All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

National Poetry Month

March 30, 2022 | By: Communications Staff

April is National Poetry Month

Writing poetry offers an opportunity to connect with the stories of our lives. Poetry also increases feelings of confidence, capability, and creativity, and is an effective technique to cope with stress and increased emotional regulation.

See all of the opportunities to write, read, and hear poetry this month:

Poetry Events

Spill the Ink Poetry Contest

Submissions accepted April 1-22
Celebratory reading Friday, April 29.

Spill the ink & share your story! Winning writers will receive a prize and have their poems displayed in Main Library. A live reading, featuring poet Pam Blair from The Poetry Den and an open mic will follow the presentation; all are welcome! Submit poems here or with printable form below:


Community Poet-Tree

April 1-30
Lakeville & North Liberty Branches

Share your voice by adding a piece of your writing to our month-long poetry living art installation. Topic: What does social justice mean to you?


Young Writer’s Workshop: Poetry with Lori

Tuesday, April 5, 6PM
Main Library, Teen Room

Enjoy a fun evening of pizza and poetry with poet Lori Caskey-Sigety!


Enhancing Your Writing Skills

Tuesdays, 6PM | April 5, 12, 19, 26
Main Library, Classroom B

Get a feel for how to outline your stories to begin bringing them to life with expert teachers from Notre Dame’s Creative Writing graduate program.


Versos y Poemas/Spanish Poetry

Thursday, April 7, 5:30PM
Western Branch

Enjoy beautiful poetry readings in this introduction to Spanish poetry for adults and children. Poet John Homan will read in Spanish and there will be handouts with the poems translated in English.


Rhyme Time

Monday, April 11, 4PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month by listening to stories that rhyme and trying out some rhyming activities.


Black Out Poetry Workshop

Thursday, April 14, 5PM
Tutt Branch

Express yourself through a black out poetry workshop and reading. Supplies and refreshments provided.


Change Sings

Tuesday, April 19, 4PM
Main Library, Community Learning Center

Join your voice with ours for a dramatic reading and performance of the lyrical picture book Change Sings by Amanda Gorman. A family sing-a-long with musicians from The Music Village will follow.


Poetry Reading and Workshop

Tuesday, April 19, 4PM
Francis Branch

Poet Lori Caskey-Sigety will read works from her latest collection, Home, and will lead a poetry workshop. An opportunity will be given for poets to share their own poetry.


Poetry’s Greatest Hits

Tuesday, April 26, 6PM
River Park Branch

The Acting Ensemble reads ‘poetry’s greatest hits’ outstanding poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month


Getting Your Poetry Published

Thursday, April 28, 6:30PM
Main Library, Classroom B

Join a discussion with local poets as they share stories of their experiences with the publishing process.


Poetry Reading at Potato Creek State Park

Saturday, April 30, 3PM
Potato Creek State Park

Share your poetry with the community by joining Lakeville and North Liberty Branches at Potato Creek State Park for a public reading and a poet-tree planting. Admission to the park is free with a library card.

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