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 →

National Poetry Month – Poetry Gets Personal

April is National Poetry Month. The library blog will spotlight different kinds of poetry throughout the month. We will also be recommending poets throughout the month so stay tuned for this celebration of humanity's amazing art form! What poets do you admire?  Siegfried Sassoon & Wilfred Owen: Both are widely seen as one of the most important British military poets of the First World War.  Typically these two are ever mentioned as examples. - Blaze Pappas Poets of World War I by Rupert Smith, editor Available at Midlothian Poetry of the First World…continue reading →

Collage: Recycling Images through Art

EXERCISE POWER OVER THE IMAGES THAT INUNDATE YOU.   How many images do you think you see in a day? How many of those do you think are advertisements? Are you ever exasperated by all the images you are seeing? Do you feel powerless against them? Take some control back. Embrace the process of collage.   We’ve all seen collages, and many of us have probably made one. Collage-making is a form of artistic expression that even people who don’t consider themselves to be artists can use. Are you annoyed by all the photoshopped makeup…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 →

Who’s Inspired You?

March is Women's History Month. The Library is drawing attention to overlooked figures of history by asking library staff about historical women who've inspired them. Sophie Scholl: "She chose to live according to her faith and conscience instead of according to her culture. She thought deeply and was unafraid to challenge others on their convictions." - Rebeca Parrott The White Rose by Inge Scholl - Available Online     Anne Carson: "She introduced me to the beauty of the lyric essay and the use of white space. She is also a classicist, a…continue reading →