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May 31, 2019, marks the 200th birthday of one of the most celebrated poets of all time — Walt Whitman. There are tons of programming opportunities for both National Poetry Month (April) and beyond, so let's jump in.
Community Reading of Favorite Poems
Feel free to steal my library's program! We are having a Community Reading of Favorite Poems, an event based on former Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy’s favorite poem project.
National Poetry Month celebrates poems and poets with annual events taking place nationwide in April. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, the goal is to increase the visibility of the poetic form, as well as to increase access to it.
Here are some of our favorite resources and program ideas to get your library ready.
Short on time and money, we found a quick and inexpensive way to celebrate National Poetry Month: offering patrons a poem to take home every day in the month of April.
We created a large display table with books, DVDs and other materials for all ages, and we displayed free signs from the Poetry Foundation. We also created a sign that read, “Don’t forget to get your poem a day!”