3

SATURDAY

One of the lighter stories from the Kennedy hagiography is how the first lady taught young Caroline to memorize Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “First Fig,” which, when prompted, she would eagerly recite to the president’s great delight. Now, some 40-plus years later, Caroline Kennedy—a mother and political activist herself—has compiled A Family of Poems, which ranges from anonymously penned little ditties as “Moses supposes his toses are roses/But Moses supposes erroneously” to the classic The Lake Isle of Innisfree, in which William Butler Yeats proposes to build a cabin of clay and wattles and “live alone in the bee-loud glade.” Whereas some overachieving parents might read poems to their young to ensure their admission to a prestigious preschool, Kennedy’s greater intention is to build memories: “If our parents read to us as children, we remember the closeness of the moments together…the calm and the safety of snuggling at bedtime.” Sounds like Camelot. Kennedy signs copies of the book at 1 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227.