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April 3, 2010 / Christian M.

April is….

…. National Poetry Month.

In the adult services section, I set up a display of some of our poetry books including:

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

Mercy by Lucille Clifton

Bicyles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices by Walter Dean Myers

A Poem Traveled Down My Arm by Alice Walker

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks by Gwendolyn Brooks

Chocolate Thoughts by S. James Guitard

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

I am interested to see if the display interests anyone. To be honest, most adults come in to use the computers, read the paper, or check out the latest urban novels. Poetry does not seem to be high on most people’s lists.  🙂  But hey, I could be wrong. If I don’t see any books moving after week or so, then I will change the display to a different subject.  The most frustrating part of working in a small branch is the limited selection. There are a lot of good collections of poetry in the library system and most of them are not here because either they were not purchased for this branch…or they have “disappeared” …. or they were weeded from lack of circulation.

In the children’s section I also have a small poetry display which includes:

Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes

The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman

Love To Langston by Tony Medina

Keep Climbing, Girls by Beah Richards

There Is A Flower At The Tip of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker

Dinosaurs Galore! by Andreae Giles

I’m not as worried about the children’s display. All the books are very bright and colorful, and in general the children’s displays get a lot of use.

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