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Barker Library Book Club

The Barker Library Book Club will be holding a discussion of Emily Dickinson's poetry on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 2pm - 4pm. The discussion is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Event Location: Darwin R. Barker Library, 7 Day St., Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Sat, Mar 8, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Family Story & Poetry Event

– Family Story & Poetry Event. Families are encouraged to join us for a poetry themed storytime that will be followed by a craft/activity. - All month long the James Prendergast Library will have a book sale. Children’s & teen books are $1. Adult hardcover books are $2, softcover books $1.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Sat, Mar 15, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

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Early Learning Story Time

Early Learning Storytime. Stories, rhymes, & songs designed for children ages 3-5, their caregivers. Older siblings welcome. Each storytime will feature poetry for families and children.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Tue, Mar 25, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

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First Years Story Time

First Years Storytime. Stories designed for babies and toddlers aged 0-3 and their caregivers. Older siblings welcome. Each storytime will feature poetry and rhymes for babies and children.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Mar 26, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

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The Big Read Poetry Slam and Kick Off

Poetry Slam Rules and Description: What is a poetry slam? A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work or the work of others. The performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. Brandon Williamson, our MC for this event is the founder of Pure Ink Poetry Slam of Buffalo, recent winners in Toronto and Albany Poetry competitions. The Rules: Each poet will present two poems, one by Emily Dickinson, one original work. Poets have 3 minutes in which to present a poem. Poems are judged on a 10.0 point scale by 5 randomly selected judges. The highest and lowest scores are dropped. The middle scores serve as the final score for the poem. Costumes and special effects are not permitted in poetry slams. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the highest combined scores. **It is suggested that participants should be at least 14 years of age.

Event Location: Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Learn to download the poetry of Emily Dickinson

Wednesdays 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16 from 7PM-8PM – Learn to download the poetry of Emily Dickinson and other classics. Bring your mobile device or eReader and stop by our information desk to learn more. *All month long the James Prendergast Library will have a book sale. Children’s & teen books are $1. Adult hardcover books are $2, softcover books $1.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Wed, Mar 26, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Learn to download the poetry of Emily Dickinson

Thursdays 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 from 2 PM – 3 PM Learn to download the poetry of Emily Dickinson and other classics. Bring your mobile device or eReader and stop by our information desk to learn more.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown , NY 14701

Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Family Poetry Craft or Activity

Family poetry craft or activity from 9 AM – 5 PM. Families can drop in and complete a craft or activity together that is related to the poetry of Emily Dickinson or poetry in general. Activities include Random word art poetry and a scavenger hunt. **All month long the James Prendergast Library will have a book sale. Children’s & teen books are $1. Adult hardcover books are $2, softcover books $1.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St, Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Sat, Mar 22, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Big Read Family Literacy Challenge

Monday March 24th – Saturday April 19th families can take part in the Big Read Family Literacy Challenge. Beginning Monday March 24th families can pick up a challenge activity sheet. Children will complete a Tic Tac Toe board in return for a mystery prize pack and book of choice. Activities include signing up for a library card, attending a big read event, checking out a poetry book, and reading together as a family. ** All month long the James Prendergast Library will have a book sale. Children’s & teen books are $1. Adult hardcover books are $2, softcover books $1.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

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Doodles with Dickinson

Young folks are invited to the Ahira Hall memorial Library for this event. We will open with a poetry reading of five or so Dickinson poems along with some related authors. We are thinking Edgar Allen Poe since he is thoroughly enjoyable for younger folks and can connect to Emily Dickinson. We will offer the audience a chance to use their imagination. Using the poems as inspiration they will be prompted to draw a comic or even just an image depicted from the poems. The background and biographical significance of the poems will be included in our presentation.

Event Location: Ahira Hall Memorial Library, 37 West Main St., Brocton, NY 14716

Date: Wed, Mar 26, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Emily Dickinson in Song

Emily Dickinson was one of 19th-century America’s greatest and most prolific poets. Dickinson also boasts another impressive honor: a large number of her poems have been set to music by hundreds of composers. Please join us for a sample of Dickinson poems set to music and a baked treat.

Event Location: Reg Studio Theatre, 108 East Third Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Wed, Mar 26, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Echoes of Emily

Emily finds it hard to fit in. Confronted with love, loyalty and life in her high school hallways she searches for solace in her poetry...and a voice that calls out to her from the past. Echoes of Emily is an original production written and produced by students, alumni and faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia. Filled with humor, tragedy and the questions we all face, this production breathes new life into the work of the celebrated and complex poet Emily Dickinson. This event is open to the public and a discussion about the works of Emily Dickinson will follow the production.

