Poetry Night with Luci Tapahonso

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month as we welcome Luci Tapahonso, the first Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation, to the Farmington Public Library on Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 pm. Luci will conduct a poetry reading, which will be followed by a short Q&A about her works. She will also be signing and selling books of her poetry.

Luci was born in Shiprock, New Mexico to a traditional Navajo family. She started writing poetry at an early age, and she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a MA in Creative Writing in 1983. Her first collection of poetry, “One More Shiprock Night,” was published in 1981. She has attained numerous awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, and a Spirit of the Eagle Leadership Award for helping to create the Indigenous Studies Graduate Program at the University of Kansas. In addition to publishing nine original books of poetry and being included in several poetry compilations, Luci has also taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Kansas, and the University of Arizona.
This National Poetry Month, Get Slammin’!
You’ve been writing poetry for as long as you can remember, looking out the window of the bus, your face in shadow beneath the hood of your jacket as you fill stacks of spiral notebooks with your words on those long commutes to your job at a car factory in Detroit. Or maybe you write under different conditions, I don’t know. The point is, you know you’ve got talent, but you haven’t had an opportunity to prove it in a competitive public forum where you can win monetary prizes in addition to glory. But that’s all about to change. That is, you’ll have an opportunity now. The talent part won’t change. You get to keep that.

As part of our National Poetry Month festivities, we proudly present FPL’s “The Verse” Poetry Slam! Join us in the Teen Zone at 6:30pm on April 19 for a poetic battle royale, noting that we welcome both teens and adults to perform! Step up to the microphone and let yourself be heard; this opportunity comes once in a lifetime, so lose yourself in the moment and own it .

To participate, register online at www.infoway.org . The competition is limited to 30 poets, so sign up early to secure your spot on the roster. Come prepared to perform up to three of your own poems, each under three minutes long. Versify about anything you want (but try to keep it PG-13 please; we’ll be right next to the youth services department)! Our three judges will issue points and the top three scorers will win gift cards: $10 for third place, $25 for second, and $50 for first.

If the idea of reading poetry to compete makes your palms sweaty, knees weak, and arms heavy, feel free to attend as a spectator, cheer on your favorites, and enjoy free snacks! If there’s time after the winner is announced, we may even open up the mic for some non-competitive reading.

Remember, we’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month in the library all April long. If you need some inspiration, ask for the Poet of the Day at the reference desk, or watch the flat-screen displays throughout the library to catch some bite-sized poems. Be sure to check our extensive poetry selection in the nonfiction department, where we’ve got everything from yesterday’s classics to today’s rising stars. Try a poet you’ve never heard of! And don’t miss First Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation Luci Tapahonso on April 26!
Where the Wild Things Are
Feature-Length Film Screening
TONIGHT @ 6:30pm
Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, it is adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It combines live-action, performers in costumes, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The film stars Max Records and features the voices of James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Lauren Ambrose, Forest Whitaker, Catherine O'Hara, and Chris Cooper.
NOTE:  “Where the Wild Things Are” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). The wild things in the movie have been designed and directed toward an older age group than the book’s original audience.
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Last Minute Tax Tips
We have some good news to share with all the procrastinators out there: the filing deadline to submit 2017 tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, 2018, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on that Monday, which pushes the filing deadline to Tuesday. Emancipation Day, typically celebrated April 16, honors the day Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill ending slavery in Washington, D.C.

The library will continue to distribute all available tax booklets and forms through Monday, April 30 th . Don’t see what you are looking for? Ask at the reference desk, where we can print copies at a rate of $.10 a page.

Additionally, the library’s web page – www.infoway.org – provides online access to the IRS, New Mexico, and other state taxation sites. Find the sites you need by going to the Adult Services page, located under “Programs,” and clicking on the “Tax Forms” link.
Spring Into Book Reviews!

