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Books for Poetry Month & Library Week

April is National Poetry Month and April 3rd through the 9th is National Library Week. Here are a few recommendations for both of these occasions from librarian Allyson Mower.

Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Beautiful poetry from a compelling perspective—and I like the use of blackout text.

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

I haven’t read much poetry in my life, but I regret not having done so because this book and Diaz’s writing is superb. After watching the show Reservation Dogs, I especially liked the poem “Top Ten Reasons Indians Are Good at Basketball.”

Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Ethelene Whitmire

Librarians inspire new art and new cultural movements! Learn more Regina Andrews story in this great book about librarianship and the Harlem Renaissance.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This book tells the story of the infamous fire at LA Public Library, but also shows ow central the public library is to the people of Los Angeles.

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, his son, and the Quest to Build the World’s Greatest Library by Edward Wilson-Lee

This well-researched history tells another story of Christopher Columbus and the quest of his son to seek order in the world through building a library.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Discover what happens when librarians, books, and information enter a community.

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