Details announced for the Sixth Annual Teen Poetry Slam at the Tolland Public Library

Sixth annual Teen Poetry Slam at the Tolland Public Library

Here are the details that teen poets will need to take part in the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Sixth Annual Teen Poetry Slam March 16. See entry form and required photo release below.

Dear poet,
The Tolland Public Library and the Tolland Public Library Foundation are pleased to invite middle and high school students aged 12 to 18 to take part in the sixth annual Teen Poetry Slam on Thursday, March 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Program Room at 21 Tolland Green, Tolland.
To enter, fill out the attached form and photo release and return them to the public library, any Tolland High School English teacher or the high school library no later than Monday, March 13. The event will be held as long as we have at least five entrants. Preference for participation will be given to Tolland residents, but students from other towns may enter if space permits
By Monday, March 13, please email copies of three original poems to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@live.com so they can be shared with the judges. Each poem should take one to three minutes to perform.
Here are the rules, adapted from those of the National Poetry Slam:

  • Each poem must be an original composition of the performer.
  • Poets have three minutes to perform each poem, with a 10-second grace period. One point will be deducted from the score of poets who go beyond the grace period. One point will be deducted from the score of poets who speak for less than one minute.
  • No props, costumes or musical instruments are allowed.
  • No profanity or vulgarity are allowed.
  • A panel of judges, made up of a THS student, educators, librarians and Foundation board members, will give each poem a score of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest level. The highest and lowest scores will be dropped.
  • Poets with the three highest scores will win prizes after one or two rounds. In the case of a tie, those poets may be asked to perform another poem.
  • Poetry slams were born in Chicago in 1986 to celebrate the competitive art of performance poetry. In that spirit, judges will give an equal weight to the writing of the poetry and the poet’s performance.
  • Slams are designed to allow the audience to react vocally to the hosts, performers and judges’ scoring, but the Foundation asks that audience members be respectful.

We hope you are as excited about this event as we are. Please invite any relatives or friends you want to come cheer you on. They should register by calling the library at 860-871-3620.
Any questions can be directed to Kate Farrish at 860-871-8089 or at katefarrish@live.com.

 

Tolland Public Library Foundation Inc.

                             Sixth annual Teen Poetry Slam at the Tolland Public Library

Entry Form

Name: ____________________________________________________

Best phone number to reach you: ______________________________

Email: ________________________

Grade and school where you are enrolled: ________________________

Age as of March 13, 2017 __________

Please return this entry form to the public library, any Tolland High English teacher or the high school library no later than Monday, March 13.

Please prepare three poems that will each take one to three minutes to perform. Poets will perform two poems, but we ask you to have a third poem ready in case we need to break a tie. The poems should be emailed to Foundation Secretary Kate Farrish at katefarrish@live.com no later than Monday, March 13.

Please have your parent or guardian sign the attached photo release and submit it with this entry form no later than Monday, March 13.

Audience members who wish to attend should call the library at 860-871-3620 to register.

                        Tolland Public Library Foundation Poetry Slam Photo Release

Participant who is 18 or over:

 I am 18 or over and give permission to the Tolland Public Library Foundation to use photos of me taking part in its sixth annual Teen Poetry Slam on March 16, 2017. I understand that the photos may be sent to news outlets for publicity purposes and may be used on the Foundation’s Facebook page and website.

I understand that the photos will only be used to educate the public about library services and that the Foundation or the Tolland Public Library will not knowingly release the material for use in any advertising medium.

Permission given by:

Print name

_____________________________________________________________________________

Signature

_____________________________________________________________________________

Participant who is under 18:

 I give permission to the Tolland Public Library Foundation to use photos of my child taking part in its sixth annual Teen Poetry Slam on March 16, 2017. I understand that the photos may be sent to news outlets for publicity purposes and may be used on the Foundation’s Facebook page and website.

I understand that the photos will only be used to educate the public about library services and that the Foundation or the Tolland Public Library will not knowingly release the material for use in any advertising medium.

