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07/20/2009 - 10:36am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Elizabeth Bishop, one of our greatest American poets, once wrote a long poem in which the sudden appearance of a moose on a highway creates a community among a group of strangers on a bus. Here Ronald Wallace, a Wisconsin poet, gives us a sighting with similar results.

Sustenance

07/20/2009 - 9:33am

Review a book through the online catalog or in library branches, and your name will be entered into the weekly drawing to win a CRRL prize! [Contest open to VA residents only]  It's fast and easy to enter. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Don't forget to return to the book contest page and let  us know which book you reviewed so you can be entered into the contest. The contest will run through August 31, when the library's summer reading clubs end. It is open to all ages, so start reviewing today!

07/16/2009 - 11:08am

Are you a local author? 
Help us wrap up the Summer Reading Program by being a part of our Book Signing Party at Porter on Saturday, August 22! 

Library patrons will have the opportunity to purchase your work and get your autograph! The party takes place from 2-5pm, and refreshments will be provided.

Call Porter at 540-659-4909 for more information, or to register.

07/16/2009 - 9:29am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

There have been many poems written in which a photograph is described in detail, and this one by Margaret Kaufman, of the Bay Area in California, uses the snapshot to carry her further, into the details of memory.

Photo, Brownie Troop, St. Louis, 1949

07/13/2009 - 11:08am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

When we're young, it seems there are endless possibilities for lives we might lead, and then as we grow older and the opportunities get fewer we begin to realize that the life we've been given is the only one we're likely to get. Here's Jean Nordhaus, of the Washington, D.C. area, exploring this process.

I Was Always Leaving

I was always leaving, I was
about to get up and go, I was
on my way, not sure where.
Somewhere else. Not here.
Nothing here was good enough.

07/15/2009 - 11:09am

Thank you for requesting a book match. If you liked The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, you may also like these titles and authors.

The Gazebo by Emily Grayson

Once a year for fifty years, Martin Rayfiel and Clair Swift have met at the gazebo in the square of a small town, but this year, they do not show, and it is up to Abby Reston, the local newspaper editor, to piece together the puzzle of these two lovers. (Catalog summary)


Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

07/01/2009 - 3:10pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

There's lots of literature about the loss of innocence, because we all share in that loss and literature is about what we share. Here's a poem by Alexandra Teague, a San Franciscan, in which a child's awakening to the alphabet coincides with another awakening: the unsettling knowledge that all of us don't see things in the same way.

Language Lessons

06/23/2009 - 10:14am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Coleman Barks, who lives in Georgia, is not only the English language's foremost translator of the poems of the 13th century poet, Rumi, but he's also a loving grandfather, and for me that's even more important. His poems about his granddaughter, Briny, are brim full of joy. Here's one:

Glad

In the glory of the gloaming-green soccer
field her team, the Gladiators, is losing

ten to zip. She never loses interest in
the roughhouse one-on-one that comes

06/18/2009 - 9:21am

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Sometimes, it's merely the sound of a child's voice in a nearby room that makes a parent feel immensely lucky. To celebrate Father's Day, here's a joyful poem of fatherhood by Todd Boss, who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This Morning in a Morning Voice

12/06/2010 - 1:08pm

Thanks for e-mailing us for a Book Match. You did not give a title or author for a match, but just noted that you wanted historical fiction.

There are many types of historical fiction, and you may want to give us more specifics so we can narrow down the choices! But, here are a few general resources that may be helpful to you:

Historical Fiction Booklists

Historical Novels Database

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