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The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

Calling All Would-Be Poets: Your chance to learn more about the benefits of reading and writing poetry is this Wednesday at the Elm Grove Public Library.

Are you interested in poetry but have always been too intimidated to give it a try? Perhaps you are a longtime reader and writer of poetry and are always eager for more. Either way, the Elm Grove Library is the place to be tomorrow evening, as the Friends of the Elm Grove Library present an evening with Dr. Ed Block, Emeritus Professor of English at Marquette University.

The name of the program is “Poetry as Exploration and Discovery,” and it will be taking place on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm in the O’Neill Room of the Elm Grove Public Library. This is your chance to come and appreciate poetry in a one hour, interactive experience. A variety of poems - some fun, some thought-provoking, and all engaging – will be read and discussed by Dr. Block. He will demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can be an exercise in creativity as well as a means of self-discovery. Dr. Block has published dozens of poems and has taught creative writing for many years at Marquette University. This program is free and open to the public, and no experience is necessary. For more information, visit friendsofelmgrovelibrary.org or call (262) 782-6717.

Following the evening, information will be available on an upcoming 4 week series workshop introducing the art of writing poetry, taught by Dr. Block, and offered through the Elm Grove Recreation Department.

The Elm Grove Public Library also has an excellent selection of both poetry books, and guides to reading and writing poetry of all types for all ages. Your chance to further your understanding of the beauty of poetry begins with Dr. Block’s program and continues on the shelves of the library. Here are just a few of the poetry books and guides available for check out at the today:

Poetry: An Introduction, edited by Michael Meyer

Flexible enough for any poetry course, this text is designed to make you a lifelong lover of poetry. It combines classic poetry with today’s hippest verse, mixing in delicious portions of contemporary life, humor, and universal themes. In-depth chapters on authors such as Emily Dickinson and Billy Collins reveal the real-life contexts in which poets create.

How to Write, Recite, and Delight in All Kinds of Poetry, by Joy Hulme and Donna Guthrie

How to write, recite, and delight in all kinds of poetry

Within an open, appealing, and approachable format, this attractive book uses poems written by children in early elementary grades as examples of the various poetic forms. Selections by Hulme and Guthrie are also used to illustrate specific points of instruction. Throughout, small reproductions of paintings accompany discussions of mood, form, perspective, etc. The examples are appropriate for many age levels and suit the subject matter well.

Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again, edited by Roger Housden

Ten poems to change your life again and again

Every great poem invites us to step beyond what we know, what we think we can dream or dare. Great poetry is a catalyst for change: a change of mind, a change of heart, a change of life- and yes, over and over, again and again, with each new reading, and each new phase of our journey. That’s why poetry is dangerous. It gives voice to our unspoken dreams; it is a mirror to our own deepest joys, desires, and sorrows. It can tip us over into a new life, into a new way of seeing and being, that a moment ago we might even have had no words for. In this new volume of his Ten Poems series, Roger Housden takes ten great poems and in personal, intimate essays shows how they led him, and can also lead us, into a more deeply lived and examined life.

Good Poems, selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor

Good poems

Good Poems includes verse about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendance. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. It's a book of poems for anybody who loves poetry whether they know it or not.

A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein

A light in the attic

With 12 never-before-published poems, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection, from the creator of Where the Sidewalk ends and Falling Up. Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.

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