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As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month.  If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30.  Some will be posted on the website in May!  If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.

If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days.  Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites.  The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point.   But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.

Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.

To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.

Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites:  BBC, TechCrunch,  Heartbleed.

Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and change your passwords.

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It’s safe to say that many poets are creative. In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a look at some of some characteristics that creative people possess according to Huffington Post.  Taking the time for “solitude” and “getting out of their own heads” translates well to reading something new, trying something different, maybe watching a movie by yourself to fully absorb it and get inspired.  Are you creative? Tell us what you do!

If you want to be creative in a structured setting you could always sign up for one of our classes like jewelry making, yarn club, bookclub, bobbin lacemaking… or one of the other great programs we offer.

Find us on Facebook for more ideas.

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The shortlist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals has been announced!  Have you read the books?  Let us know what you think!  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, one of the fiction shortlist selections, is one of our staff picks.  Also on the fiction shortlist are:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The nonfiction shortlist is:

On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

If you’ve read one of these six books and want more, check out these similar nonfiction and fiction titles. 

 

Don’t forget to register for the free SAT review classes being held Tuesday, April 1 (we promise this isn’t a prank) and Saturday, April 5.  You MUST register to attend either class, and we encourage you to come to both and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

We are happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with over 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will also be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.   Those working to improve their prose writing skills are encouraged to attend as well.

Click on the program titles below for more information and to register.

 SAT Review Part I: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 7 – 8 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

 

 SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 11 – 12 pm (Main Library – Community Room)
 
 Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss what’s going on at the Library!

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