Saturday, November 1, 2014

Calling All Poets!

Calling All Poets for the 2015 SLV Poetry Reading



Felton Library Friends invites submissions of poems on the topic of "What I Have Lost?" for the 11th Annual SLV Poetry Reading.

Poems must be submitted by March 8, 2015 to slvpoetryreading@gmail.com. One poem per poet please. Poems will be selected from each of four age categories for reading by their authors at the Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. The age groups are: 4-8 years (dictation OK), 9-12, 13-17, and Adult. Include name, age category, and phone number with your submission.

An excellent series of questions and suggestions to inspire poets,
has been prepared by this year's poet/reader Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz County Poetry Laureate.


What Have You Lost?

We all lose many things as we go through life. Some we miss dearly. Some we're glad to be done with. Some are physical and tangible. Some are people or pets. Some are feelings or beliefs or states of being. Life is a series of losses and new discoveries and experiences. 

*Is there some object you once had that you've lost? Describe it in detail (using the senses--sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell) and as you do, allow yourself to remember the time you had it and any feelings from then or now. If there is another person connected to this object, you can include them too.

*Is there a feeling or a state of being that you have lost? Describe that feeling or state and as you do, try to make it as specific as possible, avoiding too many abstract words and generalities. Maybe talk about a time when you still had that feeling or state of being and use sensory detail there too. It could be a feeling or a state of being that you wish you still had or it could be one that you're glad to be rid of. Sometimes when we lose something, we gain something as well, so that might also be a part of your poem--what has come to you in place of what you lost?

*Have you lost someone dear to you--through an argument, moving away, or growing in different directions? Or have you lost someone you loved through illness or death? Write about them in a way that makes room for you to describe that person so we can know them too. And you can include your feelings, thoughts and memories, your grief or longing or anger or feeling of release or relief.

*Have you ever gotten lost? You could write about that. Again, using specific sensory detail and description. Where were you? Describe the location, what was around you, how you felt. Did you discover anything through being lost? Did you find anything?

*Sometimes we go through a time in our lives when we feel lost. If you've ever gone through a time like that, write about it. Again, use specific sensory detail and description. 

*We live in a world where there are also losses larger than our own personal lives. War and violence, poverty and homelessness, racism and sexism--all these come with their losses. You might want to write about what you have lost that is not directly about your own life, but that affects you deeply. If so, try to be as detailed and specific here as you would if you were writing about your own life.

*We've also had many losses environmentally. We've lost ice in the Arctic, many species (with others endangered), farm land, forests, etc. You might want to write about these larger losses as well. And, as always, remember that one of your greatest tools as a poet is attention to specific, sensory detail and description.

*You may have another idea about what you've lost that isn't included here. Feel free to interpret this suggestion in any way you choose. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Read-A-Thon October 15

Wednesday, October 15
4:00-6:00 P.M., Felton Public Library

COMMUNITY READERS

4:00 Joni Martin-Hansen -excerpt from “In a Sunburned Country” by Bill Bryson

4:10 Unhae Langis - Excerpt from her original writing

4:20 Georgie Purtscher – Excerpt from John Muth’s “Zen Shorts”

4:30 Cast members from SLVHS Drama Department performing  excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

4:45 Karen Van Putten - Excerpt from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”

5:00 Tandy Beal – Poetry Plus

5:15 Cast members from “Spamalot” currently playing at Mountain Theatre in Ben Lomond

5:30 SLV High School Students – original writing

5:45 Doug Morris – excerpt from author Lydia Davis

Drop by anytime!

Sponsored by Felton Library Friends, a Chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

www.feltonlibraryfriends.org

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer Children's Programs

STARTING THIS TUESDAY
SUMMER CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS 
AT THE FELTON BRANCH LIBRARY
 Tuesdays at 3:00 except as noted.

Family Crafts -- Tuesdays 3-4 pm -- Ages 3 to 100.
Join us on Tuesdays for a drop-in family craft time. We will get messy so wear proper attire for painting & other fun stuff! Crafts are subject to change...

Tuesday, June 10, 3:00 Pet Placemats

Friday, June 13, 2:00 Coventry & Kaluza
Coventry & Kaluza are devoted to the art of clown and circus. With a decade of collaboration, they have more acts than you can count on your fingers with various skills for your enjoyment and education. Coventry & Kaluza have made audiences laugh in schools, festivals, nightclubs, variety houses, private houses, circus tents, churches, conference rooms, elder care facilities, juvenile hall, on the street, and even in a castle! They’ve performed in the United States, Canada and the UK, France, Spain and Japan, by themselves and with: Circus Bella, Flynn Creek Circus, Cosmic Fools, Circus of Sound, One Thought Theatre, The Clown Cabaret, Sweet Can Productions, New Pickle Circus, Sun & Moon Ensemble, Vegetable Circus, The NY Clown Festival and more! They have also performed in seven and co-written two seasons of the Pickle Circus School Tour (produced by the SF Circus Center). Partners both onstage and off, they bring chemistry and devotion to every performance.

