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April 1, 2018, 1:00 PM - 1:01 PM @ Ed Munn is reading at Arcata Library, 500 7th Street, Arcata, CA 95521.
All other What Poets Get events are at the Eureka Main Library in the Large Meeting Room (After hours entrance for the evening events is to the left on the entry porch.)
The performance of poetry brings out its drama and comedy, its roots and reality, and makes a great short evening or afternoon out. Hearing a poet read their own work reminds you being human is more than a daily grind sandwiched between two commutes. The Humboldt County Library invites you to step off the hamster wheel! Take a chance and listen to a new voice, or come in to hear the new work of an old favorite. Don't miss poet Margot Genger reading from her new trucker memoir, written in prose. There will be memorable spoken word at every one of these events, so bring a friend.
April 1, 2018, All Day @ Eureka Main Library, Circulation Desk
Now you can check out a fun family experience, along with your books! Check out a free Sequoia Park Zoo Family Pass at the Library. Thanks to a partnership between the Sequoia Park Zoo and the Humboldt County Library, you and your family can visit the zoo at no cost. Each month starting on the first day of the month, four Family Passes will be available and four lucky families will be able to check them out. Just come to the circulation desk at the Eureka Main Library or your local branch library with your library card. Then visit the Zoo within 28 days. Where's the zoo? You'll find it at 3414 W St, Eureka, CA 95503.
April 1, 2018, All Day
April 3, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Written by Robert Burns, and hosted by Barry Evans. A down-on-his-luck veteran, just back from World War I, is unjustly convicted of a crime and sentenced to 10 years of bruisingly unfair treatment on a chain gang. Even after he escapes and builds a new, respectable existence, his freedom and happiness are threatened when his scheming landlady discovers his secret and threatens to blackmail him.
April 3, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Arcata, Fortuna, and McKinleyville Libraries at the same hours. The Eureka Library address is given here, links to the others are below.
Do you want to improve your reading? Do you know someone who needs to learn to read? Reading is essential not only as a leisure activity but for success in all aspects of everyday life. Key areas where reading is very important include finding employment, finding housing, and using social services. Should you sign a cell phone agreement or apartment lease if you can’t read it? How do you fill out a job application without being able to fully understand the job description and employee responsibilities? In Humboldt County, an estimated 13,800 adults are functionally illiterate; they read below a fifth-grade level. Another 23,000 people in our county read below an eighth-grade level. Since 1985, Humboldt Literacy Project has been matching adult learners with trained tutors. Stop by and find out how you can be a part of it!
April 4, 2018, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library
Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available on Wednesday evenings. Other times and places may also be available. Just dial the numbers 211, or if you prefer, use 707-441-1001. Your taxes are eFiled on the spot for a quick return! Volunteers go through a thorough training provided by the IRS. In 2017, a total of 5,600 people on the North Coast received free tax preparation services and a total of $7.6 million was returned into our area as a result.
April 4, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Bring your family to the library for a night out together! Family Fun Night begins with stories and songs, and continues with games, crafts, and other activities. Bring a stuffed animal ready to spend the night away from home, or play with one from the library. After shared stories, participants will make a dream blanket, tuck their animals in to spend the night at the library, and sing them to sleep. Children will return in the next few days to pick up their animals and hear about the overnight adventure. The entire family is welcome.
April 5, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Kirk Douglas and Eve Miller star in this classic western romance about a Quaker colony trying to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron. The film was shot in Humboldt County, and some of the crowd scenes (such as the Quaker meeting and choir) feature Humboldt State University students.
April 5, 2018, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month with New, Less New and Very Old Work, read by local poet Ed Munn. Ed has lived in various parts of Humboldt County for over forty years, committing poetry sporadically throughout. He worked as a logger, carpenter, and homesteader for many years before discovering the perfect profession, running the bookmobile for the county library. The happy blend of librarianship and truck driving suited him so well, he persisted at it for 22 years, and still takes to the road occasionally as a substitute driver.
