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Poetry Contest Winners


Congratulations and a big thanks to everyone who participated in the 2012 Poetry Contest. With so many great poems to choose from, competition was fierce. The votes are in and the winners are…

Grades K – 3
No entrants

Grades 4 – 8
Kelly H. – “Evening”

Grades 9 – 12
ShyAnne S. – “Hiding in the Dark”

Ages 18 and Up
Julie N. – “Hollywood Cemetery”

Click here to read the winning poems.

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Best on the Web – Save Money on Tutors this Summer

Summer vacation is finally here; but for struggling students, summer isn’t always a welcome break. Just because classes are out doesn’t mean you can put the brakes on learning, especially if you want to catch up by the fall. If you’re having trouble with college level courses, or if you’re the parent of a middle or high school student struggling to keep up, you should know there are websites offering quality instruction at no cost. Tutoring is a great and effective method to improve your knowledge and skills, but if you don’t have the money to spend, or if you prefer self-paced learning, consider Khan Academy and the OWL at Purdue. Khan Academy features 2,100 videos and 100 exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. While there are a variety of topics covered, this site focuses on Math and Science. If you need to build grammar and writing skills this summer, the OWL, which stands for Online Writing Lab, is a lifesaver. Topics include beginning writing, conducting research, proofreading, and APA and MLA style guides. Depth and detail of instruction set these two sites apart from other instructional content on the web. There are no simplistic overviews, instead users benefit from comprehensive, interactive, and authoritative learning resources.

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Poetry Slam This Thursday

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Appomattox Regional Library System welcomes the talented writer-performers of SlamRichmond for ARLS’s first-ever Poetry Slam. This event will be held at the Hopewell Library on April 14 at 7 p.m.

Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry, and has its roots in the rhythm and heart-felt lyrics of hip-hop. SlamRichmond is Virginia’s longest-running and best ranked slam program. Its mission is to elevate minds and encourage better writing by pushing the envelope so that risks are taken on the page and on the mic.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this program, please call 804-458-6329 extension 1005.

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