Maryland's Poet Laureate will be in Cumberland Sunday to help the Allegany County Library System kick off National Library Week.

Michael Glaser, chair of the English Department at St. Mary's College, will be at the Washington Street Library for the 3 p.m. presentation, "Poet's Corner: A Conversation with Maryland's Poet Laureate."

Named Poet Laureate of Maryland in 2004, Glaser will conduct an interactive presentation as part of his statewide campaign to encourage Marylanders to read, write and listen to poetry. Glaser views poetry as an art form that can help us to not only "see things new" but also examine and more deeply understand ourselves and our world.

"Contemporary poetry is an invaluable storehouse of thoughtful responses to the world we live in," he said, "and poking around in that treasure trove can open up fascinating opportunities for exploration, insight and understanding."

The presentation will include an opportunity for discussion with audience members. The Cumberland Choral Society will perform at 2:30 p.m.

Hosted jointly by the Allegany County Library System and the Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, the event is being sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, with support from Columbia Gas of Maryland. For more information call 301-777-1200.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

This year's theme is "Come Together @ Your Local Library." Special events are planned at all county library branches, including dinosaur-themed children's story hours as part of the Dino Connection. For more information contact the Washington Street Library at the number above, or your local branch.

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