First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a “national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time for celebrating the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.” Caroline Kennedy [www.afamilyofpoems.com] is this year’s National Library Week Chair.

The Hazy Library and Learning Center is celebrating National Library Week with its first ever photo competition – HOW HAZY ROCKS!  We invite all students to submit a photo showing you interacting in the Hazy Library – studying, reading, presenting, or anything! The possibilities are endless! Submit your photo to either [prlib@erau.edu] or find and like us on the Hazy Learning Facebook page and post your photo there.  Winners of the contest (first, second, third place, plus Participatory Mention) will be celebrated at a reception in the Library Scholar’s Café April 19 at noon. For more information, check out the flyers in the Library and posted around campus.

Other library-related events are also noted during National Library Week (April 14-20):  National Library Workers Day (April 16), National Bookmobile Day (April 17 ) and Support Teen Literature Day (April 18). (Source: [www.ALA.org])

Besides the poets among us at ERAU, how many know that April is also National Poetry Month? The very first National Poetry Month, held in 1996, was first inaugurated by the Academy of National Poets. National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

At the Academy of National Poets webpage [http://www.poets.org], you will find 30 Ways to Celebrate, among them: Memorize a Poem, Put Poetry in an Unexpected Place, Organize a Poetry Reading, Recite a Poem to Family and Friends, Attend a Poetry Reading, Buy a Book of Poems for Your Library, and many more.

In honor of National Poetry Month, students in Dr. Eileen Landis-Groom’s HU 355 class presented original works of poetry and creative writing at the Peregrine Book Company store in downtown Prescott on Wednesday, April 4.

While in the Hazy Library, look for the black column towards the front of the library – here you’ll find Magnetic Poetry words to create your own poetry – or a stanza – with the words you find there.

In April, it’s all about National Library Week and National Poetry Month – reason to celebrate!

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