Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month – a time set aside every year to celebrate the written word and raise awareness and appreciation of poetry across the United States. Established in 1996, National Poetry Month was inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, celebrated each year in February and March, respectively. In 1995 the Academy of American Poets assembled a group of publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary organizations, poets and teachers to discuss the necessity and usefulness of establishing a yearly, month-long celebration of poetry.

Name the Sculpture

Greetings from the new Kingston library!  We are reveling in all the additional space, seating, and of course, books!  If you have been able to visit, you know just how fabulous it is.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to come see it, do come visit us sometime, especially if you have kids that love jellyfish and naming things…

As anyone who has ever moved knows, it takes some time to fully settle in and get all the little details nailed down.  One detail to decide is a name for the artwork that hangs in the kid’s area: 

Does Your Book Move?

Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book. 

My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down.  The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces.  I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!

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