Summer Hours 2019

Hello fellow humans.  As the semester winds down – more quickly than we’d imagined – there are some things that you all would probably like to know more about, regarding what happens after exams.  You can breathe again.  The pollen hopefully subsides a bit. Our hours change.  We will be open regular hours during the week of April 28 – May 4.   DAY(S) OF WEEK  DATE(S)  HOURS  Monday  May 6  7:30am – 9:00pm (Exams End)  Tuesday – Friday  May 7 – 10  7:30am – 5:00pm  Saturday – Sunday  May 11 – 12  closed …continue reading →

National Poetry Month – Poetry Gets Personal Pt. 2

Some years ago, amidst my own college education, I first ran into the legacy of Sylvia Plath. It was complicated. Myself a fledgling writer, I was humbled when a friend of mine compared me to the late poet. We share a birthday, and that was where I thought the similarities ended. It was not until I did further research (...late-night Wikipedia) that I discovered her tale was as touching as it was troubling. For this month, we choose to delve deeper into the woman who was.  Her life is more explored and noted…continue reading →

Villanelle – Shadow of the Ring

Attribution: "Dol Goldur" by Neral. CC BY 3.0 The villanelle consists of five tercets (a tercet is a grouping of 3 lines) and a quatrain (a grouping of four lines). Each line is 8-10 syllables long. The first and third lines of the first stanza become refrains that repeat throughout the poem. Here is an original villanelle by staff member Lauren Hall.   Shadow of the Ring by LT Hall The mists are fading into spring; along the meadows, caves, and streams where the moon is shrouded by the Ring. Eagles soar low…continue reading →

Acrostic Poetry – Beware the ALPACALYPSE

Most of us have seen and even built acrostics during our life. Maybe you did that with refrigerator magnet letters. Whether with magnets, lead, or keystrokes, acrostics are built by taking a single word and then using each letter in the word to build a new poetic line about that word. Sound complicated? Actually it's not! It's a fun way to start writing poetry if you've never tried before. Here's an original acrostic by library staff member Lauren Hall. Beware the ALPACALYPSE by LT Hall And I’m telling you, this isn’t the first…continue reading →

St. Patrick’s Day Origin Story…or Not

As we swing further into the spring semester, and further into March, it can be tempting to shun learning that doesn’t directly relate to classes. I promise there won’t be a test on this. Picture of cookies that have less to do with St. Patrick’s Day and more to do with consumerism. Like most holidays, St. Patrick’s Day barely resembles the original inspiration for it. The man himself was an enslaved European of unknown descent who rid the Irish of certain religious peoples. Not snakes, although that is a theory as to why…continue reading →