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National Poetry Month Contest Winners!

We’re very excited to announce the winners of the National Poetry Month Contest we held in April! Thank you to all who participated and shared your written works with us.

The First Place Winner of the kid’s contest is Lizzie, age 10, for her poem “Celebration of Voices.” 1st and 2nd runners-up are Maddie and Avery.

“Soft whisper in the breeze

Makes me feel like me

I could sing it all night long

Making it a happy song

A crescendo builds

A love fulfilled

We rejoice and sing together

Holding hands and singing songs

Family and friends

A musical fiesta.”

The First Place Winner of the adult’s contest is Nina, for her poem “The Death Stick Victory.” 1st and 2nd runners-up are Carol and Terry.

“I’ve got to save my lung before the shroud is hung.

Stop sucking nicotine like Beezelbub the fiend!

I’ve got a master plan to stop that cowboy man.

No more addiction, gotta blot out that fiction!

Started smoking when I was but a teen,

it was just part of the scene.

Didn’t care ‘bout my health, only social wealth!

Sucking smoke after hours, basking in teen power.

Feeling bold and brave (but digging my own grave!)

But now I’m over twenty-one, not a scared kid on the run.

See through media suggestions, got to form my own questions:

Do I choose life or death?

Do I cherish every breath?

Do I wish to see the sun rise every day?

See my little cousins play?

Or do I want to be six feet under?

My life one big blunder?

The tired PSA theme: “another life lost to nicotine!”

Now I have to think for myself, place rebellion on the shelf.

This cute little ill can’t be cured by patch or pill.

My addiction is from within.

I’ll have to forgive my past sin.

Moving past excuses, healing those bruises.

It’s the dawn of a new day.

I’m throwing those ciggies away!”

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Ways to Help

Are you wondering how you can help the community during COVID-19? Here’s a list of ways to get started:

  1. Check on neighbors via call or text
  2. Look for neighborhood groups on Facebook to see how you can help in your immediate area
  3. Donate food to Meals on Wheels or other local food banks
  4. Sew face masks for donation to local facilities in need (non-sewing options and instructions can be found here)
  5. Write letters for care packages being sent to those who are working on the front lines during the Coronavirus
  6. Contact nearby organizations and ask about donating spare medical supplies. Currently, the City of Philadelphia is seeking donations for certain unused personal protective equipment (PPE), which, if approved, can be scheduled for delivery or pick-up. Further details and forms can be found here
  7. Contribute artwork and poetry to the Fill the Walls With Hope campaign, a volunteer-run project committed to decorating the city of Philadelphia with positive, colorful messages. You may also download and print free artwork to display in your windows at home
  8. Consider scheduling an appointment for a blood donation via the American Red Cross if you’re healthy and able. Find a drive near you, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
  9. Animal shelters and rescue groups are continuing to care for pets during this time. The Pennsylvania SPCA is seeking in-kind donations of pet supplies, including blankets, toys, and food. More details can be found here
  10. Continue to follow the recommended guidelines and safety precautions: wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds, wear a face mask whenever you must leave your home, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unclean hands or while outside your home, and maintain social distancing of six feet apart

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May Library News

ASTON LIBRARY NEWS–

The Library building remains closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus situation.  Check at www.astonlibrary.org or call 610-494-5877 to check our latest status.

The Library anticipates that once the facility is able to open, it will offer limited service at first, with only pick-up of requested materials available, and other assistance over the phone.  Wearing of masks and social distancing will be required at that time.  This will be some time after the Governor has moved Delaware County from “Red” to “Yellow” status.

No library materials will be due until at least May 22nd due to the crisis.

Join Debbie and Stephen for their Weekly Call-in Show, participate in the theme of the week or just ask questions or talk about whatever you want!  It is Wednesdays at 11AM.  Call 1-561-408-9266 and use PIN: 260062187 or email director@astonlibrary.org and we will call you!

Does your organization need a free way to meet remotely during this time?  The library may be able to share its Google Meet system with you.  Email bronwyn@astonlibrary.org with your need.

Storytime is continuing online at our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary .  Tuesday at 10:30 is Toddler Storytime, Wednesday at 10:30 is Infant Storytime, Thursday at 10:30 is Preschool Storytime.

