On Tuesday, Jan. 20, "Get Plugged In to Your Creativity: Breaking Through To Hidden Treasure" and explore the connections between poetry and artwork. The program will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual, at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Doors will open at 6 p.m. so you can network and enjoy light refreshments.
Creativity expedition guides, poet Jessie Brown and Jan Whitted of Artbeat, both shown at right, will lead a brief exercise in image-association, Michèle Meagher, the program coordinator, says. Then Brown will share some collaborative poems and help participants brainstorm together on the same model.
Each person's idea will spark others as surprising patterns emerge. We'll experiment with words and phrases to create a group poem in a pattern participants can use later to draft their own work.
Next, Jan will invite participants to create visual art inspired by the collaborative poem. Working on small textured canvases and using colorful art materials, each person will create an image or pattern.
Later, we'll assemble them into a temporary "quilt" and explore the connections between our artwork and our poetry. At the end of the evening, you will take home your hidden treasures, now revealed.
Brown added: "We're offering an interdisciplinary poetry and art workshop for adults, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the Community Room. We'll warm up with word games and exercises related to color and emotion, to pave the way for brainstorming a collaborative poem. This will provide a model for participants to draft their own poems -- and a theme for painting individual miniature canvases afterward.
"Jan is providing 6- by 6-inch panels for everyone, which we'll paint with oil sticks. We'll arrange a 'quilt' of the canvases at the end, and transcribe parts of the collaborative poem over them. Of course, people will be able to take their own canvases home."
PLUG iNTO YOUR CREATiViTY
Robbins Library Community Room
700 Massachusetts Avenue
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 3 for a Life Reimagined Checkup brought to you by AARP led by Lisa Masters, an AARP community outreach specialist.
During this interactive workshop, you'll be inspired to reflect on your life's journey to date, contemplate how you might guide your next steps, discover a life filled with more purpose and embrace the opportunity to make a difference in the years ahead. Space is limited. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for networking and the program will begin at 7 p.m.
"My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece.Well, some of her does. A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe."
So begins My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, the ROBBiNS Library March Community Read. Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Jamie, the story is a chronicle of his family's struggle to come to terms with her death and their discovery of what it means to stay together.
I'm excited that Pamela Watts-Flavin, head of the Children's Room who also teaches at Lesley College, is collaborating with me on March event, inspired by the Community Read (more details to follow!). I wanted to give you a heads up, so you can have plenty of time to read this exquisitely moving book.
On a sidenote, when I got halfway through reading the book, I asked Aimee Villet, Young Adult librarian who nominated this book for the Community Read, if there was redemption at the end. There is. When you close the book, you'll know why the committee chose it! Like Aimee, I believe Annabel Pitcher's choice to tell the story through Jamie's eyes is a tour de force.
This announcement was published Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.