Celebrating Poetry Month and National Library Week | Columnists

HOOD COUNTY LIBRARY

Jennifer Logsdon, director of the Hood County Library, is a 23-year-old former public school educator, earning her master’s degree in library science during that time. She enjoys spending time with her blended family of five children, cooking and of course reading.

In honor of Poetry Month, here’s one of my favorites.

Who saw the wind?

By Christina Rosetti

Who saw the wind?

Neither me nor you:

But when the leaves tremble,

The wind passes.

Who saw the wind?

Neither you nor me :

But when the trees bow their heads,

The wind passes.

I believe this poem sums up the last few weeks here in Texas. We have all seen the power and the sweetness that the wind brings. I had my own battle with the wind recently – some may even have seen it as I crossed the Shanley Park Bridge.

About a week ago, I needed the county judge to sign a document, so I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and head to the courthouse. After getting the autograph from the judge, I walked back over the park bridge towards the library when a strong wind picked up, ripped the document from my hands and slammed it into the water . Being as graceful as possible (i.e. goofy), I ran after the paper. I was so scared that gravity would win this battle and pull me down the hill into the water as the paper swirled around.

Luck was on my side that day. After I managed to find the document loose, I got up, tried to catch my breath, and looked up to see several people also enjoying the beautiful day. I like to think that I added to their joy as they kicked out my misfortune. The only thing I could think of was, “I really hope no one filmed this and I end up on the internet.” I returned to the office, paper in hand, hair on my head, sweaty and out of breath. It was a show.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

National Library Week was April 3-9, and I only mention this to say thank you. Several customers showered us with treats. We felt love and appreciation. Thank you to everyone who thought of us and went out of their way to sweeten our day.

SEED LIBRARY

The seed library is almost ready for customers. We hope the seed library will foster community involvement, increase biodiversity, educate families about plant life and sustainability, and help maintain the plant varieties best suited to our climate. We have several seeds and are looking for more donations. To learn more about donating and “borrowing” seeds, please visit the “Seed Library” tab on our website, www.hoodcountylibrary.com.

SPOTLIGHT ON STAFF

The library has an incredible group of individuals with so many different talents. This month, I want to highlight our office manager. It is her official title, but she is much more than that. Carla Connolly-White has worked at the library for about nine years. She started as a traffic clerk and moved into the back office a few years ago. She has been a wealth of information and support for me since I took on the role of director in December 2019.

Along with everything she does for the office, she is also our creative mind. Carla’s background is in art and she can tap into her talent in designing our unique and innovative posters, brochures and all of our presentations. We get so many compliments on our innovative 3D displays that I wanted to make sure I gave it some credit. Carla is inventive, gifted and original when it comes to promoting our theme. I can’t wait to see her creations for this summer.

SUMMER READING

Speaking of summer reading, be on the lookout for registration dates and the launch party. He’ll be here sooner than you think.

EVENTS FOR CHILDREN

Monday – 10:30 a.m. Music and movement (18 months-5 years)

Wednesday – 10:30 a.m. Storytime and crafts (18 months to 5 years old)

Thursdays – 4:30 p.m. Code Club (8-18 years old)

TEEN EVENT

May 19 – 5:30 p.m. Perles perler

FAMILY EVENT

April 30 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Outdoor navigation (registration required)

ADULTS

May 10 – 6 p.m. Craft Night (registration required)

May 24 – 6 p.m. Book club: “Echo Wife” by Sarah Gailey

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