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Recommended reading for National Poetry Month

Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

“How to Eat a Poem”

by Eve Merriam

Don’t be polite.

Bite in.

Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that

may run down your chin

It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.

You do not need a knife or fork or spoon

or plate or napkin or tablecloth.

For there is no core

or stem

or rind

or pit

or seed

or skin

to throw away.

All told, the copy I hold in my hand of Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle is not much to look at from the outside. It’s a wide, hardcover book, devoid of any dust jacket, plain and pea-green with boxy gold lettering for the title. But open it up and there is a tantalizing feast of poems waiting to be devoured. Cover of Reflections of a Gift of Watermelon Pickle

In my opinion, this book is ideal for inducting new readers of poetry, young and old alike -- especially those who view poetry as too daunting or  “lofty” for pleasure reading. The first few pages of Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle offer candid advice on how to read a poem without being condescending, finishing with the above poem. It is the first of a collection of pithy verses rife with accessible imagery and evocative cadences that make going through this book feel like rifling through a box of chocolates. Who’d have thought you could feel such a wide range of emotions -- from pity to vulnerability to wonder --  from a description of a giraffe?

It’s also worth mentioning that half of the poems in this book were hand-selected by students and that there are photographs interspersed throughout the pages to help contextualize many of the poems. It’s National Poetry Month -- want to try reading poems for fun? Try Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle. You just might be surprised. 

General interest meeting

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Clip art of a magnifying glass over a stack of books Are you a kid between the ages of 10 - 13 who can't get enough mystery and horror?

Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Understand RapDeciphering hip hop lyrics can be quite the task for someone who does not follow the genre of music.

Rest assured, Understand Rap is a funny read that breaks down some of the most popular, controversial, and humorous rap lines into digestible language even a parent could understand.

Best for teens and older.

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

oam logoMay is Older Americans Month. Since 1963, our nation has designated this month as a time to celebrate the many contributions of older Americans and to focus attention on staying healthy and active.

From 1963 until 1973, May was referred to as Senior Citizens Month. In May 1974, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month. 

Each year, the Administration for Community Living, an organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, selects a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” focuses on injury prevention.

Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Woodridge Interim Library is proud to announce its first bookmark contest for youth and teens in celebration of National Library Week, April 13-19. Design a bookmark that shows what you love about the library! Bookmarks will be judged by staff based on originality, creativity, and application of the theme.

Word art featuring words about public libraries

On Sunday, April 13, we will be having a kick-off event where you can come into the library any time that day and make bookmarks using our craft supplies. However, you can come to the library throughout the week to work on your entry or drop one off made at home.

Thursday, March 27th @ 5 PM

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

music manThe Woodridge Library is introducing a new social club geared to teens within the community. Join us for the first meeting as we talk about our favorite songs, artists, browse music at the library, and via Freegal online!

A special weekend story time in honor of Women's History Month

Published on Friday, March 14, 2014

Cover of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m., young royals between the ages of 3 to 6 years are invited to Woodridge Interim Library for a special princess-themed story time and activity!

An afternoon of anime fun

Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Galiei Donna Join the Woodridge  Interim Library  Anime Club on Saturday, May 15 , at 3 p.m. for a fun afternoon of anime and related discussion pertaining to the genre. The slate of activities are listed below.

Word of the Week: 仲間 Nakama (friend, buddy)

Group Discussion:
Who are most important to a story line........heroes or villains?

Episode Viewings:
Galiei Donna

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Some children who came to the shadow puppet show beside the shadow puppet "stage"

We had a very fun and educational Black History Month here at Woodridge Interim Library this year.

A Book You Should Read!

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UnboredHave you ever been bored out of your mind while looking for something fun and interesting to do?

Authors Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen have just the cure in mind with their book entitled Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. Inside this big red book, you'll find cool activities with the following themes.

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A preview of the shadow puppet show

This Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m., in celebration of Black History Month, we will be having a dramatic reading of stories from Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales, accompanied by shadow puppets.