Archive for 04/2015

Staff Picks

Make your greenspace greener

Image: “Spotted Joe Pye Weed” by Peter Gorman used under CC BY / Cropped from original

Spring has sprung – well, at least it did for a few days -- and my thoughts have turned to my back yard, where we will spend a majority of our free time this spring and summer.  On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, I am thinking about how to make our yard the beautiful green place we’ll enjoy while also making it “green” in the environmental sense.

Photo of peonies beginning to bloom.

Looking forward to these beauties in June!

Last spring we were new to our house, so it seemed like every day there was a new bloom or flowering tree making its debut – I was thrilled to find that we had hyacinths and tulips early in spring, and then the lilacs (my favorite!) showed up, and then the gorgeous peonies!  The previous owner had a real green thumb and put in a variety of plants and flowers that bloomed across the seasons and we were able to enjoy a beautiful flowering yard all the way through fall.

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Kids & Parents

Be a Teen Volunteer at DPPL this Summer

We love our teen volunteers - they're amazing! Each summer roughly 70 teens staff our Summer Reading sign up table. Think your teen would like to be a Summer Reading Club volunteer? Have them come to the library and pick up an application in either the YA area on the 2nd floor or the Teen Lounge on the 3rd.

I've been working with teen volunteers for several years now and I'd like to talk about how you, as a parent, can prep your teen to make the most of their volunteer experience.

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Spoon River Anthology Endures at 100

100th Anniversary
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. The anthology is a collection of over two hundred interconnected free verse epitaphs spoken by former residents of the fictional town of Spoon River, who come forward from their graves to tell us the truth about their lives. Sometimes, the truth is uncomfortable. Spoon River was an immediate and commercial success when it was published in 1915.

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