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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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“The Right Words,” Sarah Slean

From Slean’s Land & Sea

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‘dog ear’ poetry

'dog ear' poetry

Something else to try — “The above ‘dog ear’ poem was found by folding over the corner of page 110 in Willa Cathers’ Pulitzer winning novel One of Ours.” via Winston Plowes’ April 18th entry on Pulitzer Remix

At the beginning
mothers died
and spurred
another
orphan

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April 18, 2013 · 2:30 PM

Fall Into Winter Mix

Some highlights from the mix I’ve been listening to at work lately. This music feels like late Fall and early Winter to me. I hope you enjoy.

For some reason I have a lot of dreams about the Northwest Passage this time of year. Luckily (oddly), Pentangle, Josh Ritter, and Stan Rogers share my fixation.

  1. “Falling Rain” – Alexandre Desplat, from Sie Jie soundtrack
  2. “Urge for Going” – Joni Mitchell
  3. “Rain and Snow” – The Be Good Tanyas
  4. “Lord Franklin” – Pentangle
  5. “Hard Way Home” – Brandi Carlile
  6. “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” – Fairport Convention
  7. “The Lakes of Canada” – The Innocence Mission
  8. “Cold Outside” – Ruth Moody
  9. “I Still Miss Someone” – Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin
  10. “Another New World” – Josh Ritter
  11. “Pastures of Plenty” – Solas
  12. “Season of the Witch” – Donovan
  13. “Things That Scare Me” – Neko Case
  14. “Northwest Passage” – Stan Rogers
  15. “It’ll End Too Soon” – Crooked Still

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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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Story Starter: Smithsonian Flickr

I recently posed this Story Starter to Story Problems and I thought I’d share it with you too. It was inspired by this post on the Smithsonian’s blog.

Visit the Smithsonian’s Flickr (or your favorite Flickr page) and select an image (like above?) that intrigues you.

Write about (choose one of the following):

  • What’s happening at that moment, or, if you’d prefer, what is about to happen.
  • Imagine you’ve just found this image in your grandmother dusty attic. Do you recognize it? Do you not? What’s your reaction? Oh no! Don’t tell me a deep and troubling family secret has been revealed at a most inopportune time?
  • You are very, very old and used to be very, very famous. One day a reporter comes to visit you and asks you about the photo. What do you tell them? What do you keep to yourself? What do you only tell us, the reader of your tale?

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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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