Name of child:

 

____________________________________________________________________________

Permission given by:

Print name

___________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________Date:__________________________ Signature

 

____________________________________________ Relationship to child

 

 

 

 

 

Congressman Courtney stopped by to learn more about the Library Foundation

Foundation Vice President Dani Titterton, right, with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn

Foundation Vice President Dani Titterton, right, with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn

Thanks to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney for stopping by the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s table at Celebrate Tolland on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Foundation Vice President Dani Titterton and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn provided him with updates on the library’s expansion on the programs, author visits and library grants that the Foundation sponsors and presents to support the Tolland Public Library Foundation.

Young adult author to give advice on getting published

Dawn Metcalf, a Connecticut author of young adult novels, will present a talk on “Getting Published: A Helpful Guide to Navigating Traditional Book Publishing” on Tuesday, Oct. 4 as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
The talk for teens and adults who are interested in learning how to get their book published will be held at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A of Tolland Town Hall at 21 Tolland Green.
Metcalf is the author of “Luminous,” a young adult paranormal fantasy, and “Indelible,” “Invisible,” “Insidious” and “Invincible,” books in her series about a fantasy world known as “The Twixt.” She promises to offer wisdom, tips and tricks to help writers and would-be authors.
The talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the Tolland Public Library at 860-871-3620 or visit www.tolland.org/library and click on the Online Library Events Calendar.
Since 2010, the author series, funded by the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, has brought writers Caragh O’Brien, Dan Barry, Denis Horgan, Susan Campbell, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger, Jeff Goldberg, Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam, Ken Davis and P.W. Catanese to town.
About the Tolland Public Library Foundation
The Foundation was established in 1996 to receive donations to benefit the Tolland Public Library and to enhance library services beyond what the town budget provides. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Tolland Public Library Foundation, Inc., 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

Young adult author Dawn Metcalf

Young adult author Dawn Metcalf

 

Co-authors of “The Last Good Heist” will speak in Tolland on Sept. 27

        Lovers of a good true crime story should save the date of Sept. 27, when Wayne Worcester, an emeritus professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, and his co-author, reporter Tim White, will discuss their book, “The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of the Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast.”
The Tolland Public Library Foundation is sponsoring the talk at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A of town hall at 21 Tolland Green as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
The book, which White and Worcester co-wrote with Randall Richard, tells the story of the eight daring thieves who ransacked 148 massive safe-deposit boxes at a secret bank used by organized crime members in La Cosa Nostra in Providence, Rhode Island on Aug. 14, 1975. The reporters would later find out that the leader of the mob himself approved of the robbery and hired the thieves.
The crooks fled with duffle bags crammed full of cash, gold, silver, coins and jewels. The book reports that the true value of the goods was $30 million – the biggest single payday for criminals in the Northeast.
“The Last Good Heist” is the inside story of the robbery and its aftermath, which rocked the underworld in New England.
Worcester was a young police reporter at the Providence Journal the day news of the heist broke. The case would hold his interest for the next 40 years as none of the money or loot was ever found. White is an investigative reporter for the CBS news affiliate in Providence who covers organized crime, corruption and politics. Richard is a former investigative reporter and international correspondent for the Providence Journal and a former national reporter for the Associated Press.
Worcester, of Vernon, spent 21 years as a reporter and editor at the Journal before joining the UConn faculty in 1987. He taught newswriting, feature writing, magazine writing, copy editing and literary journalism before retiring in 2013. He has also written a series of Sherlock Holmes novels.
The talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the Tolland Public Library at 860-871-3620 or visit www.tolland.org/library and click on the Online Library Events Calendar.


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How to Pay for College Session Set for Sept. 21

TOLLAND – A Hartford financial advisor will discuss “How to Pay for College” on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Conference Room A at the Tolland Town Hall.
The Tolland Public Library Foundation is hosting the talk by Craig Breitsprecher at 21 Tolland Green through the generous funding of its Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth King Eaton Endowment.
Breitsprecher, a financial advisor at Valark Financial Services, regularly speaks to parents and students on strategies for funding college.
He will discuss how the financial aid system works, some common pitfalls to avoid, the primary sources of college funds, the intricacies of education loans, the current market outlook and where to invest for college.
This is Breitsprecher’s seventh visit sponsored by the Foundation in recent years due to the overwhelmingly demand for his advice.
This free talk is not a sales presentation. Registration is required, and the event is open to the public. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620.

Financial advisor Craig Breitsprecher has been a popular guest of the Foundation.

Financial advisor Craig Breitsprecher has been a popular guest of the Foundation.