Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines poetry as:
Metrical writing or the productions of a poet.

Sounds easy enough, but anyone who has attempted to author a poem knows it isn't that simple.

From Greek poets of old to the beloved Mother Goose, poetry has entertained, intrigued and moved us throughout our lives. In recognition, April is National Poetry Month.

How can you celebrate? Here are some ideas:

  • Read a book of poetry by an author you have never read before
  • Carry a poem in your pocket. Select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. Try it on April 18th, National Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Organize a poetry reading and invite friends and colleagues to share their favorite poetry as well. 
  • Put a poem on the pavement. This is a great way to get the kids involved. Pick your favorite line of poetry, grab a piece of sidewalk chalk and write the line on your sidewalk or clean pavement. Make it bright for everyone to see! 

And don't forget to join Fauquier County Public Library as we celebrate National Poetry month throughout April. One of the highlights is our first annual Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge. The Challenge highlights this creative art form and gives teen writers a voice, recognition and a chance at publication on the library's Facebook page and/or website.

Over 100 original works have been submitted by teens in grades 6-12. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 30th at a Teen Reading Night and Reception to be held at the John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, 7:30 pm.

Stay tuned for news about the winners. To explore poetry available from the library, visit us or search the Catalog.

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