Tuesday, June 17, 3:00 Book bags

Friday, June 20, 2:30 Brian Scott --Magician
Brian Scott got interested in magic at a young age and was lucky enough to study with some of the top leading magicians as he grew as a performer, helping form him into an entertainer who is now one of the leading names in his business. Over the years, Brian has been hired to use his magic not only to entertain but also to promote movies and consult theatrical productions. In addition, Brian Scott writes for trade journals for the magic community and has had his ideas manufactured and marketed to other magicians for use in their own shows.Being described as a mix of one part Elvis impersonation, two parts goof, and the facial expressions of Jim Carrey, Brian Scott has traveled across the country entertaining audiences with his unique blend of magic and his down-to-earth yet mysterious personality.

Tues. June 24 3:00 Pet rocks
Tues. July 1 3:00 Foil painting
Tues. July 8 3:00 Fun with beads
Tues. July 15 3:00 Suncatchers
Tues. July 22 3:00 Clay art



Thursday, May 29, 2014

FLF Fundraiser -- Glenn Lyons Paintings



First Friday Felton Art Walk
Felton Library Friends Fundraiser
Friday, June 6, 6-9 p.m.
The Satellite (next to Don Quixote's)
6265 Highway 9, Felton

Many FLF members have enjoyed Felton's participation in First Friday Santa Cruz over the past five months. This Friday, one artist has offered to turn over all proceeds from sales of his work to FLF.  We invite you to view the large selection of paintings by Glenn Lyons and, if one seems perfect for your home or the home of a friend, please do discuss purchase with the artist, knowing that you will be contributing to the future Felton branch library. This offer stands only for paintings sold at the Friday opening.

Of his work, Glenn says, "I think of my paintings as experiments in color. Most paintings start out as imaginary landscapes—a seascape, mountain wall, cave or satellite image. The painting then moves sometimes toward more abstraction, other times towards more realism. Paintings often explore a group of analogous colors—blues and blue greens, earth colors, reds and oranges, etc."



Glenn's paintings are owned by over forty individuals in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, New York and South Carolina. They are also in permanent collections of two clinics in California and Nevada as well as in Felton and San Jose.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Community Meeting May 29

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Felton Library Friends Community Meeting
Thursday, May 29, 7-8:15  p.m.
Felton Fire House, 131 Kirby St, Felton
(next to Felton Community Hall)

Do you want to know what's happening with plans for the new library in Felton, see the architectural drawings, and be part of this project benefiting our SLV communities? Felton Library Friends invites you to a community meeting Thursday, May 29, 7-8:15 at the Felton Firehouse.

Library Board members Supervisor Bruce McPherson and Citizen Member Jim Mosher and FLF representative Nancy Gerdt will provide updates on proposals for a ballot measure to fund county library facilities, possible new structures for library administration, and a future campaign to pass a ballot measure. Bring your questions, comments, ideas and enthusiasm.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Call for Poems -- SLV Poetry Reading







Tenth Annual SLV Poetry Reading


Felton Library Friends invites SLV residents to submit poems on the theme of "Sharing" for the 10th Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading.

Entries must be submitted by March 28 by email to slvpoetryreading@gmail.com or by mail to Felton Library Friends, PO Box 1245, Felton, CA 95018. One poem per poet may be submitted, accompanied by the poet's name, age category, email address, and phone number. The age categories are 4-8 (dictation OK), 9-12, 13-17, and adult.

Poems, selected from all age categories by former Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate David Swanger, will be read by their authors at the SLV Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall. In addition, poems selected for the event will be published in the Press-Banner.



Poets may wish to consider the following questions in approaching this year's theme:

  • Are there things or feelings you share?
  • Are there things or feelings you choose not to share?
  • How do things like the web/facebook/texting affect what we share?
  • What are some important things/ideas/feelings to share?
  • How do we decide with whom we share what?
  • How does a street person with a sign asking for money make you feel?
  • When your family sits around the table at night, what kinds of things do you share? Or not share?
  • In school, in your classroom, how is sharing regarded? How is sharing practiced?
  • When is sharing prohibited? (e.g. when taking a test.). When is it encouraged? (e.g. when working as a team.)
  • Are there humorous situations related to sharing (e.g. when something is shared that is not wanted)?

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