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Winter is upon us once again.
Ice is slippery, take heed!
Newly fallen snow beautifies.
The books are waiting,
Evening hot chocolate calls,
Read to your heart’s content!
 Sarah Duffy, Library Assistant

Library “Chain Verse”

Summer at the lake

Change of Seasons

C     Cranberry autumn
Here comes spring, and summer and fall and winter
Applesauce season
Night season
Goodbye season
Eastern sun, winter moon

Off season
F   Friend for all seasons

S   Season of gifts
E   Every autumn comes the bear
A   Animals in winter
S   Season of angels
O   Out and about
N   Now it is winter
S   Season for singing

All of the above titles are available through the Gardiner Public Library.  Click on the title to check on the availability of each title.

Dr. Seuss – A Poem From The Shelves

The following “poem” uses only titles written by Dr. Seuss!  Enjoy!

My Many Colored Days
I Am Not Going To Get Up Today
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!!
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Wacky Wednesday
Horton Hatches The Egg
Green Eggs And Ham
Ten Apples Up On Top
The Butter Battle Book
Scrambled Eggs Super!
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!
The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff
I Can Draw It Myself
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Maybe You Should Fly A Jet! Maybe You Should Be A Vet!
Would You Rather Be A Bullfrog?
I Wish I Had Duck Feet
My Book About Me
The Kings Stilts ; Hop On Pop
Hooper Humperdink . . . ? Not Him!
Please Try To Remember The First Of Octember!
Gerald McBoing Boing
Happy Birthday To You!
You’re Only Old Once!
Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!
What Pet Should I Get?
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
The Many Mice Of Mr. Brice
The Cat In The Hat
The Lorax
Fox In Socks
There’s A Wocket In My Pocket!
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
On Beyond Zebra
Hunches In Bunches
Yertle The Turtle
Oh Say Can You Say?
The Tough Coughs As He Ploughs The Dough
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month—hope you’ve stopped by to see our “Poet-tree” at the main desk! Even for avid readers, poetry is often thought of as being hard to read or understand. I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve read a poem. But being the word nerd that I am, I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

My grandmother gave me Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses when I was a little girl. I was enthralled by the beautifully detailed illustrations and quickly became enamored with the way the words flowed. It’s quite possible that this book was what triggered my lifelong passion for words.                            
In high school, my favorite English teacher introduced us to many great authors. It was in Mr. Cummins’s class that I discovered the eloquence and poignancy of “The Road Not Taken”, and it has stuck with me all these years. It remains today my favorite poem. Early Frost contains the author’s first three books, one of which is Mountain Intervalwhere “The Road Not Taken” can be found.   
It was also in high school that I discovered “Nature’s First Green is Gold”, which was notably referred to in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Much to my delight, the poem was written by Robert Frost and it led me to discover many others by him. “Nature’s First Green is Gold” can be found in New Hampshire, along with “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Fire and Ice”.                        
One of my latest favorites is Sharon Creech’s Love that Dog, which is actually free verse. It’s written in the form of a diary, from the perspective of a boy who refuses to do his poetry assignments. It’s a quick read and makes a great point about the way we perceive things. As a teacher, it’s assigned reading for all my students. I even try to make my friends and family read it too. And now I challenge you to read it! 
Sarah Duffy, Library Assistant

Elisabeth Ogilvie – A Poem From The Shelves

Poetry from the shelves!  The following poem uses only titles by Maine author, Elisabeth Ogilvie.
The Fabulous Year
The Day Before Winter
When The Music Stopped
The Young Islanders
The Silent Ones
Weep And Know Why
The Road To Nowhere
Where The Lost Aprils Are
There May Be Heaven
The World Of Jennie G.
Call Home The Heart
Jennie About To Be
The Dreaming Swimmer
The Face Of Innocence
Image Of A Lover
A Dancer In Yellow
The Dawning Of The Day
Strawberries In The Sea
High Tide At Noon
Ceiling Of Amber
Waters On A Starry Night
A Theme For Reason
An Answer In The Tide
Beautiful Girl
Turn Around Twice
The Seasons Hereafter

Poetry From The Shelves – A tribute To James Patterson

I think it’s time again for a Poem From The Shelves!

The following two poems were created using ONLY titles of James Patterson books.
My Brother Is A Big, Fat Liar
Alex Cross, Run
Run For Your Life
You’ve Been Warned
Watch The Skies
When The Wind Blows    Sail    Cross Country
Don’t Blink
How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, And Snake Hill
Second Honeymoon
Now You See Her
Guilty Wives
See How They Run
The Quickie
Tick Tock
The Final Warning
Get Me Out Of Here!
Game Over
Pop Goes The Weasel

Murder in the library??? Ask Agatha Christie!

October seems like a good time for a mystery tribute.  Following is a poem created using only titles of Agatha Christie novels.
Halloween Party
The Man In The Brown Suit
Lord Edgware Dies
A Murder Is Announced
Mrs. McGinty’s dead
Endless Night
The Clocks
The Thirteen Problems
The Moving Finger
Appointment With Death
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Parker Pyne Investigates
Five Little Pigs
The Big Four
Partners In Crime
Third Girl
Dumb Witness
Cards On The Table
Ordeal Of Innocence
They Do It With Mirrors
The Pale Horse
Destination Unknown
The Hollow
Peril At End House
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans
Murder Is Easy
By The Pricking Of My Thumbs
Sparkling Cyanide
A Pocket Full Of Rye
Death Comes At The End
After The Funeral
The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side
Crooked House
Dead Man’s Folly
And Then There Were None

Poetry From The Shelves – A Tribute To Danielle Steel

Many times, as books pass through my hands, I have thought how interesting it might be to write a story using only book titles.  There are SO MANY interesting? fascinating? intriguing? just plain odd? titles available! 
For my first attempt, I used only one author, Danielle Steel – she has over 80 titles currently available.  I shuffled through the titles, let them fall together, shifted several, and good, bad or indifferent, here is what I came up with.
Family Album
Granny Dan
A Good Woman
Answered Prayers
Sisters    –    Friends Forever
Dating Game
Toxic Bachelors
Irresistible Forces    –    The Klone and I
The Kiss
Season of Passion
No Greater Love
The Ring
Matters of the Heart
Impossible    –    Secrets
Mixed Blessings
Leap of Faith
The Wedding
The Promise    –    Now and Forever
The Gift
Special Delivery
Happy Birthday    –    Zoya
Big Girl
Remembrance    –    Kaleidoscope
Family Ties
Full Circle
Ann Russell, Technical Services Librarian