This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, and so it allowed me to finally do a couple of events I've been looking for an excuse to do for quite some time! I scoured Pinterest and the National Poetry Month website for ideas on how to celebrate, and I finally got everything set up in our library.
As a preface, this past week I finally finished the freshman health research projects, and every year after those projects, we start to get into our slow month of April before the craziness hits again with the end of the year. Therefore, I knew I wanted to create some events to celebrate that would create some foot traffic. While being slow is nice sometimes, I like to keep busy.
Immediately once I put the display up, students started looking at it. Our more "frequent flyers" immediately started to fill out some poems and hung them up! Despite the immediate pull of the display, I knew I was going to need to do more than just put the display up and hope that students would participate. I wanted to fill the library with original poