Poet Allen Ginsberg, author of Howl
Updated: March 4, 2014
Poetry Flicks, Teen Book Picks and a Friday Fix: Something for Everyone at Broward County Library!
This month at Broward County Library, there is a little bit of something for everyone. Celebrate Teen Literature Day with great programs and young adult titles; enjoy a selection of poetry movies in honor of National Poetry Month; enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of South Africa at Destination Friday and give your opinion of your library during an upcoming Community Vision Session. Events, resources and a good time – what more can your library offer?
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The goal is to widen awareness to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage and to poetry books and journals. The Academy of American Poets has led this initiative from its inception in 1996 and along the way has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets and arts organizations to help. National Poetry Month is celebrated each April with the ideal of highlighting the legacy and achievement of American poets, introduce more Americans to the pleasure of reading poetry and increase support, reading and awareness of poetry.
April 3 - Tales for Tots Rhyme Time: Rhyming Stories, Poems, Music & Movement for Ages 2 & 3 with a Caregiver to Celebrate National Poetry Month, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, space is limited, Tamarac Library
April 5 - Anastasia Clark Poetry Reading, 2 to 4 p.m., Margate Catharine Young Library
April 15 - Poetry Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
April 19 - AARLCC Open-Mic Poetry Contest, 2 to 5:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
April 21 - Meryl Stratford, winner of the Ninth Annual YellowJacket Press Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets 2013, presents a poetry reading and book signing from her book, The Magician’s Daughter, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Hallandale Beach Library
April 24 - Poetry in Motion! In celebration of National Poetry Month! 4 to 5 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
April 29 - Poetry Readings in honor of National Poetry Month, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Stirling Road Library
Book Display: Hallandale Beach Library, Northwest Regional Library, Stirling Road Library. Exhibit: Famous Poets and their Works! Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
Try a new twist and enjoy some popcorn with your poetry! These great films about poets and poetry are all available for free from Broward County Library – just click the title and place your hold. (List courtesy of Poets.org.)
Before Night Falls: Javier Bardem plays Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in this film, adapted from Arenas's own memoir. (2001)
Big Bad Love: A Vietnam vet keen on writing poetry and prose struggles to improve his personal and his writing life in this film, based on the short stories of Mississippi writer Larry Brown. Brown's own poems, and those of William Carlos Williams, are in the film. (2002)
Dead Poets Society: Robin Williams plays an English teacher in an East Coast boys' prep school who inspires his students to love poetry, among other life lessons. The film, which popularized the tradition of carpe diem poems, features verse by Frost, Tennyson, and Shakespeare. (1989)
HOWL: Starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, this film largely revolves around the text of Howl, its composition, initial reading, and the public's reaction—by the movie's end, nearly the entire poem has been recited. (2011)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle: The Algonquin Round Table comes alive in this film which features Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker. (2006)
Piñero: Benjamin Bratt stars in this biopic about Puerto Rican poet-playwright Miguel Piñero, who co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. (2002)
Actor Benjamin Bratt in the film Piñero
Poetic Justice: Janet Jackson stars as a young woman struggling to find love and meaning in her life. Maya Angelou's poems "Alone" and "Phenomenal Woman" appear in the film, as does Angelou herself. (1998)
Sylvia: The relationship of Ted Hughes, played by Daniel Craig, and Sylvia Plath, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is detailed in this film that begins with the couple's courtship as young college students. (2004)
The Basketball Diaries: Based on the autobiography by poet and artist Jim Carroll, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film depicts Carroll's reckless youth, and the writing that becomes his means of clarity. (1998)
Tom & Viv: Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson star as T.S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood in a film that depicts their tumultuous marriage and Eliot's literary success. (2002)
Destination Friday: South Africa
Following the recent, highly successful “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” event, Broward County Library presents the second of its exciting series of Destination Friday after-hours events for ages 21 and over. Join us for a roaring good time on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
Experience the diversity of South Africa through food and drink (while supplies last), plus live entertainment and dancing. For added fun, wear your safari attire!
Tickets are $10 and can be ordered through Eventbrite. Guests may also pay at the door by cash or credit card. Two round-trip tickets to South Africa, a $3,000 value (courtesy of South African Airways*) and other prizes will be raffled. Prizes include two nights’ accommodation at Sun International’s Lost City Palace, wines from South African Wines USA.com, a $100 gift certificate from Acacia and books (courtesy of Barnes and Noble) which include Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs; Desmond Tutu's Let There Be Light and DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa. Prize winners must be present to win.
Sponsors include Post Haste Travel, Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Light Bulbs Unlimited, Friends of Hollywood Libraries, Drum Cafe, Meal-in-a-Pie, Whole Foods. And
McFatter School of Culinary Arts.
Destination Friday: South Africa will be held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with morning departures from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and afternoon direct service from Washington's Dulles Airport that offer travel convenience and award-winning service.
Upcoming Destination Friday events are:
- April 4 – Paris
- June 6 – Brazil
- September 5 – Greek Isles
- October 3 – Ghana, Africa
For more information on this event, please contact Steve Vinik, svink@Broward.org, 954-357-6190 or Hayley St. John-Ayre, hstjohnayre@Broward.org, 954-201-2657
Celebrate Teen Literature Day - April 17, 2014
(Thursday of National Library Week)
Teen Literature Day was first celebrated in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens. Teen Literature Day also showcases award-winning authors and books in the genre as well as highlight librarians' expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.
Top teen pick for 2013: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
One way to celebrate? Whether you’re a young adult reader or not, pick up one of these 2013 Teens’ Top Ten books, all of which are available from Broward County Library. The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list where teens ages 12-18 nominate and choose favorite books of each previous year. Every April, YALSA releases a list of nominated books and teens can vote online from August 15 - October 19 of this year. The winners will be announced during the week of October 21, 2014. For information on participating, visit YALSA’s website, The Hub.
2013 Teens' Top Ten from the Young Adult Library Services Association
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Every Day by David Levithan
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Upcoming: Community Vision Sessions with Library Director Skye Patrick
Broward County Libraries will host a series of Community Vision Sessions with
Broward County Libraries Director Skye Patrick. Join us as we look toward the
future and discuss how library services will continue to evolve and meet the
changing needs of the community. Library Director Skye Patrick will share
exciting plans for the future and welcome your comments and questions. The
purpose of the meetings is to present the BCL’s "Vision for the Future and
Community," and for library administration to meet the public and to hear the
concerns of each region. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation and
All Community Vision Sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and are free and
open to the public.
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014 -
- Monday, April 7, 2014 -
African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
- Monday, April 28, 2014 -
South Regional/Broward College Library
- Monday, May 5, 2014 -
West Regional Library
- Monday, May 12, 2014 -
Northwest Regional Library
- Monday, May 19, 2014 -
Southwest Regional Library
- Monday, June 2, 2014 -
North Regional/Broward College Library