In April the library started a Poet-Tree to celebrate National Poetry Month. The Wheelock community made blackout poems on leaves cut from old discarded books, and then added those leaves to the Poet-Tree. The tree proved so popular, that we ended up leaving it up through the end of the semester. Just look at how much the tree grew over time!
April 1st, 2016
May 13th, 2016
If you didn’t get a chance to see the tree in person, we’ve got you covered. We documented each unique and creative poem so everyone can read them again and again. Just scroll through below for a closer look!
If you missed out on participating in the Poet-Tree this year, keep an eye our for its return next April 2017!
April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. The Wheelock College Library is celebrating this milestone occasion in several different ways.
Stop by the library any time in the month of April to check out our New England Poets Display celebrating the work of poets living in or inspired by New England. Get lost in the nature and landscapes of New England while reading evocative prose by Robert Frost. Ponder the human condition with works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the founders of the transcendentalist movement. Everything in the display case can be checked out of the library. To take a closer look at something, ask a library staff member for assistance. You can also browse many more books in our poetry section (call number 811) on floor 4M of the library.
Get in touch with your creative side and partake in our Poetry Tree activity. Create your own blackout poem from one of the old book page leaves, or cut out words from an old newspaper to create a poem on a blank leaf. Share it with the Wheelock community by hanging it on our Poetry Tree or take it home to hang in your room. This activity will also be set up for the entire month of April.
There are lots of additional resources on the American Academy of Poets website. For example, April 21st is Poem in your Pocket Day. Learn more about this event here. The American Academy of Poets also provides this handy PFD list of poems for your pocket. The Wheelock Library will have printouts of a selection of these poems available at the service desk on April 21st if you want to stop by and pick one up.
Finally make sure to go to Boston’s National Poetry Month Festival (April 7th – 10th at the Boston Public Library and Northeastern University). You can hear readings by famous poets, attend the 2nd Annual High School Poetry Slam competition, or show off your own skills at Open Mic events.
Hate being led on by a fancy cover, just to find out there’s not much inside?
Maybe you’re still a little caught up on that book from your past? (*cough Harry Potter cough*)
If you’re ready to take a chance on literary love, then stop by the Wheelock College Library and go on a Blind Date with a Book! We guarantee that every book in this display has the potential to make it to the top of your Amazon wish list.
How it Works:
Each wrapped book has a catchy (ok, cheesy) pick-up line which also hints to the book’s contents.
Browse the pick-up lines on each library book and select your perfect reading match—NO PEEKING!
Take the book to the Library Service Desk to check it out
When you get home, unwrap your blind date to meet the book of your dreams
READ AND ENJOY!
The best part is, if things don’t work out, just bring your failed fling back to the library and drop it off. No waterworks, no messy public breakups, and no getting dumped via text message at 4 am. These literomeos will only be around through Valentine’s Day, so come in soon so you’re not left wondering what could have been.
The Boston Red Sox start another season of games at Fenway Park tomorrow, and along with with all the pomp and circumstance that usually comes with the home opener, the players will receive their 2007 World Series rings.
The Library has a range of materials on baseball, which can be found by doing a keyword search for baseball in the catalog and limiting your results to Wheelock. Here’s a selection to get you started:
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. ~ T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland
While we may not agree completely that April is the cruellest month, we do agree that it can be a rough one — the end of the academic year is finally in sight but there’s that last stretch of finals to get through, and the weather is starting to improve but it’s still too soon to pack away your sweaters for fear of a snowstorm.
One way to beat back the cruelty of April is by celebrating National Poetry Month. While we think you should live every month like it’s National Poetry Month, we’re happy to get you started with some suggestions for this year’s observance.
The seventh annual Boston National Poetry Month Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. More than 50 poets are slated to share their work, and an open mike session Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. gives everyone the chance to give voice to their verse. Click here for a full schedule and additional information.
There’s lots of poetry here at the Wheelock College Library. Search the catalog for your favorite authors and collections, or browse the shelves in the 811 call number range to find something new. And don’t forget that children’s poetry isn’t just for children! Check floor 2M for a variety of options.
Poetry can be found everywhere, and we encourage you to seek it out in all its forms