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POETRY 2020
Celebrating
National Poetry Month

April 2020

Part One (of Four)


April is National Poetry Month, that special time of the year people across the U.S. are invited to contemplate the beauty, power, insight, and comfort poems can bring into our lives with just a few well-chosen words.

Many readers already have a place in their hearts for poetry. Others, understandably, not so much. How we first encountered poetry helped shaped our lifelong perceptions of it.

For some, those experiences began - and prematurely ended - with poems as relatively frustrating reading assignments: purely academic exercises which focused on technicalities such as "poetic forms" (different kinds of poems), "imagery" (things described), "meter" (word rhythms), "rhyme schemes" (how a poem rhymes line to line), or interpretations - figuring what a poem meant, or could mean.

Such concepts, too quickly introduced, can reduce poetry reading to a tedious chore. Poetry, itself, is not nearly that demanding.

Yes, it's a fact: some poems are difficult! Some poets do like being elusive, challenging readers to strain after meanings.

Classic poems, written in earlier styles of present-day languages, raise other challenges. The sonorous near-perfection of a Shakespearean sonnet can be unreachable if we're not familiar with how poets wrote in earlier times.

Modern and contemporary poems can, at times, present similar difficulties, especially "free verse," which might not even resemble what some readers expect when they think of poetry: free verse is where poets can get wildly creative, abandoning rhyming and rhythms in favor of something new.

The great news here is that the poetry world is big enough to be inclusive for everyone! There is - quite literally - a poem for each and every reader out there, including you - words that will resonate in ways you will personally appreciate and remember.

Whether you've never quite developed a love for poetry or you simply haven't had time to return to reading poems, we invite you to download these free publications we created to help you develop - or rediscover - your appreciation of all things poetic:
If you're ready and interested in expanding your poetic knowledge, we invite you to download these free and informative PDFs: With each week in April we'll be exploring more about poetry and poets.

We hope you enjoyed this first segment, and we invite you back to this blog next week for Part Two of our four-part Poetry 2020 series.

You might also like to visit our National Poetry Month website for more poetic possibilities! Enjoy!
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BookPage: April 2020 Edition

BookPage

April 1, 2020

Many of you enjoy the monthly publication BookPage, which is made available in print at the library.

Since Thrall, and public libraries in general, are closed currently due to the pandemic, BookPage is making its April 2020 edition freely available online: We're grateful to BookPage for doing this, and we hope our booklovers enjoy this digital edition.

That said, we look forward to seeing you all again back at the library as soon as that's possible!
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April 2020 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2020 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2020 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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January 2020 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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December 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


Christmas 2019 Fiction

Some festive tales to get you into the holiday spirit!



Christmas eBooks Also Available!

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2018 + 2019 Nobel Prizes in Literature

The Nobel Foundation recently named both the 2018 and 2019 winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature:

For more about the Nobel Prize in Literature, please follow this link.

See also our 2019 Nobel Prizes in the Sciences post in our Science & Technology blog.
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November 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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October 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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September 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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A New Poet Laureate for 2019

In June 2019, the Librarian of Congress appointed Joy Harjo as the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

In addition to her critically-acclaimed career as a poet, it is also noteworthy to mention the Library of Congress describes Joy Harjo as "the first Native American poet to serve in the position."

The Library of Congress has this to say about Joy's writings:

"Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry - 'soul talk' as she calls it - for over four decades.... To her, poems are 'carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,' and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are." (source)


Please follow this link for official information from the Library of Congress.

For Further Exploration...

You can learn more about Joy Harjo through the following links:
Related news coverage:
Other Websites:
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July 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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June 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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April 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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January 2019 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Also check out our Christmas 2018 titles post below!

Nonfiction




Fiction

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Christmas 2018 eBooks

Do you read eBooks? (If not, did you know it's a free service to members of Thrall/RCLS?)

We invite you to explore our RCLS/OverDrive eBook collection of Christmas titles.

You might also like to browse Christmas 2018 Fiction - in print - by following this link.
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2018 National Book Awards

This year's winners and finalists have been announced by the National Book Foundation.

You can follow the links below to explore winning titles and authors in the Thrall/RCLS library catalog, where you can also check availability or reserve items:

Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry
Young People's Literature


You can also explore previous finalists and winners (by year) via this link.

For more about the National Book Awards, please follow this link.
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December 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Also check out our Christmas 2018 titles post below!

Nonfiction




Fiction

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Christmas 2018 Titles

Some titles to get you into the holiday spirit!



Also check out: our online collection of Christmas 2018 RCLS/OverDrive eBooks.
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November 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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October 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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September 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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June 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced!

You can follow any of the title or author links below to explore this year's winners in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama
For more winning books and authors...
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April 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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"Best Books" of 2017

The following titles have been selected as among the "best books" of 2017 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and others.

You can follow each title or author link into the library catalog to check on availability or to reserve items.


Nonfiction



Fiction



For further exploration:
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January 2018 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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December 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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Christmas 2017 Titles

New Christmas titles!

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November 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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The 2017 Nobel Prize
in Literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro, "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

You can read the offical announcement by following this link.

For further exploration...

From NobelPrize.org:
News Coverage
Library Items - Thrall + RCLS books, etc. by or about Kazuo Ishiguro:
Databases Available at Thrall (also available to members of Thrall remotely - log in with your library card #):
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October 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


September 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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A New Poet Laureate

On June 14, 2017, the Librarian of Congress appointed Tracy K. Smith as the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

In 2012, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Life on Mars.

The Library of Congress has this to say about Smith's writings:

"Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture. With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths-all to better understand what makes us most human." (source)


Please follow this link for official information from the Library of Congress.

For Further Exploration...

You can learn more about Tracy through the following links:
Related news coverage:
Other Websites:
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June 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


May 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama


For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


April 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


March 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


February 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


January 2017 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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