Monthly Archives: April 2016

National Poetry Month

Each April, poetry is celebrated as being an important part of  our lives.
Google defines poetry as being a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm.
I agree but it sounds like a definition, probably because it is one!
This quote by Dylan Thomas made me think how poetry makes me feel.” Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.” ― Dylan Thomas, a deceased Welsh poet and writer.
Yes, I read Dylan Thomas’ words a couple of times as I pondered what all he had included in the definition/ quote.
The Central Penn Library has a nice collection of poetry books. Our poetry books include   Talking White and Rising Waters both written by our very own Maria James Thiaw.


Our poetry collection includes a wide variety of styles and content. Poetry can be light and fluffy and it can be very meaningful. Come check out our poetry books and find out for yourself the enjoyment of poetry.
Poetry makes me stop and think about my feelings. – Sallie Cross

Library Shelfie Contest

You are probably sitting around wondering how you can celebrate National Library Week.
Just in case your calendar doesn’t have National Library Week marked on it, this year it is April 10 to 16th. In keeping with library etiquette, one must think of a very quiet way to observe it.
This year the Central Penn Library is quietly organizing a contest in which you are encouraged to take a shelfie of yourself. ( No, that is not a typo!) Perhaps you have guessed that a shelfie is a picture of yourself reading or holding a favorite book or DVD or a picture of yourself infront of a book shelf. After you have created a shelfie , email it to We will be judging the entries and awarding a cash prize for the most creative entry.
The deadline for entering is midnight on Friday, April