Poetry and more

This year marks the 29th year of my library system’s annual poetry contest for kids. I love that this writing tradition has continued for so long and that kids and teachers still enjoy it. Below are a few other writing program ideas I’ve seen or read about going on in libraries.  I’ve added some book suggestions from the experts when applicable. I think the library is a great place for kids to experience writing for fun and hope one of these suggestions gets you excited to try something new. Start a writing club for kids. Use Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos as a group read and journal starter. It is pure fun. If you are part of the CSLP, which has the Libraries Rock theme, coloring journals in the catalog are only $1.25 – a cost effective way to promote…

Tween Poetry Writing Camp

Today is the first day of National Poetry Month! Whether you’ve been sharing poems all year at story time, interactive poetry at schools or introducing new poetry books  to library customers, April is the perfect month to try something new! In January, I had a wonderful opportunity to observe a Tween Writing Camp, a new library program created by April Witteveen, Community Librarian at the Downtown Bend Branch at Deschutes Public Library.   The camp was one of the best Tween programs I’ve seen all year.   It was extremely well organized, filled with enthusiasm and so many creative stories.  Tweens were excited about writing – sharing their stories after each writing activity, working together on stories and talking about favorite books.   I knew right away I wanted to try a Tween Poetry Writing Camp at the Sisters Branch in April for National Poetry Month.  April shared her camp structure…