April is National Poetry Month and Shreve Memorial Library invites the public to join poets, poet enthusiasts, and poetry lovers nation-wide in celebration. The purpose of the National Poetry Month is to mark the importance of poetry in our lives and to remember the great poets who created it.
Organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month started in 1996 as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The celebration takes place each April. The Academy of American Poets also provides free educational resources to libraries and schools for classroom celebrations and public activities.
Shreve Memorial Library branch staff will create book spine poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Book spine poetry is created by stacking book titles to form a poem. The book spine poetry will be displayed in the branches and on the library’s social media pages. Patrons are encouraged to do the same and create, photograph and share their book spine poetry online by tagging @shrevememorial on social media.
In addition, everyone is encouraged to read, write and recite poetry using library resources. To find poetry, or books on how to write poetry, visit your neighborhood branch or use Shreve Memorial Library online resources. Hoopla not only offers movies, music, comics, and TV shows, but users may access poetry through Hoopla’s collection. Audiobooks and eBooks are available with titles such as What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte, What the Road Said by Cleo Wade, and Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman on the site. EBook titles include Home Body by Rupi Kaur, Year of the Buzz I and II by Anne Shawn and many more. Children’s audiobooks and eBook titles are also available.
Visit your library in-person or virtually and enjoy National Poetry Month. The public is also invite to visit the library’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel for a virtual poetry reading by a local poet. There is something for everyone. To learn more about National Poetry Month at Shreve Memorial Library and information on other library programs, please visit www.shreve-lib.org.