"And learn O voyager to walk / The roll of earth, the pitch and fall / That swings across the trees those stars / That swings the sunlight up the wall."
Archibald MacLeish, from Great Short Poems from Around the World

"And learn O voyager to walk / The roll of earth, the pitch and fall / That swings across the trees those stars / That swings the sunlight up the wall."

Archibald MacLeish, from Great Short Poems from Around the World

23 April 2014 ·

dcpubliclibrary:

gayleforman:

"I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard."

Watch the If I Stay trailer here-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MWfsE1ZEQQ

THE TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE! If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can find If I Stay at your neighborhood library.

Ahhhhh!

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22 April 2014 ·

Mike Rosen, an NYC-based poet and educator, performs “When God Happens” his poem about 9/11, as part of NYC Urbana Poetry Slam at The Bowery Poetry Club, 5/12.

22 April 2014 ·

Brush Up Your Shakespeare, pt. 2

Or at least take his 450th birthday as a chance to learn more about his life, his work, and some of the many people he inspired – in good, bad and bloody ways:

The Most  Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: A Play by William Shakespeare
adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds

There are many excellent adaptations of R&J, but this is one of the most effective in translating the story for teens. Hinds makes the characters of African, Indian, and Caucasian descent in order to promote the universality of the story. The language is abridged but not adapted into contemporary English; footnotes explain words that could be confusing to young audiences. The use of lines and colorful watercolors is striking, especially when illustrating action such as dancing and sword fights.

shakespeare and the american musicalShakespeare and the American Musical
by Irene G. Dash

Dash argues that adaptations of Shakespeare were instrumental in the alteration of the musical theater formula from the stock plots and song forms of the 1930s musical comedy to the more organic “integrated musical,” where songs and dance sequences were used to advance the plot rather than break the action, as seen in “The Boys from Syracuse,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “West Side Story” and others.

22 April 2014 ·

Beautiful light.

Beautiful light.

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21 April 2014 ·

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21 April 2014 ·

"When people can’t apply for jobs or access government services because they don’t have access from home, public libraries must be there for them,” said Linda Lord, a librarian in Maine. “Where else are they going to go? Police station? Town hall? I don’t think so."

~ Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband - NYTimes.com (via schoollibraryjournal)

(via schoollibraryjournal)

21 April 2014 ·

"Digitizing the Vatican’s 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and has around 82,000 manuscripts, some of which date back about 1,800 years. It will work in tandem with NTT Data, a Japanese IT firm, to convert the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts. It is expected to take four years to digitize the initial round, though some of those documents will be online toward the end of 2014.”

- Mashable,This is How the Vatican Will Digitize Millions of its Documents

21 April 2014 ·

Easily the silliest question we’ve seen in a long time:

From an article posted on Aljazeera America over the weekend:

Are we doing our son a disservice by allowing him to become a deep and engaged reader? Are we raising a child for the 19th century rather than the 21st, training him on the harpsichord for an Auto-Tune world? 

With thanks to BookRiot, who aptly call the headline “A classic case of a link-bait headline that doesn’t actually make any kind of sense.”

21 April 2014 ·

"A fallen blossom returning to the bough, I thought — but no, a butterfly."
Arakida Moritake, from Great Short Poems From Around the World

"A fallen blossom returning to the bough, I thought — but no, a butterfly."

Arakida Moritake, from Great Short Poems From Around the World

21 April 2014 ·

Brush Up Your Shakespeare, pt. 1

Start Quoting Him Now…

Or at least take his 450th birthday as a chance to learn more about his life, his work, and some of the many people he inspired – in good, bad and bloody ways:


how to read and understand shakespeareHow to Read and Understand Shakespeare
audio lecture by professor Marc C. Conner

Build the skills to deeply comprehend Shakespeares transcendent poetic language, the spellbinding world of his great characters and stories, and his revelatory reflections on human experience.

 
Kiss Me Kate
DVD [1953]

In this film based on the play by Samuel and Bella Spewack, two squabbling, mid-20th-century ex-marrieds are cast as squabbling Renaissance romantics in a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The stars fight it out on stage and off, and two mob goons sing about wooing women with Shakespeare.

21 April 2014 ·

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 ·

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