Poetry

You're halfway done with NaPoWriMo! Hopefully the muses are still inspiring you, but we're also here to help. Why not check out a collection of poems like this anthology? Struggling with meter and rhythm? Maybe listening to poetry like the ones in this collection will be just the cure you need.

Day 15: Halfway there! Today, pick two of the poems you’ve already written and try to combine them in some way. This could be taking the style of one and the theme of another or perhaps creating a metaphor that recognizes two ideas you have thought about.

Day 16: Write about a time you had to say goodbye, whether to a person, to an ideal, or to a time of life.

Day 17: Find a random piece of prose online. This could range from blog posts (you could take this one for instance) or a page from a story. Print it out and practice blackout poetry, which is where you blackout all the words except the ones you want to use to create a poem.

Day 18: Embody one of your favorite book characters and how they would react to a situation in your life.

Day 19: Go to an art exhibit (like perhaps one in The Attic at your local library), listen to a movie score, or participate in some form of art that isn’t literary. Write a poem inspired by that piece of art. 

Day 20: Everyone has that weird pet peeve. Today, write a poem about yours.

Day 21: Think about food. Eat some food. Write about food. 

If you missed them, don't forget to check out the prompts from the first and second weeks of April, and be sure to watch for next week's edition!

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The 80s and 90s have been making a major comeback in fashion. Not so coincidentally, the same can be said for media and entertainment. With the new Babysitters Club TV show headed our way, and the resurgence of the book series with updated covers and in graphic novel form, the nostalgia for everybody’s favorite girl gang has been real. Each of the original five taught young girls so much about how to deal with everyday problems and how to be true to themselves—lessons which are still applicable today. They’re excellent role models, and each was unique in both style and personality.

Below, I’ll give examples of how these five amazing babysitters might dress today, if one wanted to emulate their favorite babysitter.

KristyKRISTY

Kristy would take full advantage of the growing athleisure trend. Our fearless leader is all about true comfort, and not budging even an inch in the interest of fashion. Luckily for her, she can look put-together but still laidback in modern styles so as not to draw the critical eyes of her best friends, Stacey and Claudia.

Kristy is far too athletic to care if everything matches perfectly, or fits quite right. She’d stick to neutrals to keep it simple, and she’s not into matching sets—that’s a little too cute for her. Starting with a simple pair of actual athletic leggings, in black, Kristy would wear a plain tee on top, but it would be a true basic with a simple fit. Functional tennis shoes in a fun color on bottom, and a denim jacket tied around her waist for when she’s out late playing games keep her ready to get active at any time. And of course, her signature baseball cap over her ponytail so she doesn’t have to do her hair.

 

ClaudiaCLAUDIA

Claudia will forever be that cool artsy girl whose style we didn’t dare copy, even though we all wished we could. She’s sophisticated, but not as sleek as her best friend Stacey. Her style tends more towards funky, stylish, trendy, and colorful. She’s known for little pieces that pull her look together, like a scarf that has all the colors of her outfit, or earrings that match a bracelet, or something else that gives her look, which might be a little crazy, a nice touch.

Claudia would embrace every inch of the latest cool, trendy styles, but with her ever-present flair for vintage and thrifted goods. The current overalls obsession would entice her instantly. But she wouldn’t just wear the most basic of denim overalls. No, she’d find the ones with the funky print or the pinstripes. And of course, she wouldn’t wear them with anything neutral. She’d pick a brightly colored blouse with a menswear touch, via a necktie. The mules trend would work really well with her style, so she’d find a funky pair of velvet embroidered ones. To top off her look she’d match her earrings to her shoes and call it a good day.

 

DawnDAWN

Dawn has always been our laid-back California girl. While she exudes casual cool, she’s never been one to work too hard on her outfits. She likes it simple and comfy, but she’s far less into athletics than Kristy. If it’s too tight, or too girly, or too sporty, it won’t do. She likes to be able to run to the beach at any time, and not have to worry too much about her clothes.

Dawn would be all over the boyfriend jeans trend. They’re loose and comfy, but she looks cool in them. Despite her rejection of trendy clothes, she likes looking cool. She’d pair her loose jeans with an equally loose shirt, preferably a relaxed button down in some color reminiscent of her pastel-studded childhood. On her feet would be some sort of sporty sandal in a fun color that she can look nice in on the boardwalk, but also won’t be ruined if she just can’t resist getting her feet wet. On both her wrist and in her long, blonde hair, we can assume she’d have a velvet scrunchie, as they’re the easiest and coolest way to remind us of the original BSC.

 

StaceySTACEY

Stacey has always been the more sophisticated companion to Claudia’s wild style. She wears a lot of black, she always looks put-together and a little older than her friends, and she is perfectly in style at all times. Stacey would never leave the house looking anything less than flawless.

Starting with her signature color, black, Stacey would wear a sleek midi pencil skirt. On top, she’d wear a black slouchy turtleneck, which is a nice update to the turtlenecks of her childhood. She’d wear it in a half tuck so that she keeps the lines of her skirt, while maintaining her casually sophisticated style. For accessories she’d keep it simple with a simple gold pendant necklace with an S on it. On her feet, nude slides would keep with her sleek theme and will be comfy enough to keep up with her likely busy life.