Event Location: SUNY Fredonia - McGinnies Hall, 280 Central Ave., Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

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An Afternoon of Poetry: From Her Words to Yours

Reading of Emily Dickinson poetry followed by an interactive workshop, where participants will write and work with their own poetry .

Event Location: Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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"A Little Madness in The Spring: The Life and Work of The New England Mystic"

This documentary is titled "A Little Madness in The Spring: The Life and Work of The New England Mystic." It is a 30 minute documentary exploring the poetry and life of one of America's most influential poets. It includes expert interviews as well as dramatic readings. It will be broadcasting locally on WCVF The Voice (88.9FM) and worldwide at fredoniaradio.com.

Event Location: SUNY Fredonia WCVF -88.9 FM, 280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Sun, Mar 30, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 5:30pm

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Slam

Poets gather ‘round for a slam right here in Reed Library on SUNY Fredonia campus. We will be celebrating the art and craft of poetry by hosting an evening poetry slam. In keeping Dickinson strange, as part of the slam, participants are required to pick one of Emily Dickinson’s poems to read aloud along with one of their original pieces. Poets have 3 minutes to present each poem. Poems are judged on a 10.0 point scale by 3 randomly selected judges. The highest and lowest scores are dropped. The middle scores serve as the final score for the poem. Costumes and special effects are not permitted. Refreshments will be provided for everyone in attendance. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Let’s keep Dickinson strange and poetry alive and well!

Event Location: SUNY Fredonia-Reed Library, Tower Lounge, Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

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Poems by Emily

Poems by Emily: a discussion. Light refreshments, including Gingerbread and Coconut Cake using her recipes.

Event Location: Myers Memorial Library, 6 Falconer St., Frewsburg, NY 14738

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Echoes of Emily

Emily finds it hard to fit in. Confronted with love, loyalty and life in her high school hallways she searches for solace in her poetry...and a voice that calls out to her from the past. Echoes of Emily is an original production written and produced by students, alumni and faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia. Filled with humor, tragedy and the questions we all face, this production breathes new life into the work of the celebrated and complex poet Emily Dickinson.

Event Location: Reg Lenna Civic Center, 116 E. 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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“Through Telegraphic Signs --”: Emily Dickinson’s Late Envelope Poems by Dr. Marta Werner

Among the makeshift and fragile textual homes for Emily Dickinson’s late writings we find about fifty envelopes. The nature of Dickinson’s connection to these writings she left behind her remains mysterious; for while it is unlikely that she deliberately set out to compose a series of poems, messages, and fragments on envelopes, once we have seen these documents, it becomes difficult to dissociate the texts from their carriers. Like all of Dickinson’s writings, the fifty odd envelope-texts found in an initial sweep of the major collections vex genre boundaries. Most, however, appear to be rough-copy drafts of poems. The earliest “envelope-poem” may have been composed around 1864. The remaining envelope-poems bear composition dates ranging from 1870 to 1885. Marta Werner is Professor of English at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She is the author / editor of The Gorgeous Nothings (with Jen Bervin, New Directions, 2013); The World Will Not Come to A: Hannah Weiner’s The Book of Revelations (Jacket2, 2011); Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson’s Late Fragments and Related Texts (Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2010), Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Notebook of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (with Nicholas Lawrence, American Philosophical Society, 2006); and Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing (University of Michigan Press, 1995). She has been the recipient of both the Bowers Prize and the JoAnn Boydson Prize for her textual scholarship.

Event Location: Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second Street, Olean, NY 14760

Date: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion

Please join us a the Blount Library on April 5th at 10am for a deep dive in to poetry. We will be discussing poems written by the famous author Emily Dickinson. We will read a few aloud and then have a round table talk about what we like about the poems, our opinions and maybe try to write a poem of our own. We are inviting everyone in the area to attend this wonderful opportunity. We will be able to provide copies of the poems provided by SUNY Fredonia. Please be sure to tell all your friends to join us.

