Blogger Paige Bentley-Flannery

Tween Poetry Writing Camp

Today is the first day of National Poetry Month! Whether you’ve been sharing poems all year at story time, interactive poetry at schools or introducing new poetry books  to library customers, April is the perfect month to try something new! In January, I had a wonderful opportunity to observe a Tween Writing Camp, a new library program created by April Witteveen, Community Librarian at the Downtown Bend Branch at Deschutes Public Library.   The camp was one of the best Tween programs I’ve seen all year.   It was extremely well organized, filled with enthusiasm and so many creative stories.  Tweens were excited about writing – sharing their stories after each writing activity, working together on stories and talking about favorite books.   I knew right away I wanted to try a Tween Poetry Writing Camp at the Sisters Branch in April for National Poetry Month.  April shared her camp structure…

Blogger Paige Bentley-Flannery

Celebrate Women Artists!

Have you explored the amazing selection of famous women biographies in the past few years?  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz,  Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley,  I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and so many more! In December, I spent an afternoon at the Guggenheim exploring Agnes Martin’s art.  I enjoyed seeing her selection of paintings from the past 40 years – lines, grids, whites, grays to bold colors conveying “abstract emotions.”  It made me think of all of the other strong, persistent, creative women artists. What women artist do you think of during Women’s History Month? Louise Bourgeois and her huge spiders?  Meret Oppenheim and her fur dishes?  Frida Kahlo and her…