Library seeks volunteer foreign language poetry readers for program |

Library seeks volunteer foreign language poetry readers for program

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking volunteer readers in a variety of foreign languages to contribute to "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here," an evening of poetry readings and art set for Monday, March 6.

This presentation joins communities from Paris to Dubai, London and Washington, D.C. in honoring Baghdad’s famous literary street, which was named for the Arab world's most famous poet, Al-Mutanabbi.

Volunteers are being sought to read existing poems poem in languages other than English — no poetry composition is required. A poem will be provided by book artist and activist Janet Bradley.

"Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" commemorates the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's historic street of booksellers. Al-Mutanabbi Street is a winding street about 1,000 feet long, noted for its many bookstores and outdoor bookstalls where people gather. It has been a thriving center of Baghdad's bookselling and publishing for centuries.

The bombing took the lives of 30 people and destroyed a large portion of the neighborhood. The booksellers who survived rebuilt their stores and are once again in business. They sell works by Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and Jews, as well as children’s books and progressive publications from around the world. Every year since the creation of "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here," poetry readings and exhibits have taken place around the world in early March.

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Interested volunteers who speak any foreign language are asked to contact Janet Bradley at or 970-457-7869.