April has arrived, bringing with it planting season and spring cleaning. The name April has many origins, from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, to the Latin word “to open,” signifying the opening of flowers and trees at springtime.
Although we come to know April as the second month of spring, this wasn’t always the case. Before 700 BC, April was the second month of the year before January and February were added to the initial Roman calendar.
April celebrates Arab American heritage, child abuse prevention, and Autism Awareness; it is also the month for Jazz Appreciation and one of our favorites: Poetry Writing.

Poetry Writing Activities and Events:

The 15th Annual April Poem-A-Day Challenge on Writer’s Digest

National Poetry Month Series: I am America

Guest Speaker
NVWN guest speaker for April is Penn State Laureate Shara McCallum.

From Jamaica, and born to a Jamaican father and Venezuelan mother, Shara McCallum is the author of six books of poetry published in the US and UK, most recently No Ruined Stone (2021). La historia es un cuarto, an anthology of her poems translated into Spanish by Adalber Salas Hernández, was published in Mexico in 2021. McCallum’s poems have been translated into several other languages and her poems and essays have appeared throughout the US, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Her writing has been awarded various prizes, including the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, a Silver Musgrave Medal from the Jamaican government, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the US Library of Congress, and a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. McCallum is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor at Penn State University and was appointed the 2021-22 Penn State Laureate.
Tuesday, 4/12/2022
5:00-6:45 pm
Downsbrough Community Room
Please bring cash or checks to purchase Dr. Shara McCallum and Dr. Carline Crevecoeur’s book at the end of the presentation.

Book Reading/ Signing
Dr. Carline Crevecoeur, one of our members, will be having a book reading and signing event for her memoir: Pressure Makes Diamonds
Saturday, 4/16/2022
1-2 pm
Ten Thousand Villages, State College, PA

April Social
Join us for our monthly social
Thursday, 4/28/2022
5:30-6:30 pm
The Social (located in the Scholar Hotel, corner of Beaver Ave and Pugh St in State College).

What Our Local Book Clubs are Reading
Inspirational Book Club
(Meets every Monday)

The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
10:00-11:00 am
Barnes& Nobles

Tuesday Book Club (Schlow)
(Meets the third Tuesday of the month)
Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
Tuesday, 4/19/2022
 5:30-6:30 pm
 Community Room

(Meets the third Thursday of the month)

The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
Chapter 8-10
Thursday, 4/21/2022
7-8 pm

Well-read Book Club (Schlow)
(Meets last Wednesday of the month)
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Wednesday, 4/27/2022
7:00-8:00 pm