On November 3rd, 2011 a group of intrepid Desk Setters made the trip to Poets House, a literary center and library dedicated to poetry nestled in the Battery Park City enclave a few hundred yards away from the World Trade Center site. Reggie Harris, Poetry in the Branches Coordinator (and a Librarian) gave us a fantastic tour of the facilities, which includes a Children’s Reading Room featuring juvenile books, games, toys, and a number of vintage typewriters (see pic!); an indoor events auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater; a special exhibition gallery space; and an Adult Reading Room which holds a collection of over 50,000 items (commercially and self-published poetry books, chap books, and poetry-related ephemera and audiovisual materials). Open to the public, the 2 year-old Leed Gold Certified “green” building is absolutely gorgeous and designed to incorporate recycled materials and to take advantage of natural light. More description and pics can be found here:
Read more about the history of the Poets House and the wonderful literary events and programming they offer here:
Attention: Anyone looking for an internship or anyone eager to volunteer at a great library- Poets House is looking for librarians, archivists, writers, or LIS students to assist with various library-related tasks from cataloging (Koha) and preparing their annual Showcase to staffing the reference desk and assisting during programs. Interested? Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .