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Staff Pick of the Week: The Bard, Shel Silverstein, & Tyrannasaurus Was a Beast

For this week’s National Poetry Month Poet-themed staff pick of the week, we are highlighting 3 prominent and very different poets.  One is the widely acclaimed Shel Silverstein, the immortal bard William Shakespeare, and the popular children’s poet Jack Prelutsky. Silverstein is well known for his children’s poetry collections A Light […]


Staff Pick of the Week: The Poet Billy Collins

It’s National Poetry Month, and who better to be the poet of the week then one of the most popular poets in America.  Billy Collins has said about his poetry that it is “suburban, it’s domestic, it’s middle class, and it’s sort of unashamedly that.” Accessible, delightful, and celebrating and mourning the […]


Staff Pick of the Week: The Poet Rumi

Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, most commonly referred to as Rumi, was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi Mystic, among other things.  His poetry covers a wide range of topics, and are amazingly relatable and full of advice centuries later.  These two collections showcase this magnificent poet’s work. […]

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Staff Pick of the Week: The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

  This week’s staff pick kicks off a loose series (meaning that they all occupy the same world but aren’t about the same characters), so you don’t have to read them in order.  The Fairy Godmother looks into what happens when fairy tales go wrong, and how you can change your […]


Staff Pick of the Week: The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

This is an easily readable novel in verse, and the staffer who read this absolutely loved this version of the Shakespeare authorship question and wishes it were true. “On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official […]