National Poetry Month – brush up on your knowledge with these library resources

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Did you know that in 1862, Emily Dickinson is thought to have composed over three hundred poems? Or that Robert Frost, who wrote in formal meter, compared his contemporaries’ experimentation with free verse to “playing tennis with the net down”? Maybe you’d like to know more about the works of beloved poet Mary Oliver who passed away in 2019. These facts plus literature and information about poets and their works are available through our library databases.

LitFinder (POWER Library) – discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Within LitFinder’s collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

MasterFile Premier – provides subject overviews, full text for magazine articles, an image collection and AP clips. Excellent resource for student research and classroom instruction. Information is rich, reliable, and easy-to-use.

ONEFILE: High School Edition (POWER Library) – offers access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies.

Contemporary Authors (POWER Library) – provides a guide to current authors in popular fields, based on the print set Contemporary Authors

Click here to search our catalog for downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks about poets and poetry:

And on the web, here are three links about poets and poetry:

Join the celebration of National Poetry Month
and take advantage of these great poetry resources!

Visit museums from home!

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Our local museum passes may be unavailable during closures, but you can still visit these selected sites for virtual tours, videos and displays. Click on the location to visit.

Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Chanticleer – A Pleasure Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Museum of the American Revolution
Mutter Museum
National Constitution Center
Pennsbury Manor
Penn Museum
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Reading Public Museum

And for museums and sites across the country and globe:

British Museum
The Great Wall of China
Guggenheim Museum
Metropolitan Opera House
Museum of Modern Art
San Diego Zoo
Sistene Chapel
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Van Gogh Museum
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park

Art, culture and adventure are just clicks away!

Mango Languages

Are you looking for ways to be productive during your time home? Here’s a way for you and your family to learn a new language for free, at home with your library card! Mango Languages is an interactive language learning program that includes 66 foreign language courses for English speakers, 18 English as a Second Language (ESL) modules and cultural courses and movies.

Here’s how to get started:

Visit > Tools & Research > All CCLS Databases > Mango Languages

Either Log In, Create a Profile or select Quick Start. You will need to enter your library barcode number

You can access our full User Guide here:

Start a conversation with Mango Languages!