National Poetry Month: Celebrate at the Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month at San Mateo County Libraries throughout April. Initially started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, opens a new window, it “reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.”

Poetry is a favored artistic form to many.
The imagination sores whenever poems are read.
Every letter, word, character and punctuation,
written or not written,
holding the weight of deeper meaning
--or sometimes they hold no meaning at all,
which within itself,
holds meaning beyond words.

Poetry Events & Activities

Looking for ways the whole family can celebrate National Poetry Month? Check out these upcoming events in April.

From Sonnets to Satellites: Fostering Makers Through STEAM
Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 PM
Register, opens a new window to join San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Rosenberg as we explore the A in STEAM by looking at poetry as a powerful laboratory for the process of making.

Virtual Poetry Night Featuring Aileen Cassinetto
Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 PM
Let us recognize the power of poetry and its value. Join us virtually in celebrating April’s National Poetry Month, featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, opens a new window. It is hosted by Belmont Poet Laureate Monica Korde.

Poetry Month Contest and Celebration
Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM at Belmont Library
This year, Belmont's annual poetry contest returns! Poets in San Mateo County of all ages are welcome and encouraged to share their talents with the community and participate in the celebration of National Poetry Month! Submit your poem here, opens a new window by March 31 to enter.

Poetry Walk at Woodside Library
Take a stroll through the Woodside Library’s Garden for their Poetry Walk throughout April.

Poetry Take and Make
From April 18-22, we’ll have a Poetry Take and Make Kit. Create blackout poetry or collage poems at home with the kits from your library. Watch this video, opens a new window on how to make blackout poetry. Find inspiration with some of our library staff’s favorite poetry books.

April Take and Make: Celebrate Poetry

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Our April Take and Make celebrates all things poetry! Make your poems with words from old book pages. Find inspiration with the books here!






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