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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How Did You Celebrate National Poetry Month?

At Fairfax County Public Library, we celebrated National Poetry Month (April) in many fun ways.

Tysons-Pimmit Library hosted a “Name That Poet” contest. One lucky customer will receive a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble for naming all poets correctly. How many can you identify?


Tysons' staff also broadcasted recordings of poets reading their own poems through the speaker system or showed visual poetry clips on their digital display (Billy Collins's animated poetry or Motion Poems for example).







Patrick Henry Library offered “poems for your pocket” – portable, takeaway poems. Each day at closing, staff read a poem aloud instead of playing the customary closing music. Children's poems, Housman, Eliot, Niki Giovanni - something for everyone and an illustration of how poetry speaks in diverse voices to diverse audiences.


 



At Oakton Library, young budding poets had a chance to create their own lines or copy standard classics onto leaves. Pasted onto a branch, they form a "Poetree".





At Richard Byrd Library, staff created spine poems for teens - books stacked so that the title on the spines create poetic messages. Young poets got the chance to share their favorite poems at a well-attended Poetry Slam Café.



Find poetry books in our catalog here. Or link to the American Academy of Poets, who've sponsored the month's activities since 1996 and provide access to a wealth of poems on their website. Poetry month may be ending this week, but it’s always a good time to ponder a good verse.

-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library; Rene Costello, Oakton Library; Vicki Corcoran & Delia Ullbert, Richard Byrd Library; and Vlad Shutov, Tysons-Pimmit Library

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Unlimited Possibilities @ Fairfax County Public Library





This week, Fairfax County Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. 

Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

Here's a reminder of many of the amazing resources available with your library card -

12 Reasons to Love Your Library Card. The Possibilities are Unlimited. 

How can we better serve you? Let us know!
 

Image courtesy of the American Library Association