National Poetry Month

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. W...

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

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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 ata4ya@gmail.com 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.

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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. 

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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 If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you have until April 30th to submit your original, unpublished poetry to win fabulous prizes including a Poet’s Gift Basket full of books and other poetic items.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: ata4ya@gmail.com.

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

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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

Scranimals

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April is National Poetry Month. How will you celebrate?

Paper BeadsApril is National Poetry Month! Join us for our adult craft in celebration of words, language and self expression! We will be making paper beaded jewelry out of poems on Tuesday, April 5th at 10:00AM. Arrange the words on your necklace and wear your own poetic creation. Also, bring your favorite poem to share or check out poetry books to read aloud with your family and friends. Adult crafts are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM.

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Poetry of America

Last month was National Poetry Month, so why am I writing this blog in May?  If you had a chance to visit the Atascocita Branch you may have noticed my display of poetry books in the children's area. I am happy to report that many children and adults checked these items out. Even though April is over and gone, I am hopeful that you will continue to explore books in this area of the library.

National Poetry Month

There was a time – many, many years ago, before radio and television – that people found entertainment through reading. Not just silently to themselves, but aloud, for everyone. And not just popular novels of the day. People were hungry for education as well as entertainment. They also read the newspaper – and poetry. Almost everyone remembers learning some poems in school, and many of us probably have favorites that we can recite. Poems that touched us in a way that made us want to remember that moment, so we learned them by heart. Poems that were, in fact, made to be read aloud.
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Singing Poet coming to Baldwin Boettcher Library

Come join us at the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library on Friday, April 9th at 4:30 pm to listen to the Singing Poet.  This is adventure is to introduce children to poetry.  Come enjoy the entertainment.

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