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Earth Day Poetry Contest Winners Announced

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Happy Earth Day! We offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Earth Day Poetry Contest. We were overwhelmed by the many beautiful and intriguing poems that were shared with us. We received thought-provoking poems that caution us to preserve and respect the environment, poems that celebrate animals and natural beauty, we even received a poem that syncs up with a TikTok video! You've made it very difficult for us to choose the winning submissions, because everyone who participated is a winner.

Earth Day Poetry Contest

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Write a poem about the environment, and share it with your library! One winner will be selected from three categories: elementary school, middle and high school, and adult. Submissions will be accepted March 1 through April 16. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

My Favorite New Music of 2020

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Music played an especially important role in my life throughout this past year, given the unusal amount of time I spent at home. I'm happy to have the opportunity to share some of my favorites with you. This list is totally subjective, of course, and I hope that you find something here that you enjoy. There are many more musical artists I could have highlighted (Hum, Lomelda, Jay Som, just to name a few), but the following songs were an integral part of my 2020.

“Loner” - Dehd

10 Great Cover Songs

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In some cases, the definitive version of a song is the cover version. Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” is inarguably the definitive version, despite the fact that it’s a Bob Dylan cover. Some artists, notably Nina Simone, possess an uncanny ability to make every song they performed feel like an original. There is also the equally rare gift of incorporating a known song into an original composition, and making something completely new.

Gothic Jane Austen

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“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

John Ashbery: 1927-2017

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John Ashbery, arguably the dominant voice in American poetry for the last half-century, passed away on September 3, 2017. He was 90 years old. News of his passing brought to mind these closing words from his 1977 poem “Blue Sonata”:


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