Library Celebrates Poetry Month

HARDWICK – Jeudevine Library will be having two programs to celebrate National Poetry Month: creating a community crowd-sourced poem and an open-mic poetry share.

The community crowd-sourced poem will be created by everyone who is willing to send a sentence (or two) to the library on the subject of “new beginnings.” Inspired by author Kwame Alexander’s crowd-sourced poems for National Public Radio, the library is going to write a community poem. People of all ages, from children to seniors, are encouraged to contribute.

The crowd-sourced community poem will be published on the library’s website during National Poetry Month in April. Contributions are due by Friday, April 16. Submissions may be emailed to jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org with the subject: Beginning; mailed to the library at PO Box 536; or dropped off into the library book return in an envelope with the word Beginning.

Contributors will be recognized by name unless anonymity is requested.

The open-mic poetry share will be held on William Shakespeare’s birthday Friday, April 23, at 5:15 p.m., at the Atkins Field Pavilion.

For those who wish to read a poem, call or email the library to get on the list. Everyone who wants to read will read.

The share will take place rain or shine and participants should bring a chair. The event is open to all ages.For information call 472-5948 or email jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org.