It’s almost April, and that means it’s almost National Poetry Month! The purpose of this celebration is to highlight the fun and importance of poetry, and to encourage people to read and write poems all month long! We have multiple opportunities for you to do both reading and writing here in the Children’s Room. All this month we’ll be encouraging kids to write their own poems and post them in our Poetry Garden: Additionally, we’ve got a great rotating display of poetry books. Take a few home to enjoy with your kids–children are natural poets and LOVE silly juxtapositions, wacky rhymes, and clever wordplay. They also love it when you read poems (or sing songs and rhymes) with them! One of our goals is to encourage family literacy, and displays like this are a part of the many ways we do it. You can also celebrate this awesome month with us, at Miss Nicole’s “Artsy Fartsy Poetry” program! This Thursday (April 2nd) at 3:30pm we’ll be writing poems together using some really cool wordless picture books. If you’ve never read one of these books you’ll definitely want to come check this program out–the art is amazing, and the books encourage children and adults to use their imaginations and interpret the books in their own unique way. Check out this great article from School Library Journal about the benefits of adding wordless picture books to your reading diet! Finally, there’s a haiku project going on upstairs, and we’d love for all of our patrons to join in! The librarians in Derry have been busily writing pet haikus, and now we want yours. 🙂 You can write them on our Facebook page, or jot them down and give them to us at the desk. The beauty of poetry is that it’s for everyone–it doesn’t have to rhyme, it doesn’t need to follow rules, and it doesn’t need to be fancy. Let National Poetry Month inspire you to try your hand at writing your own!