It’s the end of National Poetry Month.  What did you read?  Did you keep up with the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?  Or did you check out Poetry 180 run by Billy Collins while he was the Poet Laureate? Or maybe you found a new poet or read some of your favorites.  Did you try a novel in verse?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 did you share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  You can still email your poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you  today!  Some will be posted on the website in May!

Let us know what you did!

If someone checked out the novel in verse we recommended before, try again, they’re all well worth the read!

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.

 

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

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For whatever reason, boys (generally speaking) don’t read as much as their female counterparts.  Happily, there are a growing number of resources dedicated to finding books for young(er) male readers, like Guys Read, Books 4 Boys, Best Books For Boys, Booksforboys.com, and Read Kiddo Read.   Some of them break up recommendations by what’s in them like dragons, aliens, at least one explosion, etc.  Book recommendations cover a wide range of ages from toddler through the teen years, so try some of these titles today.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sites for girl readers too.  Like Empowering Books for Girls, A Mighty Girl, and Scholastic recommendations for girls.

Still having trouble convincing them to read? Why not try a book trailer?  It’s exactly like a movie trailer, but for books.  Drum up some excitement so they know what they’re reading will be action packed, or have dinosaurs, or what have you.  Try sites like Book Trailers for Readers or Slime Kids. You can always search for a particular books title + “book trailer”.  For example, you could type “green eggs and ham book trailer” into the search bar of Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine.

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Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer, and the staff member who recommended her loves all of her work (except The Poisonwood Bible, but try that too).  We recommend her work, especially Animal Dreams which is a stand alone novel about a woman returning home to confront her past and her distant father.  She finds a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, startling clues to her own identity, and a man who could change the course of her life.  It’s a quick read and the characters will stay with you forever.

Find Barbara’s books in the Catalog

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To those of you celebrating the holiday, Happy Easter! We hope you have a safe and wonderful day.

If you’ll be stuck in the car on the way to Aunt Sally’s, don’t forget to bring something to keep you and your family entertained for the ride, like one of our audiobooks.

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky.  Salt is about the history of salt and it’s impact on human society over the years- it has been used as currency, influenced trade routes and cities, started wars, secured empires… and more.  Sound intriguing? It is, our staffer can’t stop raving about it.  Check it out today!

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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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