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Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 10
  WILDER ABOUT WILDER GREAT MOVIES DIRECTED BY BILLY WILDER A FILM LECTURE SERIES PRESENTED BY CINEMA ENTHUSIAST DOUG SWISZCZ WEDNESDAYS AT 6:30 PM May 7th:    DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) - Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in a prototypical film noir about murder, lust, and greed. (107 minutes – black & white) May 14th:  SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) - Gigolo...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Apr 09
Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem inspired by piece of visual art.  The term for this is “ekphrasis”.  For centuries poets have enjoyed using this exciting method of entering a poem-one notable example being John Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.  Some ways to approach writing about a work of art include: writing about the scene being depicted, writing in the voice of the person portrayed in the artwork, or speaking to the artist who created it.  For visual inspiration writers can...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Apr 07
   Screen legend Charlton Heston, whose memorable roles in a long film career included Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and his Academy Award-winning turn as the eponymous lead character in William Wyler’s Ben Hur, passed away this past weekend at age 83. He had been ill for several years with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Here is a link to Heston’s page at the Internet Movie Database: http://imdb.com/name/nm0000032/ And here is the link to the results page when you...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 03
Click on the Poets.org link at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/94 to take a look at 30 different ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, including “take a poem out to lunch”, and other twenty-nine other inventive ways to bring poetry to the forefront of your life.  If you sign up for the free service, Poets.org will send one new poem to your inbox each day during the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poems have been selected from new books published this spring.
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 03
Professor Joy Dennis returns to the Library this spring to give an exciting series of lecture, film, reading and discussion programs on the life and works of Kate Chopin. This notable Belle Epoch American writer is known for her ground-breaking feminist writing and the intimately revealing portraits she gives her readers of late 19th century southern society, particularily that of New Orleans and surrounding countryside in Louisiana.  Joy will also offer information about other writers of the...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Apr 02
Our local Public Radio Station WRNI kicked off National Poetry Month with a whole hour devoted to a discussion of Sonnets. You can listen to the program by going to www.wrni.org. Once there, choose “On Point” on the programs link, and then choose “The making of Sonnets”. Listen to experts describing what sonnets are in their various permutations, listen to famous poets reading their works, and enjoy informed discussion in between.
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Mar 31
The library has received information packets from the Internal Revenue Service which explain how to apply for the Economic Stimulus Payment in very easy-to-understand language along with filled-out samples as well as two copies of form 1040A which is to be filed in order to qualify for this benefit. In addition is the fact that people actually have until October 15, 2008 to file a  tax return for 2007 to do this.The library also has a good supply of form 1040A  and will keep them on hand...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Mar 31
Before there was Hillary, there was Eleanor! Join the Friends of Barrington Public Library, Sunday April 6 at 2 PM for Elena Dodd’s performance in “Meet Eleanor Roosevelt”. This performance is free and open to all. The annual meeting of the Friends of Barrington Library precedes the program, at 1:30 PM. Refreshments will follow the Eleanor Roosevelt program! Hope to see you all there! 
Posted by JDavanza on Sat, Mar 29
April is National Poetry Month. For all of you out there who enjoy writing poems in response to writing exercises, here is a good one to try.  It was taken from the Jacaranda Press website.  You will find more interesting poem-starters there if you click on this link: http://www.jacarandapress.org/writing/poetry/look.shtml.  This exercise is called “Look Closely”: Remember Georgia O'Keeffe’s paintings. Think about the way she looked so carefully at the segments of a flower. You can do the same...
Posted by JDavanza on Sat, Mar 29
The inviting piece of art, above, is by Lisa Pastille, whose work will be on display at the Library in April. This is the information she sent us about her display: During the month of April, an exhibit of digital artwork by Lisa Pastille will be featured on the Barrington Public Library’s wall display. Lisa is a classically trained, published, fine artist. She has created a novel type of image not before seen by the general public. She calls this digital technique Interpretive Photo Painting....

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