with a lot of other nice words”

“How do you write a poem?” he asked.

“You think of a nice word,” said the first lead soldier, “and rhyme it with a lot of other nice words until you come to the end.”

Kenny’s Window, story and pictures by Maurice Sendak

To contribute your favorite poem as a video or Soundcloud file, email thatklickitat [at] gmail [dot] com. Submissions will be accepted throughout April.

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NaNoWriMo in the library

National Novel Writing Month, more commonly referred to as NaNoWriMo, is under way. Have you considered inviting participating writers into your library for an “open swim” writing event? The official website offers a publicity kit for the price of shipping but you could always create your own promotional materials as well.

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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: Earning the “Eye For An Eisner” Badge

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

Today I’m walking you through earning the “Eye For An Eisner” badge, part of the on-line scavenger hunt component of AADL’s Summer Game. The title and badge objective reference winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. To earn the badge, a player had to locate eight codes hidden within catalog entries on aadl.org.

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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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