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April is National Poetry Month

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom. 
 

Maya AngelouRobert Frost.  Walt Whitman.  Shel SilversteinSylvia PlathAllen Ginsberg.  John MiltonEmily Dickinson.  William Blake.  Anne BradstreetBilly Collins

Just a few of the greatest and most popular English-language poets ever to put quill to parchment.  Their names remind us to celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2013.

Conceived in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that hopes to "increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated."

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"Hey Stella!"

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was born 102 years ago, on March 26, 1911.  Recognized as one of our greatest playwrights, he was responsible for penning numerous classics of the American stage including The Glass Menagerie, Night of The Iguana, and two Pulitzer Prize winners: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire

Who could forget this famous scene from Streetcar, featuring one of the American Film Institute's most memorable movie quotes of all time?

Enjoy one of Tennessee Williams's timeless works of American drama today.

March Madness!

The quick double-thump of the basketball, the adrenaline-surged race down the court, and then the magical last second “swoosh” at the final buzzer…Yessss! It’s March Madness and time for some page -turning hoops at the Pioneer Library System, where we’ve got the best seats in the game.  Learn all about the history of Basketball, the jump shot to the pros and the inside scoop of the hoops. This month we got Magic, a Doctor, a Bird, and a little “Thunder” to cheer for March Madness. Check these titles out and get in the game!

The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

A big, thick, steaming bowl of witty and intelligent commentary on the greatest players and teams ever to grace the League, written by popular columnist and TV and radio sports personality Bill Simmons.

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"The name is Bond... James Bond."

March 19 marks the 77th birthday of Ursula Andress, who in 1962 became famous for her iconic bikini-clad scene in Dr. No, the first James Bond film.  007 celebrated his 50th anniversary on the silver screen in 2012 with the release of Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.

Pioneer Library System has a great assortment of items related to Ian Fleming's legendary secret agent, including titles in his original book series and all the films.  Check some out today!

Bond On Bond : Reflections On 50 years Of James Bond Movies  by Roger Moore and Gareth Owen

Sir Roger Moore, the longest-starring Bond, has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, and oh so many gadgets, it's illustrated with over 400 hundred iconic images from all the films including many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive as well as photos from Moore's personal collection.

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Jack Kerouac would have been 91 this year

Influential novelist and Beat Generation icon Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

According to Chase's Calendar of Events: "Kerouac is best known for his novel On The Road, published in 1957, which celebrates the Beat ideal of noncomformity. Kerouac published The Dharma Bums in 1958, followed by The Subterraneans the same year, Doctor Sax and its sequel Maggie Cassidy in 1959, Lonesome Traveler in 1960, Big Sur in 1962 and Desolation Angels in 1965."

Commemorate the birth anniversary of this prominent and controversial American literary figure by reading one of the novels listed above, or by digging deeper into his life and work with one of these items:

What Happened to Kerouac? [NONFICTION DVD]

 Investigates the personal history and creative process of Jack Kerouac, father of the Beat Generation, author of "On the road", and a pivotal figure of the fifties countercultural revolution. Shows what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man.

 

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