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Great Lines of Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! With 2 days left to go, what better time to start celebrating? Rather than share one specific poem, I thought I’d present you with a few lovely sentences from various poems that have stuck with me over the years. “I wish I had a heart like yours, Walt Whitman” -Jude […]

April 29th, 2013

Just write! National Poetry Month

April was declared National Poetry Month 17 years ago by the Academy of American Poets. I’m lucky enough to know Jennifer Benka, the Academy’s executive director, and I was thrilled to hear her on PBS the other day. I was excited that she didn’t focus on all the reasons that poetry is important! meaningful! crucial!. […]

April 5th, 2013

Women’s History Month: Emily Dickinson

In thinking about Women’s History Month, I have been contemplating some of the great women writers–selfishly focusing on the ones who are most meaningful to me.  Because I have been in a fever of reading adult poetry, I’ve been thinking about adult authors in the Children’s Room. Particularly Emily Dickinson. She’s a great poet to […]

March 7th, 2013

April is National Poetry Month

Every year, as the daffodils pop up, our national literary attention turns to poetry. This annual ritual gives us a chance to highlight some the great poetry books we have in the Children’s Room. I wanted to highlight a couple of my favorites: Here’s a little poem : a very first book of poetry, collected by […]

April 5th, 2012
Teen poetry slam

First Friday: Slam Poetry Competition

Doors open at 6:30 for pre-registered guests; 6:45 for everyone else Competition begins right at 7pm Raw, intimate, musical, insightful, dynamic . . . on Friday March 3, the Library is continuing its popular First Friday series with a Poetry Slam.  Fourteen poets, chosen from high schools around Marin, will use their writing and performance […]

February 29th, 2012
One Crazy Summer

February is African American History Month

February is a time to honor and celebrate the history, culture and literature of African Americans. In the Children’s Room we don’t restrict our celebration to just February, and indeed we cannot separate African Americans from American culture, but we do look forward to February as a time to highlight some of our favorite books […]

February 1st, 2012

And the winners are…

This morning, Monday, January 23rd, the major children’s literary awards were announced at the American Library Association conference in Dallas. For months, children’s librarians have been reading, discussing and blogging about possible contenders and now we know! Today, I’ll look at the ‘big two’ for children’s literature – the Caldecott and Newbery awards – and […]

January 23rd, 2012
girl who loved wild horses cover

100 Great Children’s Books

100 Great Children’s Books Over the last year, we have shared with you one hundred children’s books that we love. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our posts, and that you have discovered or re-discovered books that you love too. We will be launching our new Children’s Room blog this week – it will include themed […]

January 7th, 2012