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Poetry Capturing the Moment coverPoetry–Capturing the Moment with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser & Friends | NET Television
Nebraskan Ted Kooser, the 13th U.S. Poet Laurate, shows us the beauty in the ordinary through his poetry. This educational DVD provides multiple venues for educators, students, and all of us to experience poetry in an everyday way. Includes “Ted Kooser’s Poetic World” television program, poets reciting their own poetry, poets’ roundtable discussion, lesson plans for schools, and websites. Featured poets: Dominique Garay, Mary Strong Jackson, William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Lyn Messersmith, Mikah Tacha. Find this DVD @ your library®. Or, borrow it from the Nebraska Library Commission. Call the Commission at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 (NE only) or send an e-mail for more information.

2009 Festival cover2009 Nebraska Book Festival
Events from the 2009 Nebraska Book festival, including discussions with and readings by Nebraska authors, award presentations, and discussion of the 2009 One Book One Nebraska selection. Speakers: William Kloefkorn, Dan Welch, Ted Kooser, Michael Forsberg, Allison Hedge Coke, Harley Jane Kozak, Stew Magnuson, Keith Terry, Ron Hansen, Kristine Gerber. Borrow this DVD from the Nebraska Library Commission. The DVDs are available for loan from the Nebraska Library Commission. Call the Commission at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665 (NE only) or send an e-mail for more information.

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Book clubs and discussion groups in Nebraska enjoy a rich heritage that spans three centuries. The oldest known Nebraska group is the George Eliot Club of Hastings, which was begun in December of 1889. The club’s name derives from the fact that the women who founded the group chose as their first reading a book on the life of George Eliot, “an outstanding and most controversial authoress in the nineteenth century.” Other clubs with lengthy histories include Fortnightly of Beatrice and Mu Sigma of Omaha, both begun in 1892.

Before you begin the process of forming your own club, it might be a good idea to do some research and see if there are existing book clubs that you can join. Many public libraries host their own reading groups, led by professionals, and some book stores do the same.

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