Unfortunately, due to lack of registration, the poetry reading by Claudia Coutu Radmore scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th....is cancelled.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to reschedule this event for the future!
Is there anything more wonderful that this? This little three year old (he’s probably all of four, now), reciting the poem “Litany” by Billy Collins. Did I mention it was completely by heart, and with feeling? According to his mom, he just loves poetry and loves to memorize.
Listen to the entire thing. It will bring your day to a halt, a smile to your face and a light to your heart.
Poetry can be difficult enough to write, but how about a little help from a book? No, not a poetry lesson book, but an actual book cover. It’s called Book Spine Poetry and all it takes is a few books, a little creativity and a camera. Just choose your books, line them up and voila…poetry!
In the US, April is National Poetry Month and the creative actions behind Michigan librarian Travis Jonker has produced tons of great examples and ideas at his blog called 100scopenotes.
It’s a great idea to use with kids on a rainy afternoon or just something fun to try yourself with the books on your own bookshelf. Even if it isn’t National Poetry Month, you can always do with a little creative boost. And don’t forget, it doesn’t have to rhyme!
(If the link above doesn’t seem to be working…you can visit her website and watch the video there!) Check out Sarah Kay and her website Project V.O.I.C.E. here. Poetry rocks!
It’s March Break and we’ve got lots going on at the library this week. Don’t be surprised if you see hoards of people when you come in….we have programs running while the library is closed. And Monday started off with a bang! It was a Slam Poetry event with Danielle Gregoire.
What’s slam poetry? Basically, it’s a performance aspect added to the written word. People write poems that inspire them to get up and perform and Danielle came in to show some of our young attendees just what it was all about. Here she is (above) starting off with a group poem about McDonald’s.
While everyone started together, eventually Danielle got them into the spirit of writing and performing their own poems. Before each person began, the “audience” welcomed them to the stage with a starting countdown and cheer. Here’s our group (above) getting ready.
The poems were varied and humorous and I was surprised at how well each young person performed! They talked about things like cheese, Florida, St. Patrick’s Day and rain boots, and no one went home feeling like they hadn’t learned something. It was a great morning and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did watching! A big thank you to Pauline Fitchett at Arts Carleton Place for arranging everything, and to Danielle Gregoire for her expertise. Maybe you’ll get inspired to try some slam poetry of your own!