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Montgomery’s View: A Poem for Peter ( a “bio-poem”)

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

A POEM FOR PETER

written by Andrea Davis Pinkney

illustrated by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson

Published by Viking

This is a love poem to Ezra Jack Keats – the man who gave us Peter and his snowy day. The book opens with Peter (Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white./Bright as the day you came onto the page./From the hand of a man who saw you for you.) – and moves right into the story of Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz.

 In free verse his life sweeps onto the page.  His Polish immigrant parents work hard to support their family – but the hardship of establishing a life in a new land leaves the family poor and struggling.  Ezra’s artistic talent is clear from an early age – his father sees a career as a sign painter, his mother sees the fine artist she dreamed of being herself. He is encouraged by parents, teachers, friends, and librarians to improve his “knack.”  Ezra has to pass on college scholarships and work for the WPA when his father dies the day before his high school graduation.  His talent is used in the Air Force during World War II. After the war he sees discrimination up close and “rearranged his name” to counter the ads saying “No Jews Need Apply”.  He became Ezra Jack Keats.  Keats cut some photos of a little black boy from a life magazine and hung them near his desk for years.  When asked to write and illustrate his own book he was inspired by this little boy staring out at him.

This is an homage to Ezra Jack Keats and The Snowy Day  (and Peter) that is lyrical, thoughtful and loving.  The illustrations complement the poem – and the art work of Ezra Jack Keats. Through mixed media collage Fancher and Johnson have captured the essence of Keats’ style perfectly.

This is the perfect book to highlight during Poetry Month!  Pick up a copy today


Animation from Videoport and PPL

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

Animation provides film makers with a variety of styles and techniques for realizing their artistic vision. On April 1st, the Portland Public Library will make available the entire adult animation collection from Videoport, along with the animation we have been collecting over the years. Try searching the keywords “animation,” or “animation for adults,” and request the films you want to see.

Here’s a list to get you started.


Portland Public Library awarded “Bridging Health Information Gaps at the Public Library” Grant

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Health | Language Learning

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT FOR HEALTH INFORMATION INITIATIVE

Portland Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These funds will support programs to bridge the gap in access to health information for our patrons, focusing on the most vulnerable members of our community — teens, immigrants and refugees, and patrons experiencing homelessness.

As part of the grant, Portland Public Library staff will receive training on an online resource called Medline Plus. We will offer workshops, community discussions, and direct interaction with health professionals and organizations, in order to build awareness around health information resources and provide opportunities for deeper engagement around the issues most critical to our community.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Some programs have limited spots and will require registration. A complete listing of all library events can be found on our website. You may also request information by calling the reference desk at 871-1700 x725.

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