Mark your calendars students and poetry enthusiasts: coming March 2014, the Sierra Nevada College Poetry Center will be celebrating its grand opening. Thanks to a well-written grant and a brilliant idea, Betts Markle will bring thousands of new books and several famous poets to Prim Library to make poetry accessible to the students, faculty, and citizens of Incline Village.
Just this past year, Markle, the dibrary director for SNC, applied for a federal block grant from the Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C., through the Library and Technology Services Act. Because of her hard work, SNC was awarded $48,750 to purchase books, supplies, and to contract a consultant to make sure the Poetry Center is a success. Gail Brown from the University of Arizona Poetry Center, which contains over 70,000 volumes and is widely regarded as one of the most successful in the country, is coming to SNC to help Markle create the Poetry Center.