Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OPEN MIC follow up

Thank you to all who participated and/or helped out with Open Mic! It went really well! We are planning to do open mic once a month so get ready for July! Announcements will be made through the blog and through our mailing list.
While I cannot disclose names (some participants were minors, obviously and I would need parental consent to post their names/performances) I encourage you to post your contributions so that others can see what open mic is all about! I can give you a brief rundown of the types of performances that took place:

We had a singer/songwriter/guitarist play her originals
a collection of poems from various participants
performing to a music CD
a cappella singing
softball songs; camp songs
and more...
I'll go ahead and post my own poem to get the creativity flowing on the blog; please feel free to post!

Seeds of Strength
by Rachael J. Goetzke

Uproot the tree
Though it may seem to whither
It has left its seeds in healing
Passing life on through its love.
Every smile an echo of where great spirit trees have stood.
Healing showers will rain down;
The promise of healing--above.
Deep within, the seedlings sprout
Love grows from the healing;
Every endless echo laughs.
Bittersweet memories rain down.
These trees may have fallen
But the seedlings strong will grow.
The joy of their lives,
Our seeds of strength
Lead us strong into tomorrow.

In loving memory of the “fallen trees” from Virginia Tech
Dedicated to Ryan “Stack” Clark and all those who loved him.

Thanks to everyone for a great open mic!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The last episode of the Harry Potter series will be released on Saturday, July 21, 2007. There is much discussion on this book and while we at the Osterhout can not provide answers here are some places you can discuss your feelings and ideas on how the series will end.

The Leaky Cauldron

Muggle Net

J.K. Rowling's Office Website

Scholastic Books

Harry Potter Fan Zone

The Daily Prophet

Don't miss that Harry Potter Day here at the Osterhout Free Library on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Don't forget that the movie version of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoniex is coming out soon too!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


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Come join us for open mic night at the Osterhout! This event will take place in the Reading Room on Wednesday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. Open to all ages!
Everyone of all talents is welcome to participate: singers, actors, poets, etc.

See you there!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Summer Slump

Wondering what to do over the summer?
Stuck inside and the heat's a bummer?
Don't be sad!
There's something you might overlook.
Why, you could spend your summer in a book!
...or two, or three, or four!
As soon as you read them all, you can come back for more!
Just think of all the wonderful things you'll find
If you keep your local library in mind!

~Rachael J. Goetzke
(written 6/19/07)

Do you have any original work you'd like highlighted on our blog? Just leave us a comment and we'll get it posted!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Did you sign up yet?

Don't miss out on this summer's most mysterious activity yet!

Get A Club @ Your Library

This year's summer reading program theme is mysteries!

Join us for a fun filled summer of mysteries, codes, ciphers and more.

Visit any time this summer to get cool prizes and to sign up.