Somehow, mercifully, it's the final week of March, the week of the lamb! The polar vortex has waned, and we're finding in its wake a flurry of literary endeavors.
This month, as part of Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together program, we hosted food-themed events at two different library branches. Our students ranged in age from eight to 18, and one student's mother even stayed to write with us. We wrote haikus about everything from pig's feet to beets, conceived of fictitious wacky Yelp reviews, and personified various food items for dramatized dinner scenes. Joanna from Bookbug even joined us to invite us to their open mic night: Verses and Vibes on Food, this Friday, March 28, from 7 – 9 pm. Stop by whether you'd like to share something you've written, simply take it all in to digest (!) for further work, or to savor the company.
We also had the great pleasure to take part in our first official RAWK excursion, in partnership with WMU's Environmental and Sustainability Studies program. Thanks to the enormous generosity of the Gwen Frostic Endowment, we boarded a bus at the crack of dawn, made our way first to the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn to see how the F-150 "sausage" is made, then headed off to the Detroit Institute of Arts to explore Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry. We look forward to distilling this experience down to a collection of written and photographic responses to share with Kalamazoo.
In April we're looking forward to more library events to celebrate National Poetry Month and Kalamazoo's first-ever Poetry Festival. We'll also be planning and recruiting students and volunteers for our summer workshops. This year we'll have programming available for students entering grades 4 – 12. Hop over to our calendar for specific information, and send us an email to register. Space is quite limited, so connect with us soon!