A good idea

Hi everyone,

Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director for Springfield-Greene County Public Libraries, told me about an upcoming event that sounds like great fun. I asked her to share the notice and let me post it here. She kindly did both. Read on. If you live in the area and want to attend and/or participate in the event, here’s what you need to know.

More to the Story: News Clips and You

Each week, the Springfield News-Leader fields calls from members of the community asking about old news clips. Maybe you’re interested in the Great Cobra Scare of 1953. Maybe your great-aunt caught a prize-winning trout.

In time for the News-Leader’s 150th anniversary, the Library and the newspaper are teaming up for a free, special event, “More to the Story: News Clips and You.” Join us at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4.

Think of it as an “Antiques Roadshow” for antique news. The theme? Bring your cherished news clippings — and tell us all about them!

News-Leader reporters will be there to listen to your stories. With your permission, journalists will interview you about your news clippings, and your stories could be published in the newspaper and its digital platforms, including News-Leader.com.

Looking for an old news article, or could you use a newly printed replacement for a crumbling paper clipping? The Library’s experts will help. Local History department staff will help research news articles from the Library’s database and microfilm holdings. Library staff will also help patrons print off color copies and learn about the Library’s news and historical resources.

You can also help Library staff identify mysterious News-Leader photos from the past 150 years — images that have survived many decades, but over time, lost their “identities.” We need the help of local history sleuths.

For questions about the event, contact News-Leader Engagement Editor Stephen Herzog at 417-836-1219 or sherzog@news-leader.com.

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Happy 40th Anniversary, Teacher Created Materials!

Hi everyone,

My friends at Teacher Created Materials are celebrating their 40th anniversary in the publishing business this year and they’re doing it in a generous way that features lots of giveaways throughout the year. I have published five books there with Mary Jo Fresch and one with Tim Rasinski. For more information, here’s a the link. TCM 40th Anniversary 40 Weeks Flyer LR

On another subject, next Tuesday I’ll post Part 4 of this month’s series of WRITERS AT WORK: WAIT FOR IT. There are five Tuesdays in October and we’re reserving that last one for you and your own experiences with bringing “lost cause” manuscripts to life. Please send your messages to me via e-mail by the end of this week so I’ll have time to assemble them. Next week is a busy one for me and I won’t be available on the last Tuesday. Thanks!

A couple of things

Hi everyone,

This evening Drury University will hold its 66th Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner to recognize six individuals who have contributed in some significant way to the university, the community, or the world at large. Sandy and I will give the welcome and opening remarks. Sandy received one of these awards in 1979 and I received one in 1981. As usual she was about two years ahead of me.

On another front, I just received a copy of POEMS ARE TEACHERS, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new teaching anthology out from Heinemann. I’m very pleased to have a poem included. “Things We Prize” first appeared in CONNECTING DOTS from Boyds Mills Press, 2004. Way to go, Amy! It’s a handsome book and one that teachers are going to love. Thank you for including me.

Annual Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks

Hi everyone,

I should have mentioned this yesterday but vanity got in the way so I showed off my anthology list instead. Anyway, yesterday was the annual Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks here. Lots of kids and plenty of gifted writers and illustrators. I always enjoy these opportunities to catch up on news with friends in the business and, of course, to visit with students who come to hear us and ask their questions.

This year’s roster included Obert Skye, Jackson Pearce, Bill Anderson, J.B. Cheaney, Cheryl Harness, Dorinda Nicholson, Kate Klise, Antony John, David Patneaude, and Brad Sneed. How’s that for a lineup? I think I’ve attended every year. It’s always a highlight in my year.

The wonderful committee of dedicated women who create this event year after year should all be crowned. They go about their business quietly, making small miracles happen when children hear someone who has written and/or illustrated a favorite book. Some kids nearly dance from the room with excitement after such meetings. Thank you committee!

The word of the month for September is . . .

Hi everyone,

Happy September 1st! Four months to go, which means, among numerous other things, four more word of the month challenges in 2017. I hope you’ll join me every month to make the most of these opportunities to stretch our own imaginations as we watch other poets stretch theirs.

Now that I think about it, I suggest STRETCH as our word for September. How’s that suit you?

On another subject, I heard yesterday from Joy Acey. She, Jeanne Poland, and Cory Corrado are enjoying Eileen Spinelli’s poetry retreat at the Barn in Honesdale. I first met all three at my first workshop there in 2011. I’m glad we’ve all remained in touch and those three worthy poets continue to journey to Pennsylvania now and then to refresh, reflect, and write.