Monthly Archives: April 2014

Come visit the doggies!

Come visit the doggies!

Therapy dogs are here to ease your finals stress! Stop by for a pat!

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April 24, 2014 · 2:14 pm

Happy Easter Break!

From all of us at the Regina Library–have a warm and wonderful Easter Break! We’ll see you next week to help prepare for that last stretch of the semester–FINALS! 

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And it’s also…National Humor Month!

With the end of the semester soon approaching, you may be feeling the increased pressure that comes with finishing research projects and studying for finals. Before you get too stressed out, I have some good news for you. April is National Humor Month, which makes this the perfect time for you to take a few minutes out of your day for a chuckle.

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As you may already know, it’s been reported time and time again that laughter helps to reduce stress levels.  But, that’s not the only way laughter will benefit you during the final weeks of classes.  According to Discovery Communications and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, laughter may also help to boost your immune system, increase blood flow, reduce pain, enhance your coping skills, improve memory and creativity, and it may even help you to experience a more restful sleep.

 

So take some time this month to experience the benefits that come from laughter. The Regina Library has a large collection of movies and books that will tickle your funny bone.  Stop by and check some out.

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National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month gives you the chance to spend thirty days celebrating the imagery and the raw emotion of your favorite poems. The Academy of American Poets has 30 interesting and unique suggestions for how you can celebrate this month. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a poetry connoisseur or you haven’t read a poem since your last class assignment.

 

 

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 24, 2014 
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.

Read a book of poetry 
“Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.”

Memorize a poem 
“Getting a poem or prose passage truly ‘by heart’ implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight.”

Revisit a poem 
“America is a country of second acts, so today, why not brush the dust off these classics and give them a fresh read?”

Put poetry in an unexpected place
“Books should be brought to the doorstep like electricity, or like milk in England: they should be considered utilities.”

Bring a poem to your place of worship 
“We define poetry as the unofficial view of being, and bringing the art of language in contact with your spiritual practices can deepen both.”

Attend a poetry reading 
“Readings have been occurring for decades around the world in universities, bookstores, cafes, corner pubs, and coffeehouses.”

Play Exquisite Corpse 
“Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem.”

Read a poem at an open mic 
“It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community.”

Support literary organizations 
“Many national and local literary organizations offer programs that reach out to the general public to broaden the recognition of poets and their work.”

Listen on your commute
“Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work’s tone.”

Subscribe to a literary magazine 
“Full of surprising and challenging poetry, short fiction, interviews, and reviews, literary journals are at the forefront of contemporary poetry.”

Start a notebook on Poets.org 
“Poets.org lets users build their own personal portable online commonplace book out of the materials on our site.”

Put a poem in a letter
“It’s always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special.”

Watch a poetry movie
“What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet’s work after the film?”

 

Take a poem out to lunch
“Adding a poem to lunch puts some poetry in your day and gives you something great to read while you eat.”

Put a poem on the pavement 
“Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk.”

Recite a poem to family and friends 
“You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season.”

Organize a poetry reading 
“When looking for a venue, consider your local library, coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, bar or performance space.”

Promote public support for poetry
“Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America.”

Start a poetry reading group 
“Select books that would engage discussion and not intimidate the reader new to poetry.”

Read interviews and literary criticism
“Reading reviews can also be a helpful exercise and lend direction to your future reading.”

Buy a book of poems for your library 
“Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves.”

Start a commonplace book 
“Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books.”

Integrate poetry with technology 
“Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send.”

Ask the Post Office for more poet stamps 
“To be eligible, suggested poets must have been deceased for at least ten years and must be American or of American descent.”

Sign up for a poetry class or workshop 
“Colleges and arts centers often make individual courses in literature and writing available to the general public.”

Subscribe to our free newsletter
“Short and to the point, the Poets.org Update, our electronic newsletter, will keep you informed on Academy news and events.”

Write a letter to a poet
“Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter.”

Visit a poetry landmark
“Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work.”

 Hope many of you got to enjoy poetry night at the library last night as well! It was a wonderful event. 🙂

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