Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April. You can receive a Poem-A-Day from Poets.org. Thursday, April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day when people select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Need a collection of poems to choose yours from? We have books, eBooks, and eAudiobooks full of poetry.
During April, teens can visit any of our branches and create blackout poetry. You create blackout poetry by taking a page from a book and blacking out words until the words left make a poem. We’ll be displaying the poems in our branches and online.
Participate in the River City writers’ Group Poetry Contest! Submit up to two, one-page poems between April 1 and April 15, 2014. To enter, submit your poem in person, at the New Richmond Branch or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as a MS Word document attachment. Please include your name, phone number or email address, and whether you’re entering the teen (15-17 year old) or the adult (18+) competition. Your entries must be submitted by midnight on April 15, 2014 to be considered for judging. Visit the branch or call 553-0570 for more information.
The Union Township Branch Discovery Club will explore different types of poetry, from silly to Haiku and then create our own concrete poems (shape poems) on Friday, April 11 at 10:00a.m. Register by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744 or registering online. For ages 6-12 years old.