National Poetry Month


Mooresville Public Library to Offer Poetry Competition

During the months of April and May, Mooresville Public Library will be conducting a poetry competition. Interested participants must be at least 13-years-old. The first part of the competition is a poetry book cover contest that will be held from Monday, April 2 through Monday, April 30. Interested participants should pick up an application, and return it upon completion, along with your original book cover design to the adult services reference desk, located on the library’s main floor.

Throughout the month of April, interested participants will have the opportunity to attend various workshops that focus on different genres of poetry. The workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings in April from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Mooresville Public Library. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 4/4, Free Verse

Wednesday, 4/11, Sonnets

Wednesday, 4/18, Rhyme Scheme

And Wednesday, 4/25, Free Verse Part II

These workshops will give those interested the opportunity to explore and write these different genres of poetry. No experience is necessary, and registration is not required. Interested participants are not required to attend all sessions; you can pick and choose which ones you want to attend.

During the month of May, interested participants can pick up an application, and submit the application, along with your completed poem to the adult services reference desk, located on the library’s main floor. Selected poems will be compiled into a poetry anthology. Visa gift cards will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Winners will also be given a copy of the poetry anthology and given an invitation to the Mooresville Public Library’s Local Author Showcase to be held on Saturday, July 28. Copies of the poetry anthology will be circulated throughout the library and available for the public to check out. Questions? Contact Megan Mosher by phone at 704-663-1062 or via email at

Staff Picks March 2018

I’ve been savoring, At Peace, by Dr. Sam Harrington. It’s been a pick up/put down book, evoking strong emotion, but been very helpful for me. I lost both my parents, and can recommend this for anyone going through a similar situation.

-Jennifer L.

I’m reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I feel like the only person who hasn’t yet seen it, or watched the movie!
-Nina E.
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg and History of Bees by Maja Lunde.
-Bevin F.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River. This fast paced thriller is quite good.
-Nancy H.
I just read A World of Three Zeroes by Muhammad Yunus. The creator of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which offers microloans to poor women who want to start businesses, the crux of this book is that capitalism has failed us. If we trust our instincts as entrepreneurs, and try to make our world a better place, even making small steps, we can stop the cycles of poverty, haves and have nots, and also the destruction of our environment. Less of a road map than an essay, this is an inspiring book invoking us to action.
-Jenneffer S.

Fake News

by Travis Sherrill, Mooresville Public Libraryfakenewspic

Check about me pages. Checking out the about me page, investigating the authors’ name to consider there credentials in context should be a regular part of the research journey.

Interrogate URLS. We see quite a bit of domain manipulation these days. What is domain manipulation? Domain manipulation is when you have an actual website that has an extra extension on the end of it. For example, what looks like a .edu domain followed by .co or .lo is likely a fake or deceptive site. If you are seeing a slightly variant version of a well known URL, do a little investigating. An example of this would be Of course, the actual website is

Staff Picks for February 2018

French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mirelle Guiliano.
-Cheri S.
Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot is a sensitive true story of a granddaughter who tries to discover her family’s history. Both survivors of Nazi Germany, Miranda’s grandparents refuse to speak to each other, or even utter their names, so she has a lot of work to do. The author grew up in Ashville, NC.
-Jenneffer S.
I am reading You’re Worth It! by Danielle Bean. It is one of those ongoing books I keep on my nightstand, and read a little bit, up to 50 pages at a time.
-Nina E.
Moon Women by Pamela Duncan
The author is a North Carolinian and the story is set in the western part of our state. If you enjoy books by Rebecca Wells, Fannie Flagg or Adrianna Trigiani, you’ll like this too. It follows the trials of the Moon sisters and is a light-hearted look at typical family problems. An easy read with likable characters.
-Lynae V.

Fake News: Determining a Source

by Travis Sherrill

How do you know something might not be valid?

Unfortunately, in today’s society, lots of articles we read, videos we watch, news stories we hear, or even entire websites cannot be considered valid. So, the question becomes, how can we check the validity of a source?

The sources might not be verified. Does the article contain links to other sites that are external, or are different sites referenced? Does the author of a particular article quote that have authority or who are experts in that particular field?

Emotional appeal, Is the article playing on your feelings? Does it make you happy, angry, or scared?

Expert authors, Does the author provide credentials or tell more about their authority to write on that particular subject matter?

Other sources, Can the main idea of the article be found on other news outlets? Can you find other news articles that back up the same ideas or information?

Finally, Website extension, Is the information coming from a .com, .gov, or .edu site, or is it coming from something like a or other editions. .com, .gov, and .edu sites are typically most reliable, while sites are similar to the real thing but are often fake. An example of this is