On Wednesday, May 11 2011, poet, writer and educator Naomi Shihab Nye performed readings at the Main Library as part of the Language of Conservation initiative. Nye has spent 35 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspire learners of all ages. And indeed, attendees at both the morning and evening readings were inspired by Nye’s insight, openness, wit and writerly gifts. In addition to her readings, Naomi presented the Jacksonville Public Library with another gift: a handwritten poem highlighting the cultural and spiritual importance of libraries!
Nye’s visit was part of the Language of Conservation initiative of the Poet’s House in partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute, the Jacksonville Public Library, The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and a consortium of zoos and libraries nationwide. It was made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.