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Four Academic Libraries that Do Poetry Month Right

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students singing in a poetry month performance

Each year, the Academy of American Poets promotes National Poetry Month in April to highlight the achievements of American poets and encourage the appreciation and reading of poetry. Academic libraries have some great programming opportunities to join in on the celebration. Here are some examples of programming from four diverse academic libraries.

'Street Cred' Librarianship: An Interview on Forging Community Partnerships

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Sonya Durney

What does it take to host community-centric programs that are also well-attended? Sonya Durney is a librarian at Portland Public Library (PPL) in Portland, Maine. As the library’s business and government team leader, she plans programs covering entrepreneurship, politics, finance and career resources.

Adventure Club Travels to Cuba

Adventure Club Travels to Cuba

Each month during the school year, a group of 20 to 30 children grades K through 4 gather at Skokie Public Library on a Friday evening for Adventure Club. This longstanding, hour-long program gives elementary-aged youth the opportunity to explore and experience some of the culture, traditions, food, and pastimes of countries and cultures across the world.

Turning Library Walls into Community Art Exhibits

MCPL partnered with a local art organization to revamp its blank wall.

This isn’t exactly a lemons-into-lemonade story. More specifically, it’s one of those "blank wall transforms into a community art gallery and arts-centered program series" kind of stories.

Katie Gregory, the Mid-Continent Public Library's (MCPL) Liberty Branch assistant manager, was faced with a problem. The wall in the Wi-Fi study space at the branch was uninspiring — some might venture so far as to call it stark and depressing. In short, it was blank.

Women's History Month: Inspirational Book and Program Pairings

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Celebrate Women's History Month in March

Book-based programs are a timeless way to rejuvenate collections and highlight points of view that are as diverse as your patrons. With Women's History Month just around the corner, now is a good time to begin thinking about how to incorporate female voices into your programs.

Here's a starter list of sample books and complementary program ideas to get those creative juices flowing:

Taking Care of Us

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Every library has its spikes and lulls of programs, traffic and behind-the-scenes craziness. Some staff feel like they are running full-throttle almost constantly, while others feel immobilized when the quiet time comes because there is just so much to catch up on they don’t even know where to start. No matter where you are on this libraryland rollercoaster, the reality is that many of us feel exhausted and overwhelmed. So exhausted and overwhelmed we might not even bother reading to the end of this blog post. I live there, too. 

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