Bobby Crawford & Kieran Collier- “Legos (Unfinished Masterpieces)” performed as part of the Group Piece Showcase during semifinals at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

Warning: Contains language not suitable for children

18 April 2014 ·

littlebrown:

We’re getting ready for Easter with some peep dioramas. These little chickadees are hanging out in the refrigerator reading Egg by Michael Ruhlman. Art by meghanagain
Hats off to washingtonpost for running the Peep Diorama contest every year!

littlebrown:

We’re getting ready for Easter with some peep dioramas. These little chickadees are hanging out in the refrigerator reading Egg by Michael Ruhlman. Art by meghanagain

Hats off to washingtonpost for running the Peep Diorama contest every year!

16 April 2014 ·

"Grandma and Grandpa
came over.
I was excited so
I wagged my tail a lot.
I guess I got
carried away because
grandma and grandpa
flew out the window.”
"Grandma and Grandpa" by Leon, age 10

"Grandma and Grandpa

came over.

I was excited so

I wagged my tail a lot.

I guess I got

carried away because

grandma and grandpa

flew out the window.”

"Grandma and Grandpa" by Leon, age 10

(Source: wordsofleon)

16 April 2014 ·

littlebrown:

Peep Music: A peep diorama celebrating Frog Music by Emma Donoghue.
We’ll be posting more peep dioramas this week as it gets closer to Easter. You can see them all here.

littlebrown:

Peep Music: A peep diorama celebrating Frog Music by Emma Donoghue.

We’ll be posting more peep dioramas this week as it gets closer to Easter. You can see them all here.

(via powells)

15 April 2014 ·

Poem Written by a Student after the Boston Marathon Bombing

"The last student to present was SW. She approached the microphone and nonchalantly stated, “I wrote this last night.” I was skeptical of the poem following this omission. When, she started it became clear that she wrote this poem last night because she was grappling with and processing as best as anyone could the recent Boston Marathon Bombings."

The Land Of Things Come Undone by SW

Boom. Boom. Goes the finish line

And I’m on the road

Driving towards the only home I know

And I’m calm

Scroll goes the social media

And I’m home

Clinging to the smells I hold so deeply

The smells that linger on my clothes

Intertwined dog hairs and Momma’s home cooked meals

I’m waiting for panic to set in, but like the trains underground, my mind won’t let itself venture

Click goes the Television

Blurred shots from panicked video men at the scene

Anger sets in as I pick up the shoes which lie, sporadically strewn across the road

as if a bomb hit Foot Locker

and I remember the girl who I will never see at the dance studio again

her legs torn – almost to the point of amputation

and I’m coming undone

But wait..

Static sadness rushes through my veins

And I’m coming undone

Days filled with “i’m glad you’re okay” and “how you holdin up”

But it’s not over

And I’m waiting

Lying awake in my bed I can feel the tension as it boils, entering my heart’s different ventricles I hear it

Soft but sturdy,

Loud but bearable

Boom

And I’m coming undone

Blood stirring, heart spinning I count

One, Two, Thr- Sirens

Brain expanding, pins dropping

And it speaks again

Boom

and I’m down the stairs, calm and swiftly

Click goes the television

And the chase is on

Clinging to my father’s steady beating

As shots fire blocks away

I murmur the words I never thought I would hear myself say

I don’t feel safe here..

But the search is on and I’m still beating

The search is on and I’m not the only one scared

I must remain calm

Rise and shine and the photos are up

Rise and Shine and the spa music has halted abruptly

Leading me to answer the only other noise that I can bear

Ring, Ring

“I know him”

Buzz Buzz

“He’s my friend”

Click Click

“He’s one of us”

Scroll goes the social media

Killer on the loose Everyone stay inside

But I don’t feel unsafe

Because he’s one of us.. isn’t he?

And my mind is expanding

Neurons are connecting and I realize we can’t be one in the same

But we are Cambridge

We are open minded hipsters and bad mouthing “real talk” rappers

We are Ethiopians, Brazilians, Japanese, Chinese, and yes, Muslims..

And here I am stuck wondering if he’s at his best friends- three houses down from mine

And if so, what is he thinking?

Are you thinking about Ms. Davis and how she always told you you had a bright future?