Event Location: Blount Library, 5 N. Main Street, Franklinville, NY 14737

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

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Book Spine Poetry

April 7th – April 19th – Book Spine Poetry. Patrons of all ages can visit the adult or children’s desk to make book spine poetry. Poetry will be displayed to the community.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 8:30pm

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Poetry Puzzle Pals

Poetry Puzzle Pals. Children can play with puzzles and meet new friends as they listen to a variety of poetry.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

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Pajama Party Poetry

Pajama Party Poetry. Families will enjoy learning about poetry and reading it together in their pajamas. A craft will follow the storytime.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Pressing and Drying Flowers with Emily

Wednesday April 9 and Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30: Pressing & Drying Flowers, one of Emily Dickinson's hobbies. Participants will learning methods of pressing and drying flowers at the first workshop on April 9 and then at the second workshop on May 14 make a simple project with their dried flowers. Participants are asked to bring an old telephone book for the April 9 workshop.

Event Location: Myers Memorial Library, 6 Falconer St., frewsburg, NY 14738

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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An Evening with Emily Dickinson

The Ellicottville Memorial Library proudly invites the community to come join us for an evening with Emily Dickinson. We will start the evening with a showing of the play “The Belle of Amherst” where Julie Harris repeats her Tony Award winning role as the eccentric nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson. Against a handsome set depicting Dickinson's Amherst, Massachusetts home, Harris is in constant motion recollecting the poet's past from her work, her diaries and letters and encountering the significant people in her life - friends, relative and acquaintances. The play shrewdly balances the agony of the secluded poet as she tells about her family and the bright moments when Dickinson can see the joy in life. A poetry reading will follow the movie along with a general discussion.

Event Location: Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Rd., Ellicottville, NY 14731

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Lego Club Haiku Contest

Lego Club Haiku Contest. Our popular Lego club, geared for ages 5 – 12, will host a poetry contest. Prizes will be awarded on April 24th!

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Thrifty Crafters Blackout Poetry

Thrifty Crafters will create Blackout Poetry. Using discarded books featuring Emily Dickinson, the Thrifty Crafters Club will create unique poetry artwork. This group is geared for adults.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Reading Emily

This will be an introduction to the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. We will read and discuss selected poems. *This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Event Location: Sinclairville Free Library, 15 Main St., Sinclairville, NY 14782

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Writing Emily

The Write Circle group will host an event "Writing Emily" from 9 to 11 AM. At this event, we will be writing and workshopping our own poetry inspired by Dickinson. This will be an opportunity to bring poems in process for critique and to generate new poems from prompts. All are welcome to attend. refreshments will be served.

Event Location: Sinclairville Free Library, 15 Main St., Sinclairville, NY 14782

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

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The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson

Our Book Discussion Group welcomes Ben Blood, who will lead a discussion of The Secret life of Emily Dickinson by Gerome Charyn, a recently published a bionovel on Emily Dickinson. Everyone is welcome.

Event Location: Lakewood Memorial Library, 12 W. Summit St., Lakewood, NY 14750

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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The Belle of Amherst

Actress Christina Rausa portrays Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play by William Luce. Luce used Dickinson’s poems, diaries, and letters to recreate encounters with the significant people in Dickinson’s life. Unrecognized and virtually unpublished during her lifetime, it wasn't until after Emily's death that her poetry found a wide audience and Emily herself became the most widely read female poet in the English language. Even those familiar with Emily Dickinson's poetry will find greater appreciation in her work after this glimpse into her life. The performance will be followed by a reception with the artist. Limited seating, by reservation only. Email production.in.a.suitcase@gmail.com, or call 518-779-0504 to reserve tickets.

Event Location: President's Residence, 194 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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Poetry Slam at Farman Free Library

Poetry Slam Rules and Description: What is a poetry slam? A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work or the work of others. The performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. Brandon Williamson,our MC for this event is the founder of Pure Ink Poetry Slam of Buffalo, recent winners in Toronto and Albany Poetry competitions. The Rules: Each poet will present two poems, one by Emily Dickinson, one original work. Poets have 3 minutes in which to present a poem. Poems are judged on a 10.0 point scale by 5 randomly selected judges. The highest and lowest scores are dropped. The middle scores serve as the final score for the poem. Costumes and special effects are not permitted in poetry slams. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the highest combined scores. **It is suggested that participants should be at least 14 years of age.

Event Location: Farman Free Library, 760 Thornton Rd., Ellington, NY 14732

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Family Poetry Activity

Friday April 18th & Saturday April 19th – Family Poetry Activity. For the final days of the Big Read, families can take part in a poetry themed activity in the Children’s Room.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 8:30pm

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Poetry Reading and Open Discussion

Ben Blood will lead a Poetry Reading and open discussion of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. All are invited.

