We are going to create a Community Crowd-Sourced Poem by everyone who is willing sending a sentence (or two) to the library on the subject of New Beginnings. Inspired by author Kwame Alexanders crowd-sourced poems for NPR, we are going to write our own community poem.
Poet Ron Koertge initiated this idea for the South Pasadena Public Library. He writes: “beginnings mean different things to different people. Planting a garden is for sure a new beginning.
So is adopting a dog or cat. Quitting one job and getting another. A father makes a different sandwich for his kids’ lunch. Someone says she’s sorry and wants to start over. What does beginning mean to you? Send me some ideas, please, and let’s see if I can turn them into a poem. If you need a prompt, start like this: 'A beginning is…'. Pretend we’re sitting around a fire and we’re writing a story together. Not my story, but ours.”
People of all ages, from children to seniors, are encouraged to contribute. The crowdsourced community poem will be published on the Library’s website during National Poetry Month in April. Contributions are due by Friday, April 16.
You can submit your lines in three ways:
Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Beginning.
Mail it to: Jeudevine Library PO Box 536 Hardwick, VT 05843.
Drop off into the library book return in an envelope with the word "Beginning".
Contributors will be recognized by name unless anonymity is requested.
For more information call the library at 472-5948.
Share your poetry in a round-robin, open mic poetry share at the Atkins Field Pavilion. It’s the Bard’s Birthday! The Bard? Yes, William Shakespeare’s birthday.
The share will take place rain or shine! Bring a chair. If you want to read, call or email the library to get on the list. Everyone who wants to read will read. We’ll go around in a circle reading one poem each and if there is enough time we’ll all read another poem.
Open to all ages.
Call: 472-5948 or email: email@example.com to sign-up.
Friday, May 7th at 5:15 PM:
Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
by David Montgomery
Join our May book discussion to celebrate International Compost Week: May 2nd through May 8th! The book is Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David Montgomery.
Montgomery travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he sees why adopting the three tenets of conservation agriculture―ditching the plow, planting cover crops, composting and growing a diversity of crops―is the solution. When farmers restore fertility to the land, this helps feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to family farms.
The book discussion will happen at the Atkins Field Pavilion rain or shine.
If you would like to attend the discussion, call the library to get a copy of the book at 472-5948 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Bag Questionnaire
For Adults Now, Too!
Click here or on the image above to fill out the form and we'll fill up a bag of books or you to check out!
On Race and Racism
2020 has given us a global pandemic and a global uprising of anti-racism around the world and especially in the United States. Under normal circumstances, the library would be the place you could turn to for community gatherings and conversations but our doors remain closed, for now, while we figure out how to safely re-open. The Jeudevine Memorial Library strives to be a place where all people feel welcome no matter the color of your skin, religious affiliation, income level, sexual orientation, gender, or your political persuasion. The library is a place to learn about history, current events, dreams of what the future might be, and to build awareness and knowledge.
Some of us are already actively working toward racial justice, others have just begun. Some have not yet started. No matter where you are at right now or what your age or reading level is, we have books ranging from exploring the history of race in America to books on anti-racism as well as exploring these issues, and the lives of Black people around the world, through fiction. Contact the library for help finding the books you would like to read.
We would be happy to try to interlibrary loan any titles that we don't have in our collection. Ask us!
Below are just a few titles on the subject that we have available at the library - you can reserve them by searching our catalog, or calling/texting the library (472-5948 - be sure to give your name if texting):
Adult fiction titles:
YA/middle grade fiction titles:
YA/middle grade non-fiction titles:
Curbside Library Hours:
Phone: (802) 472-5948
Address: Jeudevine Memorial Library
93 North Main St.
P.O. Box 536
Hardwick, VT 05843