It’s Wednesday, time for POETRY PALS

Hi everyone,

I hope you are listening when KSMU broadcasts POETRY PALS each Wednesday morning at 9:45 Central Standard Time in the United States. The segments are five minutes long so you have to be ready or risk missing them. Here again is information about the project.

POETRY PALS is a series of on-air 5-minute segments on KSMU-Public Radio featuring readers reading children’s poetry. The readings are aired each Wednesday morning and is a collaboration of KSMU, Springfield-Greene County Library District, and me.

If you like what you hear — or don’t listen but like the idea — please consider providing support by sending News Director Jennifer Moore (jennifermoore@missouristate.edu ) your positive comments about what they are doing.

Today, June 10, will be the 4th reading in the series. I did the first segment and am tentatively scheduled for a second episode. If I’m told in advance which date it will be, I’ll gladly let you know. This is all great fun and I hope to see the listening audience continue to grow each week. Tell everyone you know!

If you live in the area, here are your dial locations.
91.1 FM in Springfield
90.5 FM in Point Lookout/Branson;
90.3 FM in West Plains;
88.7 FM in Mountain Grove;
98.9 FM in Joplin;
103.7 FM in Neosho

If you live anywhere else in the United States or in another country, you can hear POETRY PALS at KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio live-streaming on its website: http://www.ksmu.org. If you try and have problems, let me know and I’ll pass it along to the station for clarification for next time.

Check this out at the library

Hi everyone,

Congratulations to Bonnie Bailey who knocked me out in the first round of this year’s March Madness. I lost the general vote, 171-172 when Bonnie made up a 22 point deficit in the last eighteen minutes, won the vote by other poets who are involved this year, 41-8, and lost the classroom vote, 6-11. Bonnie’s goats on cleats beat my “whatever.” It was an exciting event and I thank all of you who supported me throughout the day. Bravo to Ed DeCaria for leading this annual game that gives poets a chance to play among ourselves. It’s a unique opportunity and I encourage everyone to continue watching the results as other pairs of poets compete to see who goes on to the next round.

Here are two events you are going to like if you live in the Springfield area. Thanks to Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director for Springfield-Greene County Library District. Here’s what Kathleen writes:

Pam Flowers: ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC. Author and adventurer Pam Flowers tells the unforgettable story of her 2,500-mile, solo Arctic expedition with eight sled dogs from Barrow, Alaska, to the hostile wilderness of eastern Canada.

Flowers has worked with dogs for 32 years, and shows her love and respect for them in her books including “Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships,” a collection of 11 positive stories about dogs’ loyalty, courage, perseverance and trust; and “Hiking The Appalachian Trail,” about her trek with her dog Ellie along the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail. Her Big Read talk is based on her book “Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman’s Epic Journey by Dog Team.”

Pam Flowers is a registered respiratory therapist and public speaker. She is the 14th recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Woman Geographers, following in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead and Jane Goodall.
She was named Outsider of the Year by Outside Magazine, and has participated in nine arctic expeditions.

Pam will sign and sell copies of her books after the talk.
Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m. For all ages
Library Center auditorium 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Also, Bruce Cameron is coming at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, to the Library Center for “Come. Sit. Stay. An Evening with Bruce Cameron.” From “A Dog’s Purpose” to “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” Bruce brings best-selling humor to the world of dogs, dads and teenage daughters. “A Dog’s Purpose” and the sequel, “A Dog’s Journey,” were New York Times best-sellers. He has won numerous writing awards including Best Humor Columnist. His visit is funded by The Library Foundation, and is part of the Library’s Big Read, which this year features the Jack London classic, “The Call of the Wild.”

My thanks to Kathleen for the information and to The Library Foundation for bringing such a good program to Springfield!