Ms. Debbie is doing a Virtual Craft and Chat time for adults each week.  To join, email debbie@astonlibrary.org

Need help?  The library will still be checking voicemails left at 610-494-5877 while we are closed.  You can also email us at hello@astonlibrary.org .

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to  http://delco.overdrive.com to see what is available! Download the “Libby” App to your phone or tablet to enjoy the materials.

Go to www.astonlibrary.org, scroll down and look at the links on the right side of the page for great resources when the library is not open!  Use Ask Here PA to get help from a librarian online.  Use Bookflix and Tumblebooks to have books read to your young child.  Use Homework Help Now for help with schoolwork or your resume.  Use RB Digital to read magazines.

Even more resources are available by going to www.delcolibraries.org and clicking on ” Explore e-Resources “.

Don’t have a library card?  Just email your name, address, phone number, and birthday to support@delcolibraries.org and Delco Libraries will email you back a barcode that you can use to access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and all of our other online resources!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!  
We will also be providing regular updates, information and programs for our patrons through the Facebook page.  We share everything from book readings to recipes to sewing tips to yoga lessons to the latest on COVID.

Email debbie@astonlibrary.org and she can add you to the list to receive regular emails with updates, activities and information.

The Library Board of Trustees will meet online on Tuesday, May 19 at 7PM.  Join with Google Meet http://meet.google.com/wur-mxue-msm or Join by phone +1 516-399-4738‬ PIN: ‪264 501 064‬#

You can still join the Friends of the Library! Go to www.astonlibrary.org and click on “Join Our Friends” to send in your info!

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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Lego Creative Challenge!

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by | April 9, 2020 · 10:30 am

Kids’ April Coloring Contest!

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by | April 2, 2020 · 12:05 pm

National Poetry Month Contest!

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words.” –Robert Frost

April is National Poetry Month! Recognized as the largest literary celebration around the world, this event encourages people to read and recite poems, as well as try writing their own. To keep the celebration going this year, the Aston Public Library is holding a poetry contest, open to all!

GUIDELINES FOR ADULTS:

  1. All adults who live in Delaware County are eligible to enter.
  2. Only 1 original poem per person.
  3. Entries may be submitted to frontdesk@astonlibrary.org via Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Be sure to write “Poetry Contest Entry” in the email’s subjectline.
  4. Please include your full name and preferred method of contact (phone number or email address) in your entry.
  5. Deadline for submission is THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH, by the end of the day.
  6. The winner will be announced and contacted in May.

GUIDELINES FOR KIDS:

  1. All children grades 1-12 who live in Delaware County are eligible to enter.
  2. Only 1 original poem per child.
  3. Entries may be submitted to frontdesk@astonlibrary.org via Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Be sure to write “Poetry Contest Entry” in the email’s subjectline.
  4. Please include the following in entry: child’s full name, parent’s phone number and email address, and child’s grade, school and school district .
  5. Deadline for submission is THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH, by the end of the day.
  6. Poems will be judged by grade level. Winners will be announced and contacted in May.

Good luck and happy writing!

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April Library News

The Library remains closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus situation.  Check this web site or call 610-494-5877 to see our latest status.

No library materials will be due until at least May 22nd due to the crisis.

Need help?  The library will still be checking voicemails left at 610-494-5877 while we are closed.  You can also email us at hello@astonlibrary.org .

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to  http://delco.overdrive.com to see what is available! Download the “Libby” App to your phone or tablet to enjoy the materials.

Scroll down this page and look at the links on the right side of the page for great resources when the library is not open!  Use Ask Here PA to get help from a librarian online.  Use Bookflix and Tumblebooks to have books read to your young child.  Use Homework Help Now for help with schoolwork or your resume.  Use RB Digital to read magazines.

Even more resources are available by going to ” Explore e-Resources ” on the Delco Libraries web site.

Don’t have a library card?  Just email your name, address, phone number, and birthday to support@delcolibraries.org and Delco Libraries will email you back a barcode that you can use to access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and all of our other online resources!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!

We will also be providing regular updates, information and programs for our patrons through our Facebook page.

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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