Resources for Public Libraries

“The simple, compact, well-join’d scheme, myself disintegrated, every one disintegrated yet part of the scheme.”
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry


Public LIbraries

Public Libraries are ideal venues for participating in our project. You love poetry, and you already know that Whitman is the father of free verse. Sharing in a reading of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry will serve as a powerful reminder of Whitman's place in your love of poetry. As Whitman scholar Ed Folsom has written: 

“No American writer has been more influential, nationally and internationally, than Walt Whitman. Poets from his time to our own, in the United States and around the world, have talked back to Whitman, carrying on the conversation that he initiated over 150 years ago—a dialogue about democracy, poetry, love, death, and the endless permutations of life that he believed would define America and eventually produce a republic equal to its ideals.

It is difficult to become a poet in the United States without at some point coming to grips with Whitman, answering the challenge that he issued to future generations, to the “Poets to come”: “I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,” he said, “Expecting the main things from you” 

For those of you who work in public libraries please help us in promoting our project throughout 2019. Tell your colleagues and affiliated schools, and  share a link to our website to your social media and favorite library blogs.

We include below a PDF download with ideas for readings, whether inviting local schools, reading groups, or community organizations to read Crossing Brooklyn Ferry out loud.

PDF Download: coming soon!


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PDF Download: Ideas, suggestions, and classroom discussion guides are all included in this Public Library Guide for libraries participating in HBWW.