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Four American Poets, Part II

Focusing on the poetry of four modern American writers whose work represents both the tradition of American poetry and its evolution into the twentieth century and beyond, this new four-part series is presented as independent discussions of Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, and Rita Dove. Within each separate session, however, themes common to all will be discussed, as well as the influence on each by the “mother” and “father” of American poetry, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. This series is one of the Literature for a Lifetime programs from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

All discussions will take place in the library’s Community Room. Please note the alternating afternoon and evening meeting times.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm.
ROBERT FROST

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
LANGSTON HUGHES

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ELIZABETH BISHOP

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RITA DOVE

Texts for American Poets, Part II are available from the library’s Information Desk. View list of texts and poems

Sponsor a Tile as a Holiday Gift

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the person who has everything? Sponsor a tile in his or her honor as part of the library's Wallingford Tile Mural. The mural will tell the story of Wallingford and will recognize donors to the furnishing fund. Renowned ceramic artist Marion Grebow has been commissioned to create this permanent public art installation. The artist’s hand-sculpted bas-relief picture tiles will be based on historical research and resources. Tiles will depict actual events, places, and native plants and animals that reflect Wallingford, past and present. When you buy a tile, your name or a name of your choice will be permanently glazed under the picture. Please contact Amy Humphries, Assistant Director, with any questions at (203)265-6754. Sponsor forms are available at the Information Desk.

Holiday Closing

The Library will close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31st and will remain closed on Thursday, January 1st in observance of New Year's. Regular hours resume on Friday, January 2nd.

Celebrate Italian Style

Thursday, December 18th
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Italian cooking and growing up in an Italian kitchen with cookbook author Jacqueline Miconi. The wonderful, authentic flavors of real Italian cooking have been a part of Ms. Miconi's life since childhood, along with a passion for Italian culture.

Ms. Miconi's book, Celebrate Italian Style, will be available for signing and purchase at the conclusion of the program. Refreshments will be served. Please register online, in person, or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Freedom Road Essay Contest

The Wallingford Public Library and the Wallingford Coalition for Unity invite you to participate in an essay contest combining United States History and English literature.

The purpose of the contest is twofold: to help raise awareness of the delicate balance of race relations in this country following the Civil War; and to examine what relevance this might have in our country today as we struggle to integrate many ethnicities into our society without confusing our neighbors with the terrorists we see on the nightly news.

Who May Enter: Any high school sophomore who lives in Wallingford.

Essay Topic: Students are asked to read the novel Freedom Road by Howard Fast; and then write an essay discussing the ways in which groups of people deal with one another, both post-Civil War and present-day, and how we might better move toward understanding in a global society.

Length: Essays should be approximately two typewritten pages (8 ½” X 11”) double-spaced.

Judging: The essays will be judged by a panel of community members who will look for clarity of expression and good writing skills, and, more importantly, a depth of insight into relations between human beings and a genuine desire to foster understanding.

Awards: The first-place winner will receive $500, the second-place winner will receive $300, and the third-place winner will receive $200. All winning essays will be published in the local newspaper.

Copies of Freedom Road are available at the library to students interested in entering this contest.

Please submit your essay and application by January 30, 2009 to:
Wallingford Public Library Information Desk
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492

Call (203)265-6754 with any questions.

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