By Andrea Smalley
After this icy winter of the polar vortex, multiple snow days and shocking wind chills, the Vicksburg District Library is celebrating spring in many different ways.
April is not only the first full month of spring, it is also National Poetry Month, “when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture,” according to http://www.poets.org.
At the Vicksburg District Library, Director John Sheridan is celebrating National Poetry Month by creating a poetry display to introduce or reacquaint patrons with some of history’s most talented poets. Additionally, this month’s Brown Bag Book Club, which will meet at noon on Monday, April 21, will discuss some of their favorite poems and books of poetry. Everyone is invited.
Along with National Poetry Month, April is also a time to celebrate libraries. National Library Week is April 13-19, with the theme, Lives Change @ Your Library. The Vicksburg District Library will celebrate with a special program for younger readers: “Pawsome Readers.”
During Pawsome Readers, trained therapy dogs will visit the library on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Parents of emerging readers can make an appointment for their little ones to come in and read to a puppy friend. Little ones are also invited to story times, which will have a spring theme throughout April.
April in Michigan also means spring sunshine and spring showers. For those who celebrate the warmer weather by gardening, the Vicksburg District Library will display books on gardening, from novice to expert level.
Those who like to escape the rain with a good movie may want to check out the display on books to movies, showcasing films based on books, from classics like “The Grapes of Wrath” to brand new books and films like “The Hunger Games : Catching Fire.”
Poetry, puppies, gardens, films, and, of course, books are just a few of the ways the Vicksburg District Library will celebrate spring. How will you?