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March 30, 2013

Talk of the Times: Library Friends launch new local scholarship

If you or someone in your family are a high school student headed for college, and you’ve frequented Gloucester Sawyer Free Library over the years, here’s a chance to think of what you’ve gained from that experience — and put it to good use.

On behalf of the Sawyer Free Library, the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are establishing a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for this school year And those seeking to apply for it are being asked to submit a “short essay” of approximately 350 words on the meaning of The Sawyer Free Library in his or her life.

Beyond the essay, the criteria for scholarship eligibility is as follows — all applicants must be:

A Gloucester resident

Accepted at an institute of higher learning

Demonstrate need

Demonstrate academic achievement

Show involvement in community service.

Applications should be sent to: Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, care of Bonnie O’Neil, 162 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Gloucester poetry showcase

A variety of Gloucester residents, meanwhile, will be found at the library reading their favorite poems together next Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library in observance of National Poetry Month, which takes place in April.

The Gloucester Lyceum invited a number of Cape Ann residents to select and read their favorite poem. Each participant reads their poem and briefly explains the reason behind their choice.

This year’s readers are: Willie Alexander (musician), Noreen Burke (Gloucester Health Director), Rufus Collinson (city poet laureate), Michele Harrison (attorney), Robert Jedrey (physician), Lara Lepionka (artist), Rabbi Stephen Lewis (Temple Ahavat Achim), Eileen Matz (active citizen and former library board member), Scott Memhard (Cape Pond Ice), Ruth Pino (real estate agent) and David Babson (attorney).

“Public poetry readings are an increasingly popular way to bring communities together and celebrate the beauty of this art form,” said Beth Pocock, a librarian at Sawyer Free Library. “This has become one of the Lyceum’s most popular events and has proven to be great fun for readers and audience alike.”

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