Poem in Your Pocket Day 2009 is almost here! What is Poem in Your Pocket Day?
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 30, 2009. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.
We will be celebrating in The Unquiet Library with poetry readings and free poems for everyone! Today we hung the first clothesline of poetry—check out the slideshow above. More clotheslines full of poems for your pockets are coming next week—stay tuned! Many thanks to Mr. Jason Hubbard for helping me hang the clothesline since I am vertically challenged!
Many thanks to Kenyon College for the idea and for letting me borrow it!
One of my favorite months of the year is April because it is National Poetry Month! We celebrated poetry in many ways last year in our media center with special book displays, posters of student poems, student poetry podcasts, a guest poet, and of course, Poem in Your Pocket Day! Read more about how I celebrated this day last year in my media center.
National Poem in Your Pocket Day will be Thursday, April 30, 2009 this year! Now is the time to start planning for this date and your National Poetry Month 2009 festivities! Please consider adding your photos for this day to the Flickr Group, Poem in Your Pocket. You will also want to check out how the Academy of American Poets celebrated this day last year in New York City.
You can visit the home page of National Poetry Month at http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41. Be sure to check out the Teacher Resource page and Librarian Resource page for super ideas on ways to integrate poetry into your program and celebration activities. You will also want to check out the resource page for organizing a poetry read-a-thon—this is an activity I am planning on this year for my library!
The Unquiet Library celebrated National Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 17! We created “pockets” of poems throughout our media center where our patrons can go and get a poem to read for fun! We also gave each English teacher a pocket of poems for his or her classroom to help students celebrate this event of sharing poems.
You can come by the library and get poems for your pockets for the rest of the month! Please stop by the media center and browse our pockets of poems, which are a terrific mix of classic, modern, and student written poems! Several of our pocket poems were written by Creekview’s finest! :-)
Happy poem reading!