Austin International Poetry Festival April 10-11

The Naturalist Poet: Finding Inspiration for Poetry through Texas Natural History
Friday – ACC Rio Grande Campus – 11:00am to 1:00pm
Categories: Poetry Writing, Texas Natural History, Science and Art

Instructor: David Taylor PhD, University of Tennessee

Having a basic knowledge of natural history allows a poet not only new ideas and beginning points for writing, it encourages a deeper understanding of place by a cursory understanding of ecology and requires a tactile experience of the natural world. Poetry drawn from such knowledge and inspiration avoids the common problem of the sentimental nature poem by finding deeper, nuanced, quirky, and playful relationships between the writer and the non-human world that surrounds her. David will use examples of Texas natural history and poetry to show successful examples and will give participants exercises to use immediately.

Easter Book Event for Children Mar. 19 at George W. Bush Childhood Home in Midland

The George W. Bush Childhood Home will be holding a FREE reading event for children of all ages in the Visitor Center Thursday, March 19, from 4:30-5:30 PM.  Children will read a few books including the feature book "Queen of Easter," and each child will receive a copy of the book to call their own.  Refreshments will also be served.

Space is limited so call 432-685-1112 to reserve a place for your child.

Reading programs sponsored by: RBC Foundation, The Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Oxy USA and The Texas Pecos Trail Region

The Laura Bush Bookshelves are also fully stocked and ready for children of all ages to receive a free book to call their own.

Children can come by during our normal business hours and pick out a book.   Limit one book per child per day.  You can also exchange your old books for new ones.

 New or gently used book donations are always welcomed.  Drop your books off in our Gift Shop during our normal business hours.