Monthly Archives: April 2012

The poem in my pocket

Today is Poem in Your Pocket day, a day when the Academy of American Poets invites you to carry your favorite poem around and share it with friends, family, coworkers … even strangers!

So today I’d like to share one of my favorites with you: Last Poem by Robert Desnos.

Desnos was a French surrealist poet who was an active member of a French resistance movement during World War II, printing false identity papers and collecting information to useful to the resistance. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 and died the next year in a concentration camp. It is said that this poem, a revision of one he’d written earlier to his wife, was found on his body after his death.

J’ai tant rêvé de toi,

tant marché, parlé, couché avec ton fantôme

qu’il ne me reste plus peut-être,

et pourtant, qu’à être fantôme parmi les fantômes

et plus ombre cent fois que l’ombre

qui se promène et se promènera allégrement

sur le cadran solaire de ta vie.

 I have so fiercely dreamed of you
And walked so far and spoken of you so,
Loved a shade of you so hard
That now I’ve no more left of you.
I’m left to be a shade among the shades
A hundred times more shade than shade
To be shade cast time and time again into your sun-transfigured life.

Last known photo of Desnos in the Theresienstadt concentration camp (1945)

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Find local history @ your library!

Arizona resident Lelah was in Mayes County visiting family when she decided to pay a visit to the town of her youth. Lelah just intended to drive around Pryor looking for familiar places from her growing-up years, but when she asked a passerby where she might find information about the school she attended, she was directed to the library.

Lelah with her niece Becky (right) and  librarian Leslie Trogdon (left).

Before long she’d made a friend in our Genealogy librarian, Leslie Trogdon, and found more than she ever expected.

One of the unexpected things Lelah found was information about a long-lost classmate. She remembers attending grade school in New Mexico with a girl named Carmen. Later when Lelah’s family moved to the Pryor area, she felt that one of her new classmates looked very familiar – and soon realized that it was Carmen! After graduation Lelah lost track of Carmen and had always wondered what had happened to her.

When Ms. Trogdon opened a Pryor High School annual, there was Carmen’s picture. Then they were able to use findagrave.com  to discover more information about Carmen and even see pictures of her as an adult. “It’s like a miracle!” Lelah said.

Pryor’s Main Street after the 1942 tornado.

She also found her own school pictures, and pictures from the Pryor tornado of 1942, which she remembers clearly.

“I found things I never dreamed I would find!”

You will finds all sorts of information in our Genealogy and local history archives – photographs, newspaper archives dating back to the days before statehood, school annuals, funeral records, and access to genealogy resources like Family Search, Heritage Quest, and Ancestry. Call us for more information: 918-825-0777.

And if you have local memories of your own, please share with us. Leave a comment here, or on Facebook, or come visit us in person. We want to hear your stories!

Come to the library and see what you can discover!

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Storytime Fun

We have weekly toddler storytimes for many reasons – it helps develop language and thinking skills, increases a child’s vocabulary, and promotes imagination and creativity.

But there’s another reason … it’s fun!

Yesterday we had an extra special outdoor storytime. We crossed our fingers that the rain would hold off, and it did! First Miss Brett gathered the group outside the children’s wing and read books about Easter eggs and bunnies, a hint at what was to come.

Then the Easter Bunny appeared, with a surprise: a live bunny, loaned to us for the day from Orschlen’s Farm & Home store! (Thanks, guys!) The kids had a marvelous time holding, petting, and taking their pictures with him, and although he seemed rather exhausted after all the fun was over, this bunny clearly had just the right kind of personality to handle a lot of attention.

But wait… The fun wasn’t over yet. Time to hunt Easter eggs!

And I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s not just the kids who have fun. Ask the librarian who dressed up as the Easter bunny, or the ones who flew around last minute hiding the eggs, or the one who wrangled the live rabbit. We’ll tell you the same thing: we had fun too.

Join us every Wednesday at 10:00 am: bring the kids, bring your imagination, and be ready to have a good time!

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