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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell
mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov, 603-271-2866
March 24, 2009

Join the NH Center for the Book in an Online Celebration of Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will host an online celebration of New Hampshire poets and poetry.

Each day in April the NH Center for the Book will feature a different Granite State poet on its blog, Book Notes (http://nhbookcenter.blogspot.com). A variety of poets have signed up to participate in the celebration—many whose work is well known, and some who may be a wonderful new discovery. The featured poets will be revealed one at a time as their work is featured on the blog, making the event a month-long reading and learning experience.

"New Hampshire has so many wonderful poets that choosing only 30 to feature was a challenge," said Mary Russell, director of the NH Center for the Book. "Our hope is that by using social networking tools, like widgets and our Facebook page, we will be able to bring our celebration of National Poetry Month to a wider audience than we could with a traditional one-time-only reading."

Each day's poetry posting will be available as part of the NH Center for the Book’sblog, or through aspecial RSS feed and a widget that will allow anyoneto easily add this celebration of Granite State poetry to their own website, blog, or Facebook page. All postings will remain available on the NH Center for the Book’s blog after National Poetry Month.

To get the NH Celebrates Poetry widget, or to subscribe to the RSS feed or email distribution of the NH Center for the Book's Poetry Celebration, visit http://nhbookcenter.blogspot.com. The NH Celebrates Poetry widget is in the right-hand panel, second item from the top of the panel and can be added to a website by clicking on the "getwidget" link below the widget. RSS and email subscription links are directly below the widget.

According to NH State Librarian Michael York, "National Poetry month is a great opportunity for New Hampshire to celebrate the importance of poetry. The ability to read, each day, something special that a New Hampshire poet offers to New Hampshire citizens—that is unique.

“The idea for this project came from Mary Russell, the director of the Center for the Book, and it brings together the latest technology—blogs, RSS feeds and widgets—with the ancient art of poetry. I hope everyone will take the time to read the poems offered daily from the Center for the Book in April."

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. We are an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Our activities include the semiannual publication of Book Notes; state coordination of Letters About Literature, a national student writing competition; awarding the Ladybug Picture Book Award each year; and participation in the National Book Festival. Learn more at http://nhbookcenter.org.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. Learn more at http://www.poets.org.

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