Today, March 26th, is Robert Frost’s birthday!  Born in San Francisco, Frost moved to Massachusetts shortly after his father died when Frost was eleven years old.  He later lived and worked in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.  His poetry is often associated with New England and its landscape.

“The author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.”  – Poets.org

Re-read his famous “The Road Not Taken” today to celebrate his birthday.  Or listen to Frost reading it himself over at Poets.org and read more about his life.

 

The Library received a BIG shipment on Friday – and the books have been processed and are ready to be checked out!  Dorothy and I have already picked out a few favorites.  If you’re looking for a new book to read, swing by the library and check out the NEW books section.  (Tip: We sticker each book with the month/year that it arrived, so you can easily find the newest books in the new section!)

Here are a few of our favorites!

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, signed up for an exclusive, supposedly life-changing class called Special Topics in English that focuses—only and entirely—on the works of Sylvia Plath.

When a journal-writing assignment leads Jam into a mysterious other world she and her classmates call Belzhar, she discovers a realm where the untainted past is restored, and she can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But, as the pages of her journal begin to fill up, Jam must to confront hidden truths and ultimately decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to reclaim her loss.  (from Amazon.com)

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

“We each have our little triggers . . . things that wait for us in the dark corridors of our lives.” So says Neil Gaiman in his introduction to Trigger Warning, a remarkable compendium of twenty-five stories and poems that explore the transformative power of imagination.

Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection. (from Amazon.com)

Ghost Walls: The Story of a 17th-Century Colonial Homestead by Sally M. Walker

Award-winning author Sally M.Walker brings colonial American history to life through the discovery of an importanthomestead in seventeenth century Maryland. She follows the painstaking work of scientists and historians to coax fascinating stories out of the long-crumbled walls. (from Goodreads.com)

 

 


 

 

Did you know February is “International Correspondence Writing Month?” That’s right: a month dedicated to vintage social media — for the last few years, people around the globe have spent the entire month of February writing letters. The challenge, according to the InCoWriMo website is: “to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February.”

Why write a letter?  According to the New York Times, “The decline in letter writing isn’t only a problem for entities like the U.S. Postal Service. The loss of letters impacts our culture to the core, because letters are a chronicle of history. Through them, people of every age, background, social standing, and culture add folded and stamped rectangles to a historical tapestry shared by official accounts, news stories, and later revisions. Without letters, we lose an integral way of seeing and understanding history.”

Can you do it?  We’re 9 days in with 19 more to go!

from the New York Times