Poetry Slam 2010

The Third Annual Lawrence School Spoken Word Contest was held Thursday evening May 20, 2010 at the Falmouth Public Library. Over 100 students, teachers, family and friends applauded the creative works written and recited by the thirty three talented junior high schoolers.

A huge thank you to English teacher Krista Hennessy for all her efforts in organizing the slam, encouraging future poets and securing delectable donated sweets!

Emcee Evie McCorkle did a great job introducing each participant with a welcoming and reassuring smile.

Judges Andre Beriau, Eva McNamara and James O’Brien had the very challenging job of choosing the prize winners. A huge thank you for their discriminating efforts!

And the winners are:

First Prize: Melissa Hessler

Second Prize:Sara Buscher

Third Prize:Olivia Beaton

Fourth Prize:Ryson Phares

Fifth Prize:Corinne McGillicuddy

Sixth Prize:Jennifer Olmsted

Seventh Prize:Nate Rockwood

Eighth Prize:Kurran Singh

Ninth Prize:Molly Bagg

Tenth prize: Molly Lemay

Eleventh Prize: Adrian Crusius

Congratulations! To view photos of all the participants click here.

Mrs. Hennessy penned a reflective poem after the evening’s successful slam:

Ode On Our Poetry Slam

(or The Sappy Sonnet for the English Department)

Your preparation: in search of the spark

to light the way from pencil to paper,

Mix image and metaphor with teenage

Tenderness, lifting mood from moodiness.

Then, student voices sweep up cynical

adults, whose adolescent memories

choke in their throats. They, too, tremble with first

love, rage jealously, weep alone again.

Oh! What wondrous expectations exist

In each sound and syllable, word and phrase

From teacher to student, poet to poem.

Henna Workshop a Success!

Last Wednesday afternoon, the air in the Teen Room was filled with the scent of eucalyptus oil and the sound of enthusiastic henna fans!

The process to create a beautiful design on your hand, arm or leg was pretty simple. Two hours before the program a cone of dried henna powder, directly from the fields of Morocco, was mixed with a pre-measured amount of special oil. After dabbing eucalyptus oil on the desired body part, a stencil tattoo of animals, ancient symbols, crosses or Moroccan-inspired designs was applied. Within 15-20 seconds the transfer took & filling in the outline with the henna began.

With painstaking patience, the beautiful designs were soon apparent! After waiting until the henna dried, a fairly short period of time, the students were happy to show off their body art!

Everyone indulged in the Red Velvet cake made for the occasion by an aspiring teen chef!

Take a look at the student’s beautiful body designs and the cake (a before photo!) on our flickr page:

The teens are eager to have another workshop during April vacation week. Hopefully this summer we’ll have a Mehndi artist visit to discuss the history of the traditional Indian art of Henna and apply designs to each participant! Look for program information on the library’s webpage, Twitter, and Facebook.

Meanwhile, browse through the books on Mehndi and body art in the library’s collection:

Mehndi : the art of henna body painting by Carine Fabius:

The magical art of mehndi, or henna painting, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa, and the Middle East, and now it has finally arrived in the West. Packed with inspirational photographs of traditional andcontemporary mehndi, this complete resource offers everything you need to create your own beautiful hennadesigns, including:  dozens of practice exercises and sample illustrations, a foolproof recipe for mixing the henna paste, step-by-step instructions on how to apply your mehndi design and insider’s tips from professional mehndi artists and more!

Decorate yourself: cool designs for temporary tattoos, face painting, henna & more by Tom Andrich.

A step-by-step body-decorating book that offers a range of designs in several techniques…sections on airbrush tattoos, henna patterns, and nail decorations are likely to have a real teen appeal…most of the directions are easy to follow. Striking color photos…appear throughout.

Everything you need to know about Mehndi, temporary tattoos, and other temporary body art by Stefanie Iris Weiss.

Discusses the spiritual aspects and practical applications of mehndi, the practice of painting designs on the body with henna, as well as some of the designs commonly used.

More on Moby

Recently I was searching for the origin of “ Nantucket sleigh ride” and was becoming frustrated with the lack of information. In desperation I looked up the word “sleigh” in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED.) Although there was no definition for the phrase I was seeking, I did find an unusual entry under “sleigh”:  “3. The bone of the upper jaw in a sperm-whale.”

The OED features quotations after the definition. Arranged in chronological order, the quote is used to illustrate the word in a given sense starting with the earliest printed example.

1874 C.M. Scammon Marine Mammals N. Amer. iii. 75

“Next to and above the bone of the upper jaw (which is termed the ‘coach’ or ‘sleigh’.)”

A search of the Biodiversity Heritage Library website for Marine Mammals of North America did not result in any hits. However a search for C. M. Scammon revealed the author’s full name, “Charles Melville Scammon!” Holy Moby!! Another reference to Moby-Dick & Herman Melville! Isn’t that amazing!

