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 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