This October we are taking a moment to celebrate famed author and poet Nikki Grimes and her 68th birthday. This fantastic and heartfelt force of nature has been exploring poetry and presenting it to the world since she was 6. Read more about October Beats and Nikki Grimes’ 68th Birthday!
Do you have a passion for poetry? The 14th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition is now open. All contestants must be Illinois residents and 18 years of age or over.
Winners receive the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, and there is a cash prize for first, second, and third place. Entry forms, eligibility requirements, and further information can be found at: http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/.
Poetry is food for the soul! Simple rhymes such as Mother Goose introduce early literacy to our youngest; epic poems like the Iliad and Odyssey bring us tales of heroic adventures; and modern poems explore an unending range of topics and poetic forms … All in all, every poem entertains us with literature in its most graceful style. Read more about Poetry Month
Yesterday, a group of students grades three to six gathered during the library's Write On! creative writing workshop. One of the activities was to create poetry from book spines. Here are the amazing results! (And if a title sounds interesting, you are in luck - all of the titles are available for check-out. Just visit our online catalog.) Enjoy! -Elaine
Don't bother the earth spirit who lives here. She is working on a story. It is the oldest story in the world and it is delicate, changing. If she sees you watching she will invite you in for coffee, give you warm bread, and you will be obligated to stay and listen. But this is no ordinary story. You will have to endure earthquakes, lightning, the deaths of all those you love, the most blinding beauty. It's a story so compelling you may never want to leave; this is how she traps you. See that stone finger over there? Read more about Moments Crystalized into Words