There’s a lot to celebrate! April 14-20 is National Library Week and April is National Poetry Month. Starting at 6:00 p.m. there will be a reception featuring an array of cookies baked by Bettendorf Public Library staff. Each audience member may choose one Advance Reading Copy of a book while supplies last. Submissions to the I Love My Library essay and Poetry in Motion poetry contests will be on display. The German American Heritage Center Zither Ensemble will provide musical entertainment during the reception. We are proud that Library Volunteer Michael Hustedde and Information Librarian Lucas Berns are part of this ensemble.
At 6:30 p.m. the youth and adult winners of the essay, video, and poetry contests will be introduced to read or show their winning entries. They will be followed by our keynote speaker, Elise Paschen. She is a writer, an editor, and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When she was director of the Poetry Institute of America (1988-2001), her goal was “to put poetry at the crossroads of American life, to make poetry visible, to make poetry accessible.” One of her most successful projects was Poetry in Motion which began on New York City subways and buses in 1992 and went national in 1996 reaching millions of people a day. Paschen has edited a series of print anthologies: Poetry Speaks (811.509 PO), Poetry Speaks to Children (JUV KIT NONFICTION), and Poetry Speaks Who I Am (YA 808.81 PO). All three include CDs of poets reading their works. Her latest book of poetry is Bestiary (811.6 PA). Find out more about Paschen at www.elisepaschen.com. Books will be available for sale and signing. This program was made possible with funding from the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.
Date and times of event Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.