April 6, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
After Hours Entrance to Your Left on the Library Porch
Poet and long-haul truck driver Margot Genger will read from her recently published memoir. 'Genger writes with a poet's heart, a truck driver's focus, and a tourist's eye. Her memories transport us across America's breathtaking landscapes and urban blight, all while trying to stay sober and neutralize her own demons. I'm glad I went along for the ride.' -- Neil Tarpey, author of Flashes of Lightning.
April 6, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Babies and their families are invited to share songs, rhymes, bouncing games, finger plays, and short stories at this early literacy event. Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. The program is designed for children aged 3-24 months, and occurs on the first and third Friday of each month.
April 7, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
The Friends of the Arcata Library (FOAL) monthly sale features books and media for all ages and interests. Proceeds provide new titles and technology and support for Arcata Branch programs and special events. For more about FOAL, call the Arcata Library or visit the Friends on Facebook.
April 7, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Arcata Branch Library
Parents, pre-walkers and siblings with their own doll baby or stuffed animal join Ms. Sue for read alouds, rhythms and rhymes.
April 7, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room (to your left as you enter the lobby)
Susan J. P. O'Hara and Alex Service have followed up their previous book, Mills of Humboldt County, with a new book, Mills of Humboldt County 1910-1945. Focusing on these eventful years, they relate day to day mill and woods operations in the midst of technological advances, World War I, the Great Depression, preservation activism, labor strikes, and more. During this talk the authors will share many of these historical aspects of life in the mills, as well as the many interesting things they learned while working on this book. They will present a PowerPoint show of photographs of mills, millworkers, mill equipment and more, and sign copies of their new book, which will be available for purchase.
April 8, 2018, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library
The library's programs and services are intended to be accessible to people with disabilities. Please call if you have questions about access, and please let us know if you require assistance in the library. Call the Main Library's reference desk at 707-269-1905, or call the branch library you plan to visit,
April 10, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Based on the novel by William R. Burnett, and hosted by Michael Cooley. Ambitious career-criminal Rico abandons small-time holdups to chase his fortune in the big city, an act that ultimately brings him into conflict with his more straight-laced partner. Rico's desperate quest for respect, power, and status drives him to the top of the underworld but, of course, also precipitates his tragic and inevitable fall.
April 11, 2018, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library
April 11, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Meet Eele, a licensed therapy dog, and her human, Joan. Read to Eele, tell her a story, or just give her belly a rub. Reading to a dog is a low-pressure way for children to practice their reading skills, and fun besides! A parent or legal guardian must sign a permission form before children read with Eele. Stop by the desk in the children's room to complete the form and sign up for a turn with Eele.
April 11, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Fortuna branch library
Ali Freedlund of the North Coast Storytellers visits Fortuna Library with her local tales for all ages. Co-hosted by Humboldt Literacy Project, who will provide free books to all children who attend this free monthly event!
April 13, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room (to your left as you enter the lobby)
The book to be discussed this month is A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.
If you've read it, stop by to join the discussion!
April 13, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room (After Hours Entrance is to the Left of the Main Entrance on the Front Porch)
Step out for an evening with two popular local poets who'll get you laughing & make your brain jump. Both have a lot to say about life and say it in words everyone can understand. They'll surprise you with the familiar, spun through a poet's fingers into gold. Pat McCutcheon has taught creative writing at College of the Redwoods and through OLLI since 1984. Her poems appear in journals and anthologies and in her chapbooks, Recovering Perfectionist and Slipped Past Words. Vinnie Peloso teaches writing, is the mastermind of poetry events in many local venues, and has been a California Poets and Writers Writer in Residence. His poems appear in many literary magazines and journals, and he was the first runner-up for the Bordighera Poetry Prize in 2011.
April 14, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Arcata Branch Library
Dance the Funky Chicken with Ms. Sue and hear a good story. Children ages 9 months to 6 years and their caregivers play instruments, sing, dance and listen to stories together.