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
Reviewed by: Ambrosia
Available in a variety of formats
This was a collection of hilarious and wild stories in the animal kingdom with MAJOR human characteristics and ideals. I LOVE David Sedaris!!
A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell
Reviewed by: Rhea
This book reminds me of some of the classic books by Jane Austen. It's set in the English countryside in the 1800s (like Austen's novels) and centers on a female for its main character. Charlotte Ward is a washed-up actress who becomes reunited with her estranged daughter and finds a new, satisfying and quiet life much different than the one she lived as a famous actress. I found this to be an enjoyable read.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Reviewed by: Jen, a fellow Goodreads reviewer
Available in variety of formats
I'm no tea connoisseur, but this story was so flavorful I could imagine myself sitting back enjoying a tea from The Naunnu mountains - perhaps even in a hammock. Hmmm. Steeped in traditions and superstitions, this is a richly textured story of Li-yan who becomes the only one in the Akha village who is fortunate enough to get an education. But young love intervenes and her path is changed. She is forced to give up her daughter but fortunate enough to be able to leave her at the city's orphanage. The life path she follows leads her to becoming a tea Master in her own right and the search for her daughter begins many years later. The role tea plays is at the heart of this story and how the lives of both mother and daughter are entwined within it. Its essence. Its power. Its connectivity. Beautifully written, this gets five stars.
Dearie by Bob Spits
Reviewed by: Debby
Available in variety of formats
For those of you who saw the movie "Julie and Julia," about the woman that cooked her way through Julia Child's French cookbook, this takes Julia's life in a little more detail. It is really interesting how Julia really got into French cooking and her celebrity life as she develops her expertise in French cooking. It also details more of her life with her husband. This book also highlights the sense of humor and strength of Julia. Truly an inspiration.
Upcoming Titles at FPL – April 2018
Titles Available on or near their release dates:
  • 4/3/2018 I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark
  • 4/3/2018 Hold Back the Dark, by Kay Hooper
  • 4/3/2018 Cave of Bones, by Anne Hillerman
  • 4/3/2018 The Knowledge, by Martha Grimes
  • 4/3/2018 The Road Home, by Beverly Lewis
  • 4/10/2018 After Anna, by Lisa Scottline
  • 4/10/2018 Twenty-One Days, by Anne Perry
  • 4/10/2018 The Cutting Edge, by Jeffery Deaver
  • 4/10/2018 Shoot First, by Stuart Woods
  • 4/10/2018 The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse, by Alexander McCall Smith
  • 4/17/2018 The First Family, by Michael Palmer
  • 4/17/2018 The Fallen, by David Baldacci
  • 4/17/2018 Bad Men and Wicked Women, by Eric Jerome Dickey
  • 4/17/2018 The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr
  • 4/24/2018 Shattered Mirror, by Iris Johansen
  • 4/24/2018 Twisted Prey, by John Sandford
  • 4/24/2018 You Think It, It’ll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • 4/30/2018 The 17th Suspect, by James Patterson
Additional Titles
Scheduled for Release this month:

  • Whisper the Dead, by Stella Cameron
  • Varina, by Charles Frazier
  • Miss Julia Raises the Roof, by Ann B. Ross
  • Queen Anne’s Lace, by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Greeks Bearing Gifts, by Philip Kerr
  • A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer
  • The Sixth Day, by Catherine Coulter
  • Macbeth, by Jo Nesbo
  • Noir, by Christopher Moore
  • In Prior’s Wood, by G.M. Malliet
  • Head On, by John Scalzi
  • The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens
  • What Was Ours, directed by Mat Hames
  • Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, cinematography by Ben Cole
  • Young Lakota, written by Marion Lipschutz
  • Navajo Math Circles, directed by George Paul Csicsery
  • Beats, Rhymes & Life, music by Madlib
  • We Breathe Again, directed and produced by Marsh Chamberlain
Audio Books
  • Non-Fiction
  • King Solomon's Mines, by Chris Harrald, read by various artists
  • Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff, read by Holter Graham
  • Dark in Death, by J. D. Robb, read by Susan Ericksen
  • Fifty Fifty, by James Patterson, read by Federay Holmes
  • Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman, read by John Rubinstein
  • Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella, read by Fiona Hardingham
  • Hellbent, by Gregg Hurwitz, read by Scott Brick
  • The Wife, by Alafair Burke, read by Xe Sands
  • Act of Revenge, by Dale Brown, read by Nick Sullivan
  • The Vanishing Season, by Joanna Schaffhausen, read by Lauren Fortgang
  • The End of Summer, by Rosamunde Pilcher, read by Jilly Bond
  • The Wake Up, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, read by Nick Podehl
Large Type Editions
  • Play Dead, by Bill James
  • Dark in Death, by J.D. Robb
  • Fall from Grace, by Danielle Steel
  • End Game, by David Baldacci
  • Enchantress of Numbers, by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Hardcore Twenty-Four, by Janet Evanovich
Downloadable Media
  • Erin Bakes Cakes, by Erin Gardner
  • The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr
  • Burn Bright, by Patricia Briggs
  • Compulsion, by Allison Brennan
  • The Escape Artist, by Brad Meltzer
  • High Voltage, Karen Marie Moning
  eAudio Books
  • Where There’s Hope, by Elizabeth Smart
  • Morning Star, by Pierce Brown
  • Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Broken Angels, by Richard K. Morgan
  • The Flirt, by M.C. Beaton
  • The Girl With Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee
Spotlighting the library’s collection of Federal Government Documents:
An American Budget: Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Document US PREX 2.8/2019
Thank you from Us to You!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spanish Language Collection Survey. Library staff will review the results to see how we can improve our collection and services to our patrons. We hope you will continue to use and enjoy the Spanish collection at your Farmington Public Library!
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