Blood drive coming to Patchogue-Medford Library on April 23

A blood drive is coming soon to Patchogue-Medford Library. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

A blood drive is coming soon to Patchogue-Medford Library. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Give the gift of life at Patchogue-Medford Library.

A blood drive is being held at the library on Thursday, April 23 from 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

The drive is also co-sponsored with the Rotary Club of Patchogue, The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the Pilot Club of Patchogue. Long Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will serve as the provider for the drive.

Rose Marut, who organizes adult programming at the library, said that all of the organizations sponsoring the event help promote the drive as well as volunteer at the registration and canteen areas.

Donors can make an appointment or walk-in during the drive to participate. Appointments can be made by calling the library at 631-654-4700 ext. 242, or by going to the New York Blood Center’s website at nybloodcenter.org.

 

Community Poetry Corner lets Patchogue-Medford Library patrons explore creativity

Community Poetry Corner sign. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi
The Community Poetry Corner lets Patchogue-Medford Library patrons explore their creative side. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

The Community Poetry Corner lets Patchogue-Medford Library patrons explore their creative side. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Everyone has a little poet in them.

Patchogue-Medford Library invites patrons to explore their creative side with a Community Poetry Corner set up for April’s National Poetry Month.

The station consists of pens, parchment, a magnetic board, books for inspiration and even a paper tablecloth for writers to place their words wherever they would like. All poems are welcome, and the only rule is to have fun.

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Books for inspiration for aspiring poets are also set up at the station. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Laura Accardi and Karen McCahey both organized the station, which is located next to the library’s Main Street entrance.

“Every morning Laura and I look forward to checking out what words our ‘patron-poets’ have left,” McCahey said.

Community Poetry Corner sign. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

Community Poetry Corner sign. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

Accardi said that as poems are written on the book-shaped cut outs of parchment paper, they are being hanged on the window by the station for patrons to see as they walk by. She also noted that the nearby magnetic board could become part of a group poem.

“We were hoping to make it inviting, interactive and fun so that if people moved the magnetic words into a poem, maybe the next person that stopped by would add to it (kind of like making it like a continuous community poem) or just create their own poem,” Accardi said.

Poems are being hanged on the window near the station for patrons to see. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Poems are being hanged on the window near the station for patrons to see. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

The books placed in the corner for inspiration were selected to appeal to many different age groups to encompass the wide demographic of library patrons.

The corner will stay in place through the end of the month for patrons discover their inner poet.

Poems written at the station are being hanged at the window nearby window. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

Poems written at the station are being hanged at the window nearby window. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

A love poem for the library. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

A love poem for the library. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

Magnetic board at the Community Poetry Corner. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

Magnetic board at the Community Poetry Corner. Photo courtesy: Laura Accardi

 

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