Juan Felipe Herrera: First Latino US Poet Laureate


On June 10, 2015, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the 21st US Poet Laureate.  Dr. Billington said, “His poems engage in a serious sense of play—in language and in image–that I feel gives them enduring power. I see how they champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.”

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrara, Photo by Tomas Ovalle / Los Angeles Times

Juan Felipe Herrera has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, as well as award-winning fiction, and nonfiction for children and young adults.  Herrera’s poetry is featured in the collection Camino del sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing
(PS 508 .H57 C36 2010) which is currently available in the library.  The library has some of Mr. Herrera’s poetry collections on order.

The new poet laureate has degrees from UCLA, Stanford and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently teaching at the University of Washington.

In a recent Washington Post article, Herrera says, “I’m here to encourage others to speak, to speak out and speak up and write with their voices and their family stories and their sense of humor and their deep concerns and their way of speaking their own languages. I want to encourage people to do that with this amazing medium called poetry.”

Herrera will begin his appointment as the 21st US Poet Laureate at the National Book Festival in September in Washington, DC.

To learn more about Juan Felipe Herrera and to read some of his poetry, visit: https://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/06/23/juan-felipe-herrera-poet-laureate








Jurassic World premiered last weekend; a reboot of the famous Jurassic Park movies from the 90’s starring Chris Pratt. Dinosaurs have held our fascination and attention for a long time, for good reason. They are incredible. Need more dinosaurs in your life? Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Visit the NC Museum of Natural Science. The have real dinosaur skeletons (Acrocanthosaurus atokensis and Thescelosaurus) for you to look at and learn about. The best part? It’s free!
  • Have kids that like dinosaurs? Take them to Dinosaur Trail at the Museum of Life and Science. Get your hands dirty digging for fossils and have a picture taken with a parasaurolophus.
  • Interested in collecting your own fossils? Join the NC Fossil Club. They have meetings every two months, educate people about geological history, and take trips to find and collect fossils.
  • Don’t have time for any of the above? Just sit back and watch videos about dinosaurs for free through Films on Demand. Oh, look. Here’s one right now!


June is GLBT Book Month

GLBT Book Month image

Image from http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/glbt-book-month

Explore the library’s GLBTQ nonfiction, fiction, and DVD collections. Browse the online catalog for more titles.

book cover - You Can Tell Just By Looking  book cover - Trans Bodies, Trans Selves book cover - Middlesex

book cover- Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution  book cover - A Positive View of LGBTQ book cover - Will Grayson, Will Grayson

book cover- The Right to Be OutBook cover -Travels in a Gay Nation Book cover - It Gets Better: Coming Out, Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living              Book cover- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out  Book cover - LGBTQ Youth and Education Policies and Practices Book cover - The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Stonewall Book Awards List, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table, honors books for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience in literature, nonfiction, and children’s and young adult literature.



North Carolina Beaches

North Carolina is lucky to have such wonderful beaches to visit. Are you heading to the beach this summer? Would you like to learn more about North Carolina’s beaches? These books will fill you in on the history and culture of NC’s beautiful coast as well as help you plan your trip.

North Carolina Beaches by Glenn Morris

North Carolina Beaches by Glenn Morris

Long hailed as the best guide to enjoying the state’s 320 miles of coastline, North Carolina Beaches will help you find just the right spot for a long vacation or a one-day getaway.  In a beach-by-beach tour, Morris details attractions and activities and provides phone numbers, addresses, and websites to help with your trip planning. Continue Reading →