National Poetry Month

Teens: Get Creative With Our Book Spine Poetry Contest

Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating a book spine poetry masterpiece! Line up the spines of a book, take a photo, and send it to The winners will be featured on our blog and teen zine. Entries are due by April 30th. 

Celebrating National Poetry Month

April is the perfect time to indulge in poetryrevisiting your old favorites and finding new ones.  From classic sonnets

Book Hunters in Brief #68: Poetry for the Verse Averse

Yes, it's that time of year again when well-meaning poetry lovers insist (always with a hint of desperation in their voices) that you must read some poetry because it's National Poetry Month and it is important and it is good for you and it is fun (despite the fact that it's pretty much a universal law that if so

A Rhyme and Reason

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world.  The Aldine Library will be celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture throughout the month. We will be reading poems over the library loud speaker to expose everyone in the library to our collection. Get ready to hear some good poetry!

New Arrivals for National Poetry Month 2014

Nat'lPoMo Poster 2014It is perhaps no accident that National Poetry Month always begins on April Fools’ Day. Poetry is a foolish thing. It, more than prose in all its various forms, assumes it can draw a bead on, and ultimately make some kind of meaning (no matter how fleeting) from the messy and provisional stuff that is life in the 21st century. It is foolish because for nearly everyone but poets themselves, it has become an object of derision, and worse—indifference.

Yet, the world continues to spawn poets. Why? Because, I think, human beings, when you look at them in their best possible light, are fundamentally seekers. We are all looking for something with a big, amorphous name: grace, salvation, contentment, etc. --in short, we are looking for answers to questions we can't even quite formulate.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is national poetry month, and tomorrow happens to be Poem in Your Pocket Day, which provides the perfect opportunity for sharing your favorite poem with others.  Get started by checking out some of our staff picks.

Shel Silverstein

Jack Prelutsky

Edward Gorey

Tweens & Teens: Get Poetic @ the Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with two awesome tween and teen programs.

First, drop by the library, find some books and create a book spine poem for our Book Spine Poetry Contest. Take a photo like the one on the left and e-mail it by April 23rd. The winners will be featured on this website.

Next, get your poetry on at the Poetry Cafe. Join us on Wednesday, April 17th at 4:30 for an afternoon of poetry, yummy treats and lively discussion. Bring your own poetry or just something you love to read to share with the group. If you don't feel like reading it aloud, someone will be on hand to give it the Poetry Slam treatment.

Cultivating A Love For The Written Word

A lot of kids don't think they like poetry that is until, they listen to someone read a book that is funny.  So, in honor of National Poetry Month, I would like to highlight two books that will tickle your funny bone. 

Calling All Teen Poets!

Are You Atascocita’s Next Top Teen Poet? Calling all Teen poets! The Atascocita Branch Library’s sixth annual Teen Poetry contest is now accepting submissions. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you have until April 30th to submit your original, unpublished poetry to win fabulous prizes including a Poet’s Gift Basket full of books and other poetic items.

 Poems should be typed or neatly handwritten and cannot contain obscenities, gang affiliations, racial slurs, or overt sexual imagery.  Make sure you put your name, age, address, phone number, and e-mail on each entry.  The library retains the right to use the poems in any publicity or in-house publications. You can submit your poems in person at the Atascocita Library or e-mail them to:

 If you need any further information, please contact Darla Pruitt at 281-812-2162.

Let's celebrate National Poetry Month!

Poetry Display

April is National Poetry month and we have created a special display for the kiddos. Grab a few books from our "Giving Words a Voice" poetry display and read some rhymes to your little ones.

One of my favorites is Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals


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