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Library to Celebrate Spring with Poetry and Examine Homelessness

The MCC Library is offering two programs in April celebrating spring and examining homelessness, with proceeds from book sales going toward student scholarships. Both will be held by the Library’s main entrance.

The first, on Thursday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m., celebrates National Poetry Month with readings by poets Emanuel di Pasquale, Gregg Glory, Hank Kalet, Mat Spano, Dan Weeks and Dan Zimmerman, who will read from their critically acclaimed books. Signed copies will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to MCC student scholarships.

Thursday, April 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. is In Your Community: Addressing Homelessness. A panel will discuss homelessness and poverty in and around Middlesex County. Hank Kalet, an MCC adjunct professor and journalist, will read from his book, “As an Alien in a Land of Promise,” on the now-closed tent encampment for the homeless in Lakewood, called Tent City. MCC student Alexander Lewis will share his story as a 20-year-old who found himself homeless during a cold New Jersey winter. Representatives from Coming Home Inc., Elijah’s Promise, and Catholic Charities of Metuchen will talk about how they support the homeless and what volunteer opportunities are available to help the local community.

“We are offering these programs because we want to continue to provide students with the opportunity to engage in what’s happening in the community,” said Marilyn Ochoa, Library director. “Our poetry reading will allow students to see our talented faculty outside the classroom. And the homelessness program is designed to raise awareness about this important issue and to inform students of how they can help.”

Book sale proceeds will go to MCC student scholarships. Donations of non-perishable food, paper plates, napkins and plastic cookware will be accepted at the Library that day and leading up to the event. For more information visit http://Middlesexcc.libguides.com/homelessness.

For more information, please call the Library at 732-906-2561.