Wednesday, April 14, 2010

High School Essay Contest: Win an iPad

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Shmoop announces their first essay contest for high school students.  In 500 or fewer words answer this question :

In Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” …

Examine the relationship between the speaker in the poem and his environment, which includes not only the woods themselves but his horse, the owner of the woods, and the community. Include in your discussion an examination of Frost’s use of language and imagery, focusing on how these contribute to the meaning of the poem and help him to achieve his purpose. Be sure to support your ideas with evidence from the poem. 


Shmoop Contest Information  Entry deadline: May 28, 2010

New Fiction Books ready for check-out

New Fiction was processed and added to the Young Adult collection today.  Check out the Fresh Fiction display in the YA area on the 2nd floor.  Here are a few of the books:

Ranger's Apprentice #7: Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April is National Poetry Month

A display of poetry books is up in the Young Adult area.  Come early to get your books for your poetry project.  Books with haiku, acrostics, limericks, sonnets, and ballads going fast.

Do you know who our current United States Poet Laureate is? 
We have some of her books:           Kay Ryan books
Here is a link to NY Times articles:  Kay Ryan articles
Following is one of her poems:  

Intention doesn't sweeten.
It should be picked young
and eaten. Sometimes only hours
separate the cotyledon
from the wooden plant.
Then if you want to eat it,
you can't.
                                                    -- Kay Ryan

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9 of the Weirdest Poems You Will Ever Read: Weird Poems

Monday, April 5, 2010

Andre Norton books added to the Young Adult fiction collection

I am excited to report that several out-of-print Andre Norton books were added to the Young Adult collection last week. (Just in time for the 7th grade Science Fiction reading assignment.)  Although these books were cataloged as Science Fiction when they were first published, they are as much fantasy as they are science fiction.  For those who enjoy science fiction or fantasy, I highly recommend any of Ms. Norton's books.