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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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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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Call for Submissions: 2013 Poem Project

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, I’ve decided to hold my own, month-long celebration of excellent poems. But I need your help! You see, inspired by Favorite Poem Project and my friend Jen Knoch’s Keep Toronto Reading coverage, I’m asking you to contribute a video where you talk about and read aloud one of your favorite poems. No need to be fancy or to speak at length, please just share a poem that spoke to you at some point in your life, for whatever reason. I’m hoping to create a small scale kaleidoscope of good poetry, something along the lines of a limited term Verse Daily.

Here’s an excellent example from the Favorite Poem Project, where photographer Seph Rodney explains his love for Plath’s “Nick and the Candlestick”:

Entries will be accepted until April 30th, 2013. Email me at: thatklickitat [at] gmail [dot] com for more information or to submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo hosted video. I’ll also accept a SoundCloud audiofile, if you’re camera shy. 

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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: Building Community

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

An unexpected benefit of the Summer Game was the strengthened sense of community among players. Although players mostly completed tasks in AADL’s Summer Game alone, a strong sense of camaraderie emerged in the comment sections every time a new set of badges was “dropped” and players began to work through the challenges.

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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game: Teaching Information Literacy

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

The “We are all Weird” badge did something very interesting: it incorporated basic information literacy into the Game.

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