What’s in My Library? A Poem for each Branch

Want a positive, feel-good read on something good in the world?  Visit Sacramento Public Library’s 28 branches through the eyes of a poet. With a tenderness, humor, and beauty, you’ll enjoy more than forty poems that reflect each neighborhood’s uniqueness, diversity and personality. 
Learn more about Sacramento’s community while you celebrate a Juneteenth celebration, survive the California Delta’s 1907 flood, and visit falcons and owls and hawks—oh my!  

The Sacramento Public Library is the proud winner of the 2019 Jerry Kline Community Impact Award. Readers will experience more than fifteen of the many programs that help make Sacramento’s library a national gem. 

Upcoming kitchen remodel
—there’ll be strangers in my private home.
I feel anxious.

How will I survive?
I hear an inner voice, leave the house.
A foolish thought—I ignore it.

Insistent, it repeats,
Leave the house,
but I have nowhere to go…

Leave the house,
it whisper-shouts at me,
so I leave the house.

I drive down random streets.
This is crazy!  I need a safe place.
I hide in a library.

I read poetry,
looking out over the garden
I notice a dragon statue—

an aha moment!
I open my tiny haiku journal
and write two poems.

Released from the voice,
I drive home—an epiphany!
I know how to solve stranger quandary…

visit twenty-eight
twenty-eight poems!

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Inside What’s in My Library?, you’ll enjoy these poems:
A Perfect Place to Read
Friends Save Home-Cozy Library
Calling All Gardeners!
Library of Experiences
Drum for Freedom!
Where Possibilities Grow
Inside a Castle
Dog’s Day at the Library
Falcons and Owls and Hawks–Oh My!
African-American Beauty Abounds
It’s Scrabble Time!
The Tiniest Branch
Viva La Volunteers!
…and more!