Wednesday, March 22, 2017
National Poetry Month in Your Library
April is such a fun month to be a school librarian. Unfortunately, I recently had spinal surgery and will miss out on my favorite April celebration-National Poetry Month/Poem In Your Pocket Day! Stuck at home healing I started going back through my blog posts and was shocked to realize I never wrote about what we did in our library last year for National Poetry Month/Poem In Your Pocket Day. Shocked because what we did was EPIC and lots of fun!
I wasn't very pleased with the display itself, but, thanks to Jennifer Lagarde's Six Tips for Building Book Displays That Matter, I felt that how fancy or Pinterest perfect the display was or was not didn't matter as much as the content of the display itself.
Within the display itself I had examples of different types of poetry as well as poetry books displayed. The display was set up to be interactive and give students ideas of types of poems they could write and submit for our National Poetry Month contest.
Some of the poetry on display included Book Spine Poetry, Haikus, Blackout Poetry, Acrostics, Social Media Poetry (using SnapChat, Twitter, and/or Instagram), and Magnetic Poetry. We even had a link to Goth-O-Matic, a poetry generator for the Goth in you!
We also had our 3D Printer up and running all month long making Spiral Poetry Bracelets which were a big hit!
The last week of April we sent out a Google Form with the various original poems students had submitted. Our winner received a "major award".... the leg lamp from A Christmas Story printed on our 3D Printer!
To stay on top of all the cool things you can celebrate in your library each month be sure to check out this great calendar created by Shannon Miller: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L3sraee-1sYbMxbMzjIslUsGJsRQcdvUyVSbr66QK04/edit#heading=h.savfej81l6k5
Below is a slide show of pictures taken during National Poetry Month/Poem In Your Pocket Day last school year.
I'd love to learn how you celebrate National Poetry Month/Poem In Your Pocket Day at your school!