April 14, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Blue Lake Branch Library (in the City Hall building)
Stop by for story time at the Blue Lake Library. At noon, join in the fun of making a simple craft.
April 14, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Christa Laririt will read her own poetry and present the poetry and paintings of Rick Park. You've seen his poems published in North Coast Journal and Toyon Literary Magazine, or heard him as a singer/songwriter playing guitar at places like Humboldt Folklife Festival and Buddy Brown Blues Festival. Laririt created Calliope Books publishing company in 2003 while living in Santa Barbara, CA in order to present poetry most true to the way she envisioned. She is the author of three books of poetry: Rose's Collage (2003), Figures upon Figures (2005), and Renovation & The Speakeasy Sessions (2014), as well as publisher for Paul Guthrie's Blood Games: Impact Poems from the Ricochets of Life (2007).
April 17, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Based on the play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood, and hosted by Charity Grella. Three out-of-work showgirls are hoping for a job on a new musical about the Depression but soon find out that the supposed producer is himself broke. When young singer-composer Brad Roberts offers to foot the bill, his upper-crust family sends a henchman to reel Brad home. But the man will have to deal with the showgirls first…
April 18, 2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Fortuna Library
The local Fortuna Girl Scout troop invites all interested girls to the monthly meeting for friendship, games and crafts.
April 19, 2018, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
The film this month is Bridge to Terabithia, based on the book by Katherine Patterson. Magic comes into Jess's somewhat dismal life when a new girl arrives at school. She becomes a friend, and the two children create their own fantasy kingdom. They use the powers of imagination and friendship to grow strong and capable, offset the effects of school bullies and change their world. And then tragedy strikes. Is the magic gone forever, and how will Jess survive? This film is praised as a faithful adaptation of the award-winning book.
April 20, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
April 21, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Arcata Branch Library
Celebrate Earth Day with Raffi's 'Everything Grows' book and song. Children ages 9 months to 6 years and their caregivers play instruments, sing, move to music and hear a story.
April 21, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Jacqueline Elizabeth Letalien is a spoken word artist known to Humboldt County audiences for her powerful, thoughtful retellings of Native American traditional tales, and her poetry, words from the deep springs of an individual human spirit. Her poems take you on a journey of world mythology, human history, natural cycles of earth, wind and water, the heartbeats of women, and echoing sacred silences. Lori Cole has loved poetry all her life and has been writing, submitting and self-publishing poems for ten years. Using free verse and Haiku, her topics range from growing up in Humboldt County to family and friendship, and important social and political events of our time. With a background in social work, in her poetry she aspires to provide hope for positive changes in our world.
April 24, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Based on a story by Harry Hervey and hosted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill. A diverse group of passengers is traveling by express train from Peking to Shanghai. Among them is Captain Doc Harvey, who finds himself reunited with his former lover, now an infamous adventuress who calls herself Shanghai Lily. Desire and deception follow, culminating in a tense hostage situation when the train is hijacked by a Chinese warlord.
April 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room (After-hours entrance is to the left of the main entrance on the library porch.)
If you are a poetry locavore, step along to hear Jerry Martien, whose poems tell stories of our home forests, Humboldt communities, skies and native waters. He'll bring copies of two recent books beautifully printed at Bug Press, 'Before the Flood' and 'Earth Tickets'. Jerry has lived here since 1970, supporting himself as a truck driver, night watchman, bookstore clerk, editor, doorman, and for thirty years a carpenter. He's a voice for our bioregion and active in organizations that care for the land. He's been part of the Poets in the Schools program in local and back country classrooms, and occasionally teaches in the creative writing department at HSU. Jerry's poems are perfectly understandable both in your ear and in your heart, written simply and clearly and speaking of places you know. He makes it look easy.
April 26, 2018, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Swing by for for an evening of night-time stories to wrap up your day at Trinidad Library. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas & bring a snuggly toy or blanket, but it's not required!
April 28, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Blue Lake Branch Library (in the City Hall building)