Joy Harjo has been appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States of America. The Poet Laureate is the official poet of the United States appointed by the Library of Congress. You can read more about the position here.
Harjo is the first Native American to hold the position of Poet Laureate. She is the author of eight books of poetry, with a ninth coming out this coming fall. According to the Library of Congress, Harjo’s recent honors “include the Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers (2019), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation (2017) and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets (2015).” You can read more about Harjo and listen to a Q/A session with her on the Library of Congress’ web page here.
Interested in reading some of Harjo’s poetry? Check out our copy of the American Journal: Fifty Poems of Our Time. And, if you are interested in writing or sharing your own poetry, join our creative writing group, It’s a Writer’s Thing!
-Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian
July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon.
Kennedy famously challenged the nation in 1961 to land a man on the moon by the end of that decade. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.
Check out the display in the Library that commemorates this momentous occasion from five decades ago. Here are some resources that will help you celebrate or learn more about this milestone:
From director Todd Douglas Miller comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA₂s most celebrated mission, the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.
The above lists several events and celebrations from coast to coast.
-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian