Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 10:56am
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest. This year's theme was animals,inspiring over 200 poems. Winners and honorable meniton recipients are invited to Poetry Night on Tuesday, April 25 to read their poems and receive prizes and certificates. Thank you to our judges: Peggy Kane, President, Friends of the Library, Kate Burnham, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Barbara Raab, Children's Librarian.
Kindergarten – Grade 1 Category
By Kellen Warren
Penguins live in igloos that are cold,
In the Arctic they eat fish we are told.
The dads stay with their eggs,
Holding them with their feet and legs.
Grade 2 -3 Category
By Ryan Garrant
The owl lays silently in a tree.
Silently, the mouse creeps slowly on the woodland floor.
On silent wings, the owl flies towards thy mouse, flap, flap, flap... but never heard.
Suddenly the mouse breaks the stillness of the night.
Eeeek! sadly, it is too late.
The owl then flies silently into the night.
Grade 4-5 Category
The Poem of the Bad Dog
By Gianna Misiraca
Don’t want to fetch sticks,
Don’t want to sit for my owner,
I steal food from the fridge
And take the printer toner.
I’m the worst dog of all,
I don’t follow rules,
I won’t do tricks,
Those are for fools.
I’m a realy picky dog,
I’ll only eat treats,
But I am so loveable
I can’t be beat!
Middle School Category
By Kathryn Rohleder
Small and shiny
Swimming in circles
Never finding the end
of the imaginary maze
The tiny turtle tired out
The tiny turtle
submerges in the
clay colored water
The tiny turtle was gone like
a mysterious phantom
in the shadows of the night
High School Category
Paradox with Legs
By Amy Lynn Warner
You frighten me, so.
I scream, I screech, I squeal
and yet you move not.
You're in the corner waiting to make your move,
I'm running out the door calling for help.
You fearless creature, you.
You wretched beast.
If you were another, I would not mind.
I rather anything but you.
You and your eight limbs to torture society.
I only have passion and hopes for life, and
yet you make me go against all I stand for.
My morals twist, my body horrid,
all because of a stupid little spider.
The Zookeeper’s Symphony
By Christine Blaisdell
On a Saturday night, when the zookeeper’s keys
Have locked the front gates with a click and a squeeze,
The hippos let go a most watery moan
And the toucans catch hold of the rich overtone.
The primates percuss, snapping fingers and toes,
While the elephant inhales and lifts its great nose.
In the dim light of a thin crescent moon,
A trill, a crescendo, a riotous tune
The peacocks conduct with an arrogant flare,
Coaxing a growl from the lone polar bear.
The zebras create a fine washboard effect
Rubbing their stripes side to side, neck to neck.
A smart pair of meerkats barks up the scale;
A young leopard whines while chasing its tail.
Up on the high ground, some old mountain goats
Bleat several sweet bars of staccato notes.
Then, an African lion adds a deep roar
To the rippling sounds of the sleepy sloth’s snore.
The zookeeper smiles as she hangs up her keys,
Then, humming along, plays the spoons on her knees.
Honorable Mention Poems
Giraffes by Carly Thayer
All Monkeys by Keira Rice
Dolphins by Sonny Rebeiro
Pandas by Jessi Ding
The Legend of the Ocean by Aidan Briere
Bald Eagle by Ali Rana
Frogs by Tyler Ward
One Moose Standing Strong by Brendan Daly
Animals are We by Mei Lu Barnum
When You Walk in the Forrest by Julia Ferraro
To an Undaunted Doe by Sr Mildred A. Rothwell OSF
New Jersey Road by M Barbara Duris
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:03am
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. As part of the celebraton, we would like you tell us why the library is important to you. Just click on the link in the banner on our home page. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searchin for information for a homework assignment, we want you to know you are important to use and we are here for you.
Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 11:47am
Tickets are now on sale for the library's next After Hours Concert on Friday, March 30, 7 pm. If you enjoy Motown to Cole Porter, you’ll love “Four Guys in Tuxes”. These versatile vocalists and musicians will wow you with a wide range of toe tapping tunes taking requests from the audience to boot. Take advantage of an opportunity for an inexpenisve evening “out on the town” close to home. The After Hours Concert is held on the first floor with reserved seating, Starbucks coffee, dessert, and a complimentary glass of wine included. Tickets are $10 Must be 21+.
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:52pm
Just a reminder that the library will be closed Saturday December 24 through Monday December 26. Stop by the library to stock up with books, dvds, music, etc. before the long holiday weekend. The library staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 10:46am
The library is accepting non-perishable foods in lieu of money for overdue fines during the month of December. In the spirt of Food for Fines, the amount of the donation should be comparable to the amount of the fine owed. There is no limit to the amount of fines that can be waived, but food canot be used to pay for lost or damaged books. Donated food items should be in good condition and not have expired dates. Collected food will be donated to the Wilmington Food Pantry. Suggested items are listed on the Community Fund website.
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:41pm
Bruins fans who would like a chance to win a gift basket filled with Bruins items including two tickets for a Bruins game on January 31 with Ottawa Senators can purchase tickets for a drawing at the library. Other items in the basket include sticks and pucks autographed by your favorite players, a Bruins back pack, winter cap, NHL scarf, throw blanket and ice scraper. Tickets can be purchased for $2 each and 3 for $5 at the library’s main desk. The gift basket is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Thanks to Dan Wandell, Vice-President of the Friends of the Library, for donating the Bruins gift basket. The drawing for the gift basket will be held on Friday, December 16, just in time to give the gift to a Bruins fan for Christmas.
Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:38am
Residents without power came to the library to use the Internet, check their email, and get warm. Many commented to staff that they appreciated having the library to come to. We are pleased to be able to provide this service in time of need.
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:09pm
The library purchases a movie license annually that provides permission to show feature length films to an audience. Thanks to the Friends of the Library funding for the new audio video system, a movie theater like atmosphere adds to your viewing enjoyment. On October 28, at 10 am, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to enjoy Winnie the Pooh, the latest movie about the lovable bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. The adult audience can watch Water for Elephants on Tuesday November 1, with show time starting at 6:45 pm. This movie is based on the bestselling book by Sara Gruen. The entire family can come on Friday November 4, at 7 pm for a showing of Cars 2. Please note that the library closes at 5 pm for normal business on Fridays. Doors open for the movie at 6:45pm and will be closed by 7:05 pm. So zoom over to the library on time to watch Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater when they head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. Please register for these movie events.
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 11:25am
Welcome to our new web site! I hope you like the new look and that you will find it user friendly. The website is built on Drupal, an open source content management system. This software provides features, such as, RSS feeds that patrons can subscribe to for news and event updates. Patrons can also comment on to blog posts and events. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with you via this Director's blog and encourage you to give me your feedback on the library via this post. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Curtis Wyant, our Technology Librarian, for all his work on the development of this web site.
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