Monday, April 29, 2013

Poem: "To a Mouse," by Robert Burns

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"To a Mouse"
by Robert Burns


illustration by Justin Colussy-Estes

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Poem (of the week?): Mermaid

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Mermaid, a Sea Shanty
by Anonymous

(drawings by Justin Colussy-Estes)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Poem of the Day (er, eve) April 18

My Shadow
by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see,
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up.
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poem of the Day April 11

This is a Poem that Heals Fish
by Jean-Pierre Simeon

A poem
is when you have the sky in your mouth.
It is hot like fresh bread,
when you eat it,
a little is always left over.

A poem
is when you hear
the heartbeat of a stone,
when words beat their wings.
It is a song sung in a cage.

A poem
is words turned upside down
and suddenly!
the world is new.

Mo! Mo! Mo! Mo! Mo!


Wednesday, April 24th, 6 p.m.
(Doors Open at 5 p.m.) 
Decatur Library Auditorium
Mo Willems is the author and illustrator of some of your favorite characters, including...


and he is coming to visit us in Decatur!!!!

 His new book is called That Is NOT a Good Idea, and it definitely IS a good idea to come to this event!

Things to Know:
1. The event is at the Decatur Library Auditorium and co-hosted by Georgia Center for the Book on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m.  
2. The event is free and open to the public.
3. To get your family into the signing line you must purchase a copy of That is NOT a Good Idea! from Little Shop of Stories.
4. We will be selling the new book (along with his other books) outside of the Decatur Library (on the lower floor, by the parking garage) starting at 4 p.m.
5. Mo will only personalize copies of That is NOT a Good Idea! He will sign all books you purchase the day of the event, plus one book from home.
6. Doors open at 5 p.m.
7. The event begins at 6 p.m.
 8. We would LOVE to see you there!!!

Questions? Comments? Just want someone to share the excitement with? Email us at or give us a call at 404-373-6300

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Poem of the Day: April 4, 2013

Journey From Small Place

By Maria Sudibyo

I make a journey in a paper
A contemplation ink in white field
I make a journey inside the book
Traveling my imagination in the word ocean

I make a journey under the table
A furious food battle on the ground
I make a journey on top of the roof
Transforming myself among the cloud in the sky

I make a journey outside the glass
A different possibility faces on the transparent canvas
I make a journey at the bridge
Clearing the dark shadow with the water current

I make a journey above the tree
An adventure child who never stop to grow
I make a journey over my pillow
Bringing a piece of dream to reality world

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Poem of the Day: April 3, 2013

The Trees
By Philip Larkin

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.
Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.
Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Poem of the Day: April 2, 2013

by Philip Larkin

On longer evenings,
Light, chill and yellow,
Bathes the serene
Foreheads of houses.
A thrush sings,
In the deep bare garden,
Its fresh-peeled voice
Astonishing the brickwork.
It will be spring soon,
It will be spring soon —
And I, whose childhood
Is a forgotten boredom,
Feel like a child
Who comes on a scene
Of adult reconciling,
And can understand nothing
But the unusual laughter,
And starts to be happy.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Poem of the Day: April 1, 2013

By Alex Fischer

Spring! How beautiful is the
Spring! How wonderful is the
Spring! How majestic is the
Spring! How fantastic is the
Spring! How tantalizing is the
Spring! How glorious is the
Spring! How melodious is the
Spring! How joyful is the
Spring! How breathtaking is the
Spring! How uplifting the
Spring! How happy is the
Spring! How magnificent is the
Spring! How colorful is the
Spring! How tasteful is the
Spring! How memorable was the
Spring! How flavorful is the
Spring! How aromic is the
Spring! How sweet is
Spring! How beautiful is the