Five Ways to Show Yourself Love

Valentine’s Day might be over, but you can still celebrate by showing yourself some love.

We all know the saying – self love is the best love. Self love is still very important especially with the times we are in now – adjusting to a new year, still going through a pandemic, and even seasonal depression. Here are 40 self care affirmations to get you started, and here are our suggestions to help you show yourself some love.

1. Listen to your favorite song. And what better way to do that than to check out a portable Bluetooth speaker from our Library of Things collection and jam out! So power it up, put on your favorite tune and get your endorphins pumping.

2. Cook or order your favorite meal, drink and treat. You can check out baking items like baking pans, blenders, and a cake decorating kit from the Library of Things at our front desk. So fire up that stove or DoorDash app and enjoy your favorite treat.

3. Laugh and unwind with your favorite movie or tv show. Check out our movie binge kits – each one features 3 dvds centered around a specific them – such as Meet Cute Rom-Coms and Romantic Academia. And each one comes with free popcorn and candy!

4. Relax with a hot shower, apply a face mask, meditate, or do some yoga. And did you know that our HappyLights can help with increased energy, mood, focus and sleep? Do anything that you feel is going to relax you and make you feel happy, calm, and most of all loved.

5. Have yourself a self care day. It can be something as simple as getting your hair cut or as extravagant as combining all these ideas together in one fun and relaxing day.

Whatever you choose to do this week, just make sure that you are practicing some type of self care and appreciating yourself.

Everyone’s a Writer: Slam Poetry Resources

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When most people hear the term ‘creative writing,’ they may think it’s a thing that only people who identify as writers can pursue or that it’s complicated. But I am here to let you know that it’s not true, because everyone’s a writer. Now that may sound a little bit corny, but it’s true. Think about when you craft a status on social media, when your teacher assigns you to free write in class, when you brainstorm ideas, or when you journal – those are all forms of writing and specifically creative writing.

For me personally, I consider myself a writer. Not a great one, but a writer nonetheless. And one of my all time favorite forms of writing is slam poetry – also known as spoken word.

Now, there are often misconceptions that poetry is complex or has to rhyme or has to be super aggressive – especially slam poetry. So here are some tips to help you tap into your inner writer and inner slam poet.

Where to Start

Are you wondering how to start creative writing? Well, you’ve probably already started. Just think of the last thing that you wrote and boom you will realize you’ve already done it.

Let’s talk about the mechanics of creative writing as a beginner. To begin, it’s always easier to start writing in a space were you feel comfortable. Then, you will want to clear your mind. I suggest some deep breathing. It may seem a little bit extra, but I want to stress that having a clear mind when writing is very important; however, you do not have to use deep breathing as your relaxation method – you can use whatever makes you feel calm.

Once you are comfortable and in a good head space, you should start writing. Get out a piece of paper or a notebook and something to write with and just write! It doesn’t matter what, just write something and worry about putting it together later.

What is Slam Poetry?

Slam poetry, or its more formal name spoken word poetry, is where you free write about something that you care about, and typically you’ll say it in front of people at a poetry slam. It’s very informal. You write how you feel about something, memorize it and perhaps perform it. Oftentimes, spoken word can be very rap based and may seem intense at first because people are speaking about topics that they care about with almost no guidelines which is why it can be so much fun.

Writing Spoken Word

There is no guide to writing spoken word. Just sit down and write your feelings down. Then you’ll have the basis of a spoken word poem right there. Remember not to force it and don’t compare your work to anyone else’s work because everyone’s poetry is their own.

Wrapping Up

If you take away anything from this, remember that writing isn’t a closed off thing for authors or poets. Everyone truly is a writer, and spoken word is a great place to start because you can truly write about and do whatever you want with it.

If you consider yourself a writer already and are lacking inspiration, the library has many booksthat you can check out. Below, I’ve listed some materials to help you get started in your creative writing journey, as well as some of my personal favorite spoken word poems.

Remember, everyone’s a writer!

Library Books on Creative Writing

Just Imagine: Music, Images and Text to Inspire Creative Writing by James Carter

The Future of Creative Writing by Graeme Harper

Let the Crazy Child Write: Finding Your Creative Voice by Clive Matson

Helpful YouTube Links for Creative Writing

Quick Calm Deep Breathing Example

What is Slam Poetry

Tips on How to ‘Become’ a Slam Poet

Tyla’s Slam Poetry Favorites

Anxiety

Brown Skin Girl

White Privilege

Mental health Barz

Angry Black Women

I’m So Black

Capitalism

Movie Recs: Home for the Holidays

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With finals approaching and everyone gearing up to go home for winter break, it’s the perfect time to destress and think positive. We know it can be difficult stay positive and not check out when the semester is nearing the end. What better way to do this than to FaceTime or visit your families, hook up your DVD player and pop in some of your favorite holiday and festive movies!

The Library has you covered! DVD and Blu-Ray players are available for check out at the library main desk, as well as many popular feature films.

Here are some of our favorite holiday movie recommendations:

Almost Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Babes in Toyland
The Blind Side
Sherlock Gnomes
Home Alone
Elf
Frozen 2
Eight Crazy Nights
Disney Short Films Collection
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Need a speaker? They are available for check out at the library main desk via our Library of Things collection.

So, if the end of the semester is dragging you down and you are missing your family, reconnect with a family movie binge night and fight the urge to shut down.