April is National Poetry Month!

It’s hard to imagine a world without the soul-stirring poems of Maya Angelou, the comic verse of Ogden Nash, or the influential works of Walt Whitman, the father of free verse. Now during National Poetry Month, you can kick up your own poetry appreciation—and enjoyment—with poetry programs and more. Click below for more details.

Unlimited Possibilities in Poetry
Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m., Mandarin Branch LibraryCapture.PNG Poetry
Treat yourself to a live performance by Readers Theater featuring lyrical, narrative, dramatic, and spoken word.

Get your teens involved:

Jax Youth Poetry Slam & Open Mic during One Spark

Saturday, April 11, 1 – 5 p.m., Main Library, The Lounge at 303 North

Jax Youth Poetry Slam and Open Mic

Saturday, April 18, 2 – 5 p.m. Main Library, Teen Dept.

Readers’ Review: Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming

Wednesday, April 29, 11 a.m., WJCT 89.9FM

Tune in to NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show  and get to know author Jacqueline Woodson, who will be joining us at the Main Library this fall for a special event.  Check out a copy of her award-winning book—it’s written in free verse—at any library.

Test your Poetry IQ: Who’s America’s first poet?Anne Bradstreet book

anne bradstreetAnne Bradstreet, a puritan who wrote poems three centuries ago, is considered America’s first poet. Click here to read a poem to her husband. To read about her life, check out the book Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet by author Charlotte Gordon.

To meet more poets, click here for LitFinder, one of the library’s online sources for literature, with more than 140,000 full-text poems you can access online with your library card.


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