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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I was a kid, I would spend entire days writing stories of sneaking into museums in the night or flying to Mars. I was always imagining some great adventure, and felt that I was destined to share these stories. If you asked ten-year-old me what I thought I would grow up to be, the answer would...
love by flickr user .jennifer donley. We all have our favorite literary love affairs. Rhett and Scarlett. Rochester and Jane. Elizabeth and Darcy. But as much as these fictional flings have come to symbolize the height of passion and heartbreak, one can find plenty of love stories in the nonfiction...
Washington, DC Fanny Appleton, courtesy of the Library of Congress Happy Valentine's Day from The Big Read! What better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with a love poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow wrote "The Evening Star" for his second wife, Fanny Appleton,...
Caldwell, New Jersey Carissa DiMattia's photograph inspired by "The Rainy Day" For the month of March work by 38 of art teacher Linda Stewart's students was on display in the Caldwell Public Library as part of the community?s Big Read of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "It was all, 'Oh, Mrs. Stewart,'...
Washington, DC Delicate Volcano of Cherry Blossoms, University of Washington Colonnade, Seattle by Wonderlane from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) I know that National Poetry Month is still a month away. In hope, however, that spring arrives long before then, here's...
August 21 , 2009 Washington, DC Inspired by veteran Big Read organizer (and Caldwell Public Library Director) Karen Kleppe Lembo's July 31 article in The Recorder , here's the library's Big Read by the numbers . . . 253 : Number of Big Read activities offered by Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell...
April 20, 2009 Washington, DC Happy Patriot's Day Boston, Maine, and -- according to Wikipedia -- Wisconsin! Celebrate the day, which commemorates the opening battles of the War for Independence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, by running the 113th annual Boston Marathon. If you're looking...
February 27, 2009 Washington, DC Another two-fer Big Read birthday today -- Happy Birthday to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807) and John Steinbeck (1902).
April 19, 2008 Washington, DC ?Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.? While scholars debate the historical veracity of the poem that begins with...