World Poetry Day

Today, Saturday March 21, is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day. A day to take stock of how poetry affirms our common humanity. Poetry may be song or prose. It may be read or spoken. But no matter its form, it connects us to our deepest internal experiences, dreams, desires, hopes and aspirations through the words of another … giving us confirmation that we are indeed never alone, no matter how much we may feel that we are.

“Every form of poetry is unique, but each reflects the universal of the human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders of time, as well as space in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family. That’s the power of poetry!”

—  Audrey Azoulay, Director-General UNESCO, on the occasion of 2019 World Poetry Day

So, consider taking a moment to write a poem or to read a poem or to simply lose yourself in your favorite song and know that in so doing you are tapping into an energy that unites us all.

We invite you to enjoy the following poem by Kurt Vonnegut and come check out the poetry books we have here at the library.

JOE HELLER

True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead,
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter Island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!

 

Kurt Vonnegut

The New Yorker, May 16, 2005

Recommended Poetry Books:

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

For Everyone, Jason Reynolds

Shout, Laurie Halse Anderson

Imperfect: poems about mistakes: an anthology for middle schoolers, Tabatha Yeatts, editor

Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love, Pat Mora

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, Amanda Lovelace

Light Filters In: Poems, Caroline Kaufman

Teen Technology

 

Hello again teens! Spring is in the air and it is time we start the buzz around Summer Reading! You have a lot of fun activities to look forward to this summer! But in order to best utilize our Teen Room supplies, this month we are having a Technology Fair! It is important to know what resources we always have on hand for teens to play around with, especially because a lot of our technology is stored in the office. This post is about the different technologies we have available for teens that you may not have known about. Also, we will be showcasing these technologies at our upcoming Teen Technology Fair on Wednesday, March 18, 1:30-5pm! Let’s jump into it!

Sphero

For those of you who have never seen one, a Sphero is a little BB8-like robot that you control on the iPads. These programmable robots are a STEAM-based educational tool that transform the way kids learn, create and invent through coding, science, music and the arts. We have two of them in the Teen Room along with Sphero obstacle course equipment, so they are really fun to explore with a friend!


Ozobots

Ozobots are like itty-bitty Roomba (minus the vacuuming) that follow lines. These little guys are much more than that, though. They will follow any line you make and help educate you about coding concepts. This is an awesome little robot for someone who enjoys problem solving, as it is excellent at showing how to work through things like cause/effect and debugging. Ozobots are yet another great hands-on robot!

LittleBits

If you have not played around with LittleBits, boy are you missing out! These little doodads are so much fun and so easy to use! They are preprogrammed gadgets that you put together to make different customizable inventions. Each LittleBit says what it does, then you connect the bits together till you make the invention you desire. And the best part is that they’re magnetic, so if you’re worried you might get lost or hook something up wrong, you can’t! The magnets won’t let you! You should absolutely fidget with this next time you visit the library!

Robotics

Thames and Kosmos Robotics are a fun spin on your basic DIY robot. With 8 sample projects of different robots to build, these robots are great for anyone who loves building things. The twist on these robots is in the power supply. The motor uses ultrasonic technology so that it can sense movement and sound. Plus, you can connect it on the iPad and control its programming and movement even more!

3D Pens

These cool little gadgets don’t need much introduction, as the name is in the title. 3D Pens! These awesome pens allow you to draw on and off the page. Draw vertically. Draw horizontally. The sky is the limit! 3D Pens work like a hot glue gun, but with fast-cooling plastic. The possibilities are endless!

 

Lego Robotics

Let your inner builder unleash the creative powers of Lego Mindstorms! Build robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. These retro robots are an awesome resource for those of you who have Lego nostalgia.