Sunday, April 19, 2009

Library Event - Teen Poetry Cafe and Open Mic Night

To help celebrate National Poetry Month, the Spring Valley Library will be hosting a Teen Poetry Cafe and Open Mic night! The event will be taking place in the story room on Monday, April 20th at 7:00pm. If you like to write poems, here is your chance to read them for all to hear!

Did you know that National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996? "The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern."

Some of the goals of National Poetry Month include introducing more Americans to the pleasure of reading poetry, make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum and encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books. The Academy of American Poets actually sends out over 200,000 posters to libraries, schools and booksellers.

You can celebrate on your own by doing some of these activities that the Academy of American Poets suggests. Put some poetry in an unexpected place, organize a poetry reading, put a poem in a letter or sign up for a poetry class or workshop. They provide a daily list for the entire month!

We are looking forward to hearing some of your poetry on the 20th of April, so please come and share your talent with us!

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