Event Location: Lakewood Memorial Library, 12 W. Summit St., Lakewood, NY 14750

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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The Belle of Amherst

Jamestown Community College Libraries present “The Belle of Amherst” featuring actress Christina Rausa as Emily Dickinson. Rausa uses Dickinson’s poems, diaries, and letters to highlight the themes of Dickinson’s work and artfully reveal her life which was both rich and reclusive. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Each performance will be followed by a short reception that will allow for informal discussion of Emily Dickinson’s work with the artist.

Event Location: JCC - Jamestown Campus – Scharmann Theatre, 525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Keynote Event: "Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Recovery"

Keynote Speaker: Alexandra Socarides presents " Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problems of Recovery" Despite our best efforts, Emily Dickinson remains the only nineteenth-century American woman poet to be taught in high schools and colleges as well as read by a general and robust audience. In this talk I describe the ways in which women’s poetry was everywhere in the nineteenth century and explore a new explanation for its erasure from literary history. By reading this poetry with knowledge of the cultural and literary conventions that shaped it and circulated it, I argue for a rethinking of our method of recovery – from one that takes its cues from our 21st-century desires to one that listens to the poetry itself. This is a free event and open to the public.

Event Location: The 1891 fredonia Opera House, Village Hall, Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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Meet and Greet "Dr. Alexandra Socarides" Big Read keynote speaker

Join the Big Read keynote speaker, Dr. Alexandra Socarides, and enjoy an informal chat about her current research and her perspective about topics related to literary history and recovery. Light refreshments will be served.

Event Location: Reed Library , Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

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"Just How the Fingers Hurried": Emily Dickinson and Poetry Making

Please join Alexandra Socarides, Emily Dickinson poetry scholar for this Big Read event. One way to gain access to a seemingly impenetrable writer’s work is to ask how she went about making that work. Where did she sit, did she use a pencil or a pen, what kind of paper did she write on? Did she draft and draft until she got it just so, or did the works we know today come out fully formed? What had she read in the newspaper that morning, or dreamt the previous evening? Who was having an argument within earshot? While these might seem like biographical and historical questions of little importance, investigating them can often get us reading poetry from the inside out: not as nuts to crack, but as the creations of real people in real time. In this talk/discussion, I will explore how reading Emily Dickinson’s poems with such questions (if not, always, answers) in mind gives us new access to her work.

Event Location: Patterson Library, 40 S. Portage Street, Westfield, NY 14787

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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The Belle of Amherst

Jamestown Community College Libraries present “The Belle of Amherst” featuring actress Christina Rausa as Emily Dickinson. Rausa uses Dickinson’s poems, diaries, and letters to highlight the themes of Dickinson’s work and artfully reveal her life which was both rich and reclusive. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The performance will be followed by a short reception that will allow for informal discussion of Emily Dickinson’s work with the artist.

Event Location: JCC - Cattaraugus County Campus – Cutco Theatre, 260 N. Union Street, Olean, NY 14760

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Poetry Slam for Charity

A final poetry slam for the Big Read! We are inviting all previous winners, contestants, and new comers to compete in a poetry slam for charity. Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted and greatly appreciated! All donations raised will be given to the Thom Dean Scholarship fund. The rules of a poetry slam: Each poet will present one Emily Dickinson poem and one original poem by the presenting poet. Poets have 3 minutes to present each poem. Each poem will be judged by 5 randomly selected judges on a 10.0 scale. The highest and lowest scores are dropped and the three middle scores will stand for the final score for that poem. Costumes and special effects are not permitted in poetry slams. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the highest combined scores. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate great poetry, promote literacy and show the benefit of literature today! **It is suggested that participants should be at least 18 years of age, unless they are traveling with their parents, or guardians.

Event Location: Garden at Reed, Reed Library, Fredonia, NY 14063

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Planting the Seeds

Engaging Dickinson through her love of gardening: An event for the whole family to be involved in. We will be digging into some of Dickinson's nature writing and getting to the root of her poetry. As well as enriching Bicentennial Park by planting a garden including some of Emily Dickinson's favorite plants. There will be refreshments following the planting. The rain date will be Sunday the 27th.

Event Location: Bicentennial Park, Dunkirk, NY 14048

Date: Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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Teen Poetry Slam

Wednesday April 30th @ 6 PM – Teen Poetry Slam. Teens and their families will take part in a poetry slam. Refreshments and prizes will be provided. All month long the James Prendergast Library will have a book sale. Children’s & teen books are $1. Adult hardcover books are $2, softcover books $1.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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