 

Mary AnneMARY ANNE

Mary Anne is our resident sweetheart. She’s kind and loving, and very responsible. And it shows in her clothing. Mary Anne would love touches of the twee styles that have become mainstream in the last few years, although she’ll never be truly converted. She’s far too sensible to lean too far into fashion. She might be convinced to wear a sweet Peter Pan collar dress or shirt, but she’ll always return to the fashion basics that keep her looking preppy, girly, and professional.

Mary Anne would rock a simple sweater in a neutral color with a collar underneath. The simplicity of it keeps her looking grounded and not too fashionable, but looks nice and classic with the addition of a collar. Mary Anne loves a good pair of basic, dark wash jeans, with zero holes, and a sleek cut. A pair of classic brown ankle boots round out her look and provide her with a pop of color and the ability to jet around and get things done. And of course, she must wear a watch.

 

The BSC helped inspire young girls to make their mark on the world. And we love them so much, we still want to be like them today. If you choose to dress like your favorite babysitter, don’t forget to emulate her best qualities too!

 What to Read Next

There’s no wrong way to pick which book to read, but it can be so hard to choose! Sometimes I look at my (very long) to-read list and get overwhelmed by all the equally wonderful-looking options. Other times I get hit with reader’s block and I just can’t want to decide what to read. I love recommendations from friends and librarians (hint, hint), but sometimes I know what I’m looking for…or at least I’ll know it when I find it. Whenever you find yourself wondering, “what next?”, we’ve got plenty of ways to help you out.

BOOKLISTS

You’ve probably seen our brightly colored booklists around the library already. These helpful guides can be found around the reference desks and on special book displays. Besides our annual “Best Of” lists for both fiction and nonfiction, we have lists for all sorts of genres, alternate formats (like audio books and documentaries), grade-levels, and more for all ages. We review our booklists each year to keep them fresh and up to date. If you don’t see one that strikes your fancy, just ask a Librarian and they will show you the booklists that aren’t on display – yes, we’ve got that many. If you’re browsing from home, all of our booklists can be found online (http://www.provolibrary.com/booklists), too! Here are some of our MVPs:

Librarian Favorites – With a version for adult and young adult readers, this list is great for suggestions across all genres, whether you want fiction or nonfiction. All titles included on this list are actual favorites of the librarian who suggested them. Yep, that means we read it and loved it. If you’re open to options across genres but want a personal endorsement too, this is the booklist for you.

Clean Reads – This list includes titles without graphic violence, language, or adult content – the key word being “graphic.” Books on this list may have an expletive or two, some violence or sexual references, but not in explicit, gory detail. Also available in young adult and adult versions, this list is great for readers looking for a great book on the lighter side of things.

BOOK BLOGS

Obviously, you already know about this blog, but did you know we have two other blogs dedicated to recommending books to you? The Library Staff Reviews blog features both nonfiction and fiction books from the Adult and Young Adult collections that we librarians are reading. You can browse through the posts or use the “Labels” links on the right-side menu to see posts sorted by tags like Staff Picks, Clean Reads, Romance, Graphic Novels, and SCI-FI.

For recommendations from the Children’s collection, head to the Children’s Book Reviews blog. You’ll see posts of individual titles plus posts listing several books related to our displays. Like the Library Staff Reviews blog, you’ll also find labels on the right-side menu if you want to look for posts on specific topics. We only post reviews of books that we’d actually recommend to you, so any title you find on these blogs is a winner as far as we’re concerned!

LIBRARIANS

You’ll hear us librarian say it again and again: we love giving you recommendations! Come on up to a reference desk (we’re really nice, I swear) and tell us you need help choosing a book. Better yet, ask us what tricks we use to help people decide what to read! While we often can suggest a book off the top of our head, we also use our booklists, the library blogs, and other resources like Novelist Plus (it’s so cool!) to pick something out for you. We’re happy to share all our tricks and tips with you!

If you don’t have time to stop and chat, you can fill out a Personalized Reading Recommendation request online. Once you fill out the questionnaire, a librarian will use your answers and email you a list of 3-5 books tailored to your preferences! 

That’s enough from me – it’s time for you to find out what’s next! Be sure to tell us if a booklist ,blog post, or recommendation helped you find an amazing book!

Poetry

How are you enjoying National Poetry Writing Month? If you're participating in #NaPoWriMo, it can be hard to decide what to write about, but we're here to help! Here are a few prompts to get you started this week.

Day 8: Idioms and proverbs are fun because when someone unfamiliar with one asks us, “What does that mean?” we don’t know always how to respond. We just know, right? Find an idiom or proverb you love (or one that you don’t get) and write a poem around it.

Day 9: Use these random words and write a poem: coil, useless, hulking, wistful, space.

Day 10: Let’s try syllable work and create a Cinquain poem. The Cinquain is five lines long. The first line is comprised of 2 syllables, 4 in the second line, 6 in the third, 8 in the fourth, and 2 in the fifth. 

Day 11: Write a poem relying on the senses of smell, taste, hearing, touch. Do not use sight at all in the poem but rather create an image with the other four senses. 

Day 12: Find five things in your house that start with the same letter. Write a poem where they all appear.

Day 13: Write a poem where your first initial is the first letter of each line in the first stanza, your middle initial is the first letter of each in the second stanza  (if you don’t have one, you get one less stanza!), and your last initial is the first letter of the last stanza. For extra credit, create a final line where you have a word starting with each letter to finish off.

Day 14: Let’s practice repetition! Pick a letter in the alphabet and try to repeat the letter again and again in your poem.

For more poetic inspiration, be sure to check out last week's post, and be on the lookout for more ideas the next two weeks. 

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