Thursday, August 22, 2013

Movie Night at the Library--August 29, 2013

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 Join State Library Services for the presentation of Koran by Heart.  This documentary follows three 10-year-old children who leave their native countries to participate in the International Holy Koran Competition, the world's oldest and most prestigious Koran reciting contest, in Cairo.  Up against much older students, the youngsters have committed the 600 pages of the Koran to memory and will put their skills to the test before the world's Muslim community.  In the midst of the competitions, the young competitors face uncertain futures at home as they are caught between fundamentalist and moderate versions of Islam.
This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Library Commission State Library Services JD Waggoner Reading Room Culture Center, Building 9

When: 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Maintenance scheduled for OneClickDigital

The OneClickDigital audiobook website will be unavailable for maintenance starting at 6:00 AM EDT on Saturday, August 24, and will run through 8:00 AM EDT on Monday, August 26.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Capitol Reads

August's Capitol Read is Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, edited by Barbara Smith and Kirk Judd.

With insights into Japanese flower gardening and hog butchering, into mother-daughter relations and horse trading, in verse that is wistful or bright or drenched in rural beauty, WIld Sweet Notes surprises and delights...This varied collection of remarkably high poetic quality will enchant readers throughout the English-speaking world.

The editors, longtime aficianados of their state's poetic production and well-established poets in the own right, professed themselves gratified and inspired by the quality they found in an outpouring of submissions. More than one hundred ten living West Virginia poets and some twenty deceased are represented here.

This book will appeal to readers young and old, to students and gardeners, to political activists, to anyone who responds to natural beauty and to truth. Former West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney has said that poetry is the one form of art that can't "sell out." This book doesn't either.