Are you thinking about last saturday?

How your friends dapped you up and said peace out for the last time

Pondering the words that were ingrained in your mind from the past 4 years

Diversity. Opportunity. Respect.

Are you thinking about izzy’s jamaican patties?

The way your mouth watered as your teeth bit into the after school treat

Lockdown is lifted and I’m still not petrified

Because

my brother was friends with him

And my neighbor had sleepovers with him

And my crushes played video games with him

So he must be one of us..

And I’m coming undone

Bang Bang goes the gun

And I’m back inside

Click goes the television

And there’s his face

Staring at me as if I should have known all along

And I’m torn

Torn between the person we knew from our streets

and the person we now know on the screen

Lying there, bleeding and surrounded- I find myself praying they don’t shoot

Because more than the hatred,

more than the sadness, fury, and bewilderment I feel

I want to know why

And I’m coming undone

Off goes the siren

And I know he’s alive

He’s caught, were safe, and the mystery is over

And yet, as I take it all in,

I am finally unraveled- and the anxiety sets in

Heart pounding

I am left with the overwhelming urge to ask one question

Jahar, why would you do this to us?

From “Poetry Month and Processing the Boston Marathon Bombing" on the blog foster & feed.

15 April 2014 ·

missoulapubliclibrary:

blackballoonpublishing:

There’s a secret branch of the New York Public Library in the subway. The 51st Street 6 line subway station is home to the Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral branch of the New York Public Library. Librarians at the location report that they’re usually visited by the same partons, frequent commuters who are looking for something to read during their daily train ride. Like all New York librarians, though, they’re happy to answer research questions — usually about how to work the Metrocard machine. The library is currently closed for repairs, but you can visit it when it reopens in September if you need a good book for your ride home … or need to figure out how to get home.KEEP READING: "Celebrate National Library Week with 10 WTF Facts About New York City Libraries"

This is super cool.

Hey Metro DC, would an in-Metro branch of the Library rock your world? 

missoulapubliclibrary:

blackballoonpublishing:

There’s a secret branch of the New York Public Library in the subway.

The 51st Street 6 line subway station is home to the Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral branch of the New York Public Library. Librarians at the location report that they’re usually visited by the same partons, frequent commuters who are looking for something to read during their daily train ride. Like all New York librarians, though, they’re happy to answer research questions — usually about how to work the Metrocard machine. The library is currently closed for repairs, but you can visit it when it reopens in September if you need a good book for your ride home … or need to figure out how to get home.

KEEP READING: "Celebrate National Library Week with 10 WTF Facts About New York City Libraries"

This is super cool.

Hey Metro DC, would an in-Metro branch of the Library rock your world? 

15 April 2014 ·

"Suddenly I realize / That if I stepped out of my body I would break / Into blossom."

From “A Blessing" by James Wright

"Suddenly I realize / That if I stepped out of my body I would break / Into blossom."

From “A Blessing" by James Wright

15 April 2014 ·

pickeringtonlibrary:

Amanda and Donna both agree that the Batgirl sneakers are THE BEST.

Also, it’s National Library Workers Day.  Woohoo, party at the Reference Desk!

(Source: emmetoneallibrary)

15 April 2014 ·

"We don’t know yet what types of early experiences give us the biggest effect on brain capacity or IQ, but we know that early reading does have an impact."

~ Brain and behavioural plasticity in the developing brain: Neuroscience and public policy (via librarianbyday)

(via libraryadvocates)

15 April 2014 ·

New Flames: The End of Night

booksweadore:

“For anyone who looks up at the night sky and aches for more.”

The end of the night

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
Reviewed by Katie

The End of Night is a book for anyone who looks up at our city night sky and feels an ache…

15 April 2014 ·

poetsorg:

From “The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams: 

so much depends 
upon 
a red wheel 
barrow

poetsorg:

From “The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams:

so much depends

upon

a red wheel

barrow

13 April 2014 ·

Poetry as Art:

"Storm clouds
Cast a dark shadow
On the
Heart and brain”

(Source: miss-stitch-therapy.blogspot.com, via teachingliteracy)

12 April 2014 ·

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We're the Arlington VA Public Library.