Do you share poems at your story time? Is your story time loud and interactive?
Margarita Engle is the new Young People’s Poet Laureate! But what is the Young People’s Poet Laureate? How can you get the word out to librarians, teachers and children of all ages?
I stood in the middle of our Children’s Services department on an early April afternoon and read poetry to a group of kids and their grownups. They were spattered around on the floor under our reading tower and perched in the top. Listening.
Are you ready? It’s time….to play….Name that Animal! (Game show voice)
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…
I’m ready for school! Singing the song, “Going back to Cali” by LL Cool J but I changed the words …”going back to school, to school, to school” and “I’m ready!” I have a jar pencils, a rolled up map of school books and four school poems to yell out. I’m ready for school open house nights!
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe,— Sailed on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew. We all know this Eugene Field poem, don’t we? The rhythmic rocking of this language does a great job taking us back to when we first heard it, read it, maybe even memorized it.
Do you have poems swirling in your head? Do you have one poem memorized that you share every day with someone new in the library? Do you dress up during poetry month? Have you created a poetree display? There are so many amazing fun things to do during poetry month! This year, I switched up my school visits a bit and added a poetry timeline. The poetry timeline works great with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Below are two options for adding poems to your timeline-Movement: Day 1 and Historical Events. Historical Events Poetry Timeline: Before your school visit, create your poetry timeline on a huge piece of colorful paper using makers or paint. Select a series of interactive poems that match up with a specific date. For example, Velcro by Maria Fleming invented in 1955. Start with a really really early date and end with 2016. Add between 7-12 poems with a…