April Resources Bring May Flowers

| April 10, 2017

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I hope it is true that April Showers Bring May Flowers. Luckily April has lots of fun resources to get us through the rain.

Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month, and to celebrate the Gottesman Library is featuring databases that focus on poetry. These databases not only offer you new ways to find poetry but also provide historical criticism and primary sources.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in National Poetry Month check out Poets.org to see what events are happening online and in person, including their 30 Ways to Celebrate. NYPL recorded 30 staff members reading different poems they selected. 

Want your own copy of  The National Poetry Month Poster? It is available for download.

From CU Libraries

Columbia is featuring The Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide from its digital collection. The guide starts in 1868 and continues through 1922. The language and imagery of building and construction in New York City is beautiful. From the March 28, 1868 issue:

As the frost oozes from the stiffened earth, rendering excavation possible, everyone interested in building seems to arise from a condition of hybernation, and, ceasing to suck their thumbs, assume a natural briskness.

In NYC real estate facts – did you know that May 1st used to be the day that everyone in New York City moved? It started in colonial times and lasted until after WWI. Apartment Therapy has a fun article and links to sources about this chaotic May 1st tradition.

School Library Month

April is also School Library Month sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians to celebrate school librarians and their programming. The theme this year is “Because School Libraries Empower Students”.

School Librarians are a valuable resource for students and educators. I took the amazingness of my school librarians for granted when I was a kid. I am now able to see how they, access to information and the chance to play with technology shaped who I am today.

School Library Journal is a great place to learn more about what is going on in school libraries across the country, as well as with children’s and YA programming at public libraries. I enjoyed this article about how librarian Anita Cellucci introduced Social Emotional Learning into the high school library she works at. They also have a great article on Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month.