At Fairfax County Public Library, we celebrated National Poetry Month (April) in many fun ways.
Tysons-Pimmit Library hosted a “Name That Poet” contest. One lucky customer will receive a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble for naming all poets correctly. How many can you identify?
Tysons' staff also broadcasted recordings of poets reading their own poems through the speaker system or showed visual poetry clips on their digital display (Billy Collins's animated poetry or Motion Poems for example).
Patrick Henry Library offered “poems for your pocket” – portable, takeaway poems. Each day at closing, staff read a poem aloud instead of playing the customary closing music. Children's poems, Housman, Eliot, Niki Giovanni - something for everyone and an illustration of how poetry speaks in diverse voices to diverse audiences.
At Oakton Library, young budding poets had a chance to create their own lines or copy standard classics onto leaves. Pasted onto a branch, they form a "Poetree".
At Richard Byrd Library, staff created spine poems for teens - books stacked so that the title on the spines create poetic messages. Young poets got the chance to share their favorite poems at a well-attended Poetry Slam Café.
Find poetry books in our catalog here. Or link to the American Academy of Poets, who've sponsored the month's activities since 1996 and provide access to a wealth of poems on their website. Poetry month may be ending this week, but it’s always a good time to ponder a good verse.
-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library; Rene Costello, Oakton Library; Vicki Corcoran & Delia Ullbert, Richard Byrd Library; and Vlad Shutov, Tysons-Pimmit Library