The Marine Mammals of North-Western Coast of North America includes the reference to the term sleigh on page 75. So you don’t have to take the boat to Nantucket to see their copy, you can just see it online or check out one of the reproductions available in CLAMS. We are still researching the connection (if there is one) between Charles Melville Scammon & Herman Melville. We’ll keep you posted!

Oh My Darling Porcupine

The Children’s Department has ordered a new book you are going to LOVE!

Practice your best singing voice for Oh My Darling, Porcupine and Other Silly Sing-along Songs created by Bruce Lansky and illustrated by Stephen Carpenter.

Here are two favorite songs:

Tinkle, Tinkle Little Bat

(sing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”)

Tinkle, tinkle, little bat.

Wonder where the potty’s at?

Straight ahead or to the right?

Caves are very dark at night

Little bat, why do you frown?

Did you tinkle upside down?

Dianne Rowley

My Older Brother Bob

(Sing to the tune of “Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay” or ” Farmer in the Dell”)

My older brother Bob

is an enormous slob.

He leaves his underwear

all scattered here and there.

You really could fill up

a giant garbage truck

with all the food he drops

and spills and drips and plops.

His socks stink up his room

They’d cause a skunk to swoon.

He leaves them in a mound-

the flies all buzz around.

I wish he would consent

to live inside a tent.

It wouldn’t be that hard

We’d keep it in the yard.

Ta-ra-ra boom de-ay,

that day will come I pray.

But till my brother’s gone,

I’ll keep my gas mask on!

Robert Scotellaro

Explicit Noise

On Friday January 16, we had the pleasure of listening to the rhythmic beat of the drums by Explicit Noise Drum Circle members. This talented group is directed by Lisa Esperson. Many of the drummers are now in college and have played together since the sixth grade! You can see and hear them on the library’s flickr page and on YouTube!

This teen world percussion ensemble is a multicultural music group playing international and traditional rhythms! The students played a variety of instruments in addition to the Congo drums. Molly Thunberg sang some traditional Haitian songs in her soft melodious voice.

Even the audience joined in dancing and clapping to the beat! Tommy Cook & his sister Sara danced and somersaulted to the lively rhythms. Toddler Reed Dill was fascinated by the instruments and swayed to the music while his older brothers jumped, twirled and stomped. Several library staff members got a hip swaying salsa dance lesson from director Lisa Esperson. 

We certainly hope to have Explicit Noise back at the library for a return engagement!

Musicians: Janusz Sulanowski, Dan Moakley, Thomas Moakley, Jared Hangley, Alice Kirkman, Molly Thunberg, Kenneth Doutt, Dan Rowland, Rachel Paine, and Breton Handy.

Coastal Free Learners at the Library

Recently the Coastal Free Learners, a group of home schooled students from the Falmouth area, met in the Teen Room at the library. Each student was assigned a project about a past President of the United States.The students designed a poster which reflected the style of dress and any momentos/designs/insignias they felt represented their President. A circle was cut out of the poster so the student could take on the persona of their President and discuss the highlights of their life and administration. The photo shown here is home-schooler Jack as President George H. W. Bush.  What an impressive group of learners! Each one was very poised and able to answer the questions posed by the audience of proud parents, fellow students and teacher Ms Hunt.The Coastal Free Learners are a Home Schooling support network along the southeastern coast of Massachusetts. To see more photos of students as Presidents visit our flickr page.

Admit One ~ Your Ticket to Summer Fun!

The Morse Pond School has posted their Summer Reading List 2008 for 5th and 6th graders. There is a Summer Reading Assignment form on their web page and in our Children’s Room that you need to fill in based on two different Battle of the Books titles. Fill out your form and you can redeem it for a prize by returning it to the Morse Pond Library during the first week of school! We’ve got lots of copies of these books in the Children’s Room, and they all have yellow stickers on their spines with a J on it. And if you’d like to read some more Chris Van Allsburg books, we have those too!

Henry Herbert Smythe Trust Scholarship Applications Available at the Library

The applications are now available in the Brabson Teen Room and at the Reference Desk for the $35, 500 of scholarship aid from the Henry Herbert Smythe Trust.The Scholarship Committee typically awards more than 30 scholarships. Mr Smythe’s will stipulates that the money may be used for “boys and girls in Falmouth, Massachusetts.” A maximum age of 24 years as of January 1, 2008 will apply. Only applicants who are themselves voting residents of Falmouth (or whose parents are) are eligible for the grants. The application deadline is Friday June 6, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. and the completed forms must be returned to the Falmouth High School Principal’s office at 874 Gifford St. Falmouth.

Teen Advisory Board

All students between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to join the Falmouth Public Library Teen Advisory Board. We are planning summer programs and we want your input! Some of the programs and events we’ve discussed are A Volleyball Tournament at a beach, A Presidential Election debate with students representing the candidates, a Scarefest with spooky readings on the library lawn and a repeat of the Falmouth Commodores program.

Contact Donna Burgess via this blog, by email: dburgess@falmouthpubliclibrary.org or by phone 508-457-2555. Even better come into the library & introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you!