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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and is, appropriately, this month's special book display at the Marysville library.
For 5,000 years, in every era of civilization and in every culture, there has been poetry. We can rediscover Tennyson, Dickinson, Chaucer and Sandburg. We can discover LiPo, Neruda, Sappho and Sandra Cisneros. There is a reason why "Beowulf" (probably written in the early 8th century) spent weeks on the New York Times bestseller list with Seamus Heaney's gripping new translation. There is a reason your kids love Shel Silverstein...and you will too. There are love poems, war poems, dog poems and "Good Poems" (selected by Garrison Keillor for recitation on his radio show "The Writers Almanac"). Poems can take days to recite (the Mahabharata) or a few seconds (haiku): can produce guffaws (Edward Lear) and tears (Wilfred Owen); can charm a child ("Poems for the Very Young") and remind you why you married ("The 100 Best Love Poems of all Time"); can...well, you get the picture.
Poetry from differnet countries, cultures and times can help us make a connection, an understanding of ourselves and others. Just as Chaucer's travelers set off in the month of April on their wonderful adventure, so may you.

Friday, March 27, 2009

National Library Workers Day

Tuesday, April 14 is going to be recognized by the American Library Association as National Library Workers Day. Here is a fun website that tells you all about it. As someone who reads this blog, you are already a Marysville Library fan.

Do you have a favorite library worker? Did someone go out of their way to help you? Does someone at the library always make your day whenever you come in? Please nominate your favorite library worker and tell the world how great they are.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I Want a Book Like. . .

When was the last time you read a book that was so terrific you couldn't wait to get your hands on another one just like it? Luckily, finding titles that are similar to those you have enjoyed is only a few mouse clicks away with a computer and access to the Internet. Beginning with the Sno-Isle website (, hover your mouse over the Research Tools tab, click on Databases and Research, then choose the subject category of Arts and Humanities. Scroll down in that list and click on Novelist Plus. This handy resource allows you to find author and title read-alikes and can open up a whole new world of possibility based on a favorite read. is commonly used to purchase books, but you can also use the "customers who bought this item also bought. . . " feature to see what other like-minded readers are choosing. And oftentimes at the end of an author search, you can find similar titles/authors that match the subject category of the book you couldn't put down.

If both of the above attempts fail to produce reading material to your liking, you can troll the depths of the Internet using and a simple word-search string. Try using the phrase if you liked followed by the title or author. The word readalike/s paired with an author or title is also useful for retrieving lists of similar titles or authors. And if you want certain search terms to stay together in the results, be sure to use quotation marks.

But for those of you who prefer to interact with a live person for reading recommendations, there's always your local library, where staff members are not only personally well-read, but also adept at using all available resources to get just the right book into your hands.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Little Creativity...

Just as most Americans are currently watching their wallet and trying to cut out unnecessary expenses, I also continually try to find ways that I can save a buck or two. One thing I've found that was an easy money-saving fix is greeting cards. By using some leftover scrapbooking materials, markers, magazine clippings and other fun remnants I've been able to create fun, unique and very personal greeting and thank-you cards for friends and family.

Whether you need help getting started, or just for inspiration, the library has a varied and exciting collection of greeting card books to help you create that perfect card.

Create a Card with stickers, stencils and stamps by Stephanie Weightman offers ideas for beautiful, simple cards for any occassion. Full color photos and descriptions of steps allows you to easily follow along.

Quick & Clever Instant Cards: over 100 fast-to-make handmade designs and ideas by Julie Hickey includes ideas for a variety of card types, sizes and shapes. Full color photos included.

If you want to go beyond just cards and include gift wrap and more you may want to try out Paula Pascual's Creative Cards: 40 projects for handmade invitations, greeting cards, gift wrap and more. Full color photos show steps, worksheets and budget/shopping lists are also included. A fun way to personalize a party or a birthday gift.

Or if you just want that "wow" factor, try pop-up cards. Jo F. Mathieson's Pop-Up Cards: 19 spectacular 3D greeting cards. Fun, whimsical designs for a variety of occassions including new baby, new driver, birthday, wedding and thinking of you. Full color photos and detailed instructions will help you make greeting cards that your friends and family will remember.
Another place to get ideas and inspiration is the internet. Joann Fabric & Craft stores have a projects section that includes cardmaking. Click here to check it out. Or try Michael's Arts & Crafts store card idea page here.

So whether you're trying to save a dime or just want another way to show your friends and family you care and use your creativity, try a home-made greeting card---and stop by the library to find books, ideas and inspiration!