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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...
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,...
Washington, DC Over the last year people across the country have been inspired by The Big Read to put down their books (but only temporarily, we hope) and take up their paintbrushes, cameras, and even duct tape to create works of art inspired by their communities? Big Read book. Here are a few of...
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...
October 29, 2009 Washington, DC Stack of books, Seattle, Washington by Wonderlane ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In a world saturated with self-help books, I still swear by the words of courage, inspiration, and even caution that I've found in works of fiction. Here are a...
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...