Spring evokes the muse. Green things, long buried under ice and cold are awakened through some sweet mystery of God and plant. The sun warms the earth and the heart–in climates like ours there is a shared knowledge that the dark days are past–the streets are full of bikes and the trees full of hammocks.
In the library this month, we joined e. e. cummings in celebrating everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. To us that meant combining the best things April has to offer–the changing season and those who pen it: poets.
The month began with a handful of librarians combining their creative talents and upcycling a bunch of discarded books into beautiful art–giving books a second life through mobiles, lamp shades, and wreaths.
Poetry had a very strong presence throughout the library as well. Favorite lines of poetry were written onto windows, magnetic poetry was available in the lobby, and a poetry book art contest was organized. Students took pages from discarded books and, using the words on the page, traced out a new poetic message.
The winners, announced only a few days ago, were Kyleen Russell & Carlos Martinez.
The month continued with a Spring Fling Primetime event that featured poetry recitations, singing, and plenty of dirt cake.
Angela Shannon’s poetry class also read some of their original works at a special Primetime event last week.
We wrapped up the festivities this week with a plant giveaway–sharing spider plant and pothos clippings from our library’s plants with the students. All 65 plants were gone in less than two days.
We hope you were able to enjoy some of our poetry and spring events with us this month! We enjoyed sharing the joy of warm weather and green things with the Bethel community. If you have any ideas for future events you would like to see in the library, please let us know!
Photo Credit: 1. April Harding 2-4. Erica Ross