April Rains. May Flowers

British Textile Artist, Su Blackwell, also creates book art.

Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors who continue to make our library a special place. For those who came by April 4-9 to order a free book, we hope you will enjoy your selection. The top picks from the Library’s launch of Hancock Reads included:

1) Educated by Tara Westover;

2) Birds of America by Lorrie Moore;

3) The History of America in 100 Maps by Susan Schulten.

April is poetry month. You might enjoy one of the following selections of poetry on a rainy day.

  • The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems. One of America’s great poets (1830-1886) only had 12 poems published. The rest, some 1,788, were kept in small handmade books that she stored at home. Dickinson wrote envelope poems later in life, considered by some to be her most radical period.
  • Dog lovers know how faithful, affectionate, and whimsical dogs can be. The Book of Dog Poems by Ana Sampson (editor) and Sarah Maycock (illustrator) is hard to resist.
  • Spring is a season that can make hearts flutter. French Love Poems by Tynan Kogane (editor) presents an over-worn and timeless topic with all of the passion that has inspired poets from the 16th century on to write verses about something that still makes the world go around.

If poetry is not your thing, here’s something to consider doing on rainy days this month.

Ernest Hemingway once suggested that all it takes to tell a good story is to begin by writing “one true sentence.” If you had to tell your story, what would be the one true sentence you would want a reader to know? Sounds easier than it is. Muster courage. Dribble around with what you really want to say. Scribble thoughts on a piece of paper as they come to mind, wherever they come to mind. Mull them over. Sleep on them. Does anything ring true??? If not, revise, revise, revise.

Have fun this month!