Dame Judi Dench learns a poem or new word every day to keep her mind active. Neuroscience shows that reading stimulates the brain and creates empathy in readers. We challenge you to take what we’re calling the Judi Dench Challenge: read a new poem or book this week and give it your deep attention – it’s good for you!
We have several poetry books and collections, start around 811 in the stacks and browse. You could also check out the Poem-A-Day website, which will deliver a poem everyday to your inbox (run by Poets.org). In 813 there are short story collections if you’re in the mood for something short and sweet. Or, try a novel in verse like The Marlowe Papers, Triangles, or Only Revolutions to read something a little bit different.