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08/25/2009 - 5:01pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

This column originates on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and at the beginning of each semester, we see parents helping their children move into their dorm rooms and apartments and looking a little shaken by the process. This wonderful poem by Sue Ellen Thompson of Maryland captures not only a moment like that, but a mother’s feelings as well.

Helping My Daughter Move into Her First Apartment

This is all I am to her now:
a pair of legs in running shoes,

12/09/2010 - 12:22pm

If you are looking for a book like The Tale of Despereaux, you may like

Redwall by Brian Jacques.

The peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of an evil rat and his villainous hordes. Matthias, a young mouse, seeks the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which he thinks will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy. This is the first of many books in the Redwall series.

 

Here is a possible match for City of Ember:

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

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Lady J by L. Divine

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16 Isn’t Always Sweet by Cassandra Carter.

 

08/24/2009 - 3:15pm

When Frank McCourt passed last month, he left behind memoirs filled with anguish, love, and dark merriment.  Personal experiences are what this Irish-American author took and shaped into works of sorrowful beauty.

08/18/2009 - 10:44am

 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

It’s been sixty-odd years since I was in the elementary grades, but I clearly remember those first school days in early autumn, when summer was suddenly over and we were all perched in our little desks facing into the future. Here Ron Koertge of California gives us a glimpse of a day like that.


First Grade

08/13/2009 - 1:41pm

 Wrap up the Summer Reading Program with us. Local authors will have copies of their books available to purchase (autographs are free). Refreshments will be served. All ages. Saturday, August 22, 2:00-5:00 at Porter Branch. If you have any questions, please stop by or call the Reference Desk at 659-4909.

08/20/2009 - 3:26pm

Alastair Reynolds is a Welsh astrophysicist who writes spectacular stories and novels about the future. A future where there are several types of humans, and not all of them get along. Interstellar travel is possible; it will take a while, even on a lighthugger, traveling just under light speed. Orbital habitats form the Glitter Band above the planet Yellowstone in the Epsilon Eridani system, all doomed. They just don’t know it yet. 

08/10/2009 - 12:59pm

 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE 


For over forty years, Mark Vinz, of Moorhead, Minnesota—poet, teacher, publisher—has been a prominent advocate for the literature of the Upper Great Plains. Here’s a recent poem that speaks to growing older.


Cautionary Tales

12/06/2010 - 2:37pm

I really am glad you asked about this book, because I had not heard of it before! So, now I'm learning about a new author.

08/03/2009 - 4:11pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE 

I don’t often mention literary forms, but of this lovely poem by Cecilia Woloch I want to suggest that the form, a villanelle, which uses a pattern of repetition, adds to the enchantment I feel in reading it. It has a kind of layering, like memory itself. Woloch lives and teaches in southern California. 

My Mother’s Pillow 

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