Wallkill Public Library
Poetry dead? Don't ask
 Earlier this year a quiet battle was waged, the first cannon shot off by Alexandra Petri, when she wrote a blog for The Washington Post entitled, Is poetry dead? 
She got her answer pretty quickly, as only three days later her new blog declared, 'Poetry is not dead,' says poetry, and went on to describe the hate mail/tweets that resulted from her initial, seemingly innocent query. Apparently there are still a lot of people out there with their fingers on the pulse of this art form many assume has been on life support since Sylvia Plath stuck her head in the oven. 
Maybe Petri is right, though, when she says in her second blog on the topic, "Poetry is like Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II. It is always dying, in theory. But if you want it to stop walking around, you have to send a guy to meet it at the airport."
Proof that poetry hasn't given up the fight can be found in its youngest fans, like Daniel Padua, 15, a Wallkill Senior High School freshman who's been writing his own verse for the past three years. Check out a sampling of his work here.
If poetry is alive and well as far as you're concerned, you've still got a few days left to celebrate National Poetry Month. Stop in at the library and check out some Dylan Thomas, John Keats, or whatever poet breathes the most life into your reading.
Coming up at the Wallkill Public Library
  It's Screen-Free Week  starting Monday! Power down the tube, unplug the video games, and let the world in. Visit the library for some fun and interaction with your peers. Take advantage of (what's supposed to be) beautiful weather and the library lawn and play some ball or Frisbee with your friends after school! 
Monday: The Mini Art Club meets at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Book Buddies get together at 10:30 a.m. Gnome and Gardening Story Time will take place at 4 p.m. There will be a Graphic Novel Book Discussion at 6:30 p.m., featuring Raina Telgemeier's books, Smile and Drama. Textile Tuesdays take place in the community room of Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. All are welcome to bring their crafts and equipment and stay as long as they please.
Wednesday: Mommy and Me meets at 10 a.m., followed by Toddler Story Time at 11 a.m. The Art Club meets at 4 p.m. Computer Class for Adults is offered at 7 p.m.
Thursday: The Knit and Crochet Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Guitar lessons are held downstairs at 6:30 p.m., as well.
Friday: The Nintendo DS Club meets at 4 p.m.
Lion Brand trip a success by all accounts!
   A total of 45 knitters, crocheters, and other yarn fans boarded the bus for Lion Brand's Studio and Outlet last weekend for a great day of shopping!
The trip was organized by Carolyn Thorenz, who is not only WPL's children's coordinator, but has also started a quilting group, Textile Tuesdays (held for quilters and other handcrafters in the community room of Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every week), and inspired many with her crocheting talents (including the kids at Ostrander, where she's given lessons).
Carolyn spent much time coordinating the Lion Brand trip and received many accolades from those who attended! She says she owes her thanks to Joan Rembe and Harriet Calli for helping plan the trip.
 Much thanks, also, to the folks at New York City's Lion Brand Studio and Carlstadt, N.J.'s Lion Brand Outlet for their hospitality.
The trip was such a success that another one may be in the works for the fall!
Carolyn is now busy planning an all-day event to celebrate I Love Yarn Day on Oct. 12. Stay tuned!
Book Sale blowout set for May 4 at shop
  The Friends' Used Book Shop will be holding a Book Sale at the store Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The prices won't be beat when it comes to picking up the genre of your choice from the shop's huge selection. Fill a ShopRite-sized plastic bag with books and pay just $3, or pay $5 for a standard-sized paper grocery bag!
Inside the shop, a buy one/get one free sale will be happening that day, as well!
The Friends' Used Book Shop is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Bridge Street. Call Paulette at the library if you have any questions - 895-3707. 
5th Annual Cupcake Fest coming soon 
   Gardiner's famous Cupcake Festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
Music, vendors, children's activities, wine tasting, and, of course, cupcakes will be the order of the day at Wright's Farm that afternoon at 699 Route 208.
For the first time this year, the Gardiner Cupcake Classic 5K Run will also be held.
Get more information on the festival at by visiting its Facebook page, or by calling 255-5300. Register for the run at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival  website.
Greenfest set for June 1 on Rail Trail 
   Sustainable Montgomery  is looking for local vendors and sponsors to participate in their 2013 Greenfest, scheduled for June 1 on the Walden-Wallkill Rail Trail and at Shanti Mandir.
A green contest will also be held that day, with a $500 prize going to the child or children who can build an invention using any green technology method. Details and an application form can be found here.
Vendors can get information and an application for the day here.
Sustainable Montgomery of the Wallkill River School of Art is dedicated to increasing understanding of such earth-friendly practices as energy efficiency, environmental quality protection, and carbon emission reduction within the Town of Montgomery.
Outlook good for those prepared for change
  For those who haven't made the Hotmail-to-Outlook move, Microsoft will soon be doing it for you.

The company announced recently that it will be closing Hotmail and moving those still using it to Outlook.com by this summer.

For a preview of the changes Hotmail users will eventually see, Microsoft's provided this FAQ. By all accounts, the change will be a positive one, and not too shockingly different from what Hotmail users experience now.

Fine changes go into effect immediately

 To meet some of the rising costs of the library's operating budget, fines on certain items have been raised and a new fee put into effect.

Effective immediately, new-release fiction and nonfiction will cost .25 cents per day if overdue. New-release DVDs that are overdue will cost $2 per day.

Patrons  who return books that have been damaged (by spills, pets, cigarettes, etc.) will be charged a $3 fee.

Loan periods remain unchanged (three weeks for books; three days for new films).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at 895-3707.   

Allende's latest a unique coming-of-age tale
  Maya's Notebook, by Isabel Allende
This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Maya grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandmother Nini, whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a young son, and her grandfather Popo, a gentle African-American astronomer.
When Popo dies, Maya goes off the rails. Along with a circle of girlfriends known as "the vampires," she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime - a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld, with Maya caught between warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.
Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. In the care of her grandmother's old friend, Manuel Arias, and surrounded by strange new acquaintances, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.
The book is available now at the Wallkill Public Library.
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