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Apr 03

Celebrate National Poetry Month With the Frank L. Weyenberg Library!

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM by Craig Jacobson

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As April begins, we have several programs at the library that celebrate the written word through poetry.

maxgarland.jpgFirst, the 2014 Fine Art Series sponsored by the Weyenberg Public Library Foundation continues our second event of the year.  Max Garland of Eau Claire is the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014 and our Communities Read author for 2014.  Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. His first collection, The Postal Confessions, earned him the prestigious Juniper Prize for Poetry. Garland chronicles his years carrying the mail in a classic American voice, discovering deeply felt significance within everyday experiences often drawn from the lives of the folks who lived on his rural mail route.  As Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Garland hopes to “reach out to those who may feel alienated from the world of poetry (or art), and yet have deeply felt experiences to record and honor…. [P]oetry is still a means of expression open to everyone.  It’s one of those things that’s just too important to be left to experts.” Join us on April 10th at 6:30pm; this event is free of charge and open to the public. 

poetrycontestlogo.jpgThroughout the month of April, teens are encouraged to submit up to two poems for the Weyenberg Library Teen Poetry Contest.  Visit the library’s gallery space in May to view submissions and vote for your People’s Choice Award Winner.  Guidelines for entries are located at http://www.flwlib.org/index.aspx?nid=159.  We look forward to sharing the creativity of our community’s young adults.

On April 24th, carry a “Poem in Your Pocket” to share at the library and around the community.  The library staff is excited to share a favorite poem with patrons and we look forward to seeing what you have to share with us.  To learn more about Poem in Your Pocket day and how you can participate in your community, visit www.poets.org.


Just in time for National Poetry Month, the Juvenile Non-fiction collection has some great new titles to explore and share.  A new series of books by Jill Kalz highlight a variety of subjects and encourage children to try their hand at writing a bit of poetry themselves.  Follow the links to locate them at your library today: Pucks, Clubs, and Baseball Gloves , Thorns, Horns, and Crescent Moons, Tickles, Pickles, and Floofing Persnickles, and Trust, Truth, and Ridiculous Goofs.  Also new to our collection are Pug and Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth, Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and Poems To Learn by Heart selected by Caroline Kennedy.  In addition to these new titles, you will find a variety of children’s poetry collections at call number 811 in the Juvenile Non-fiction area.

Young or old, there is something for everyone at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library this April.  We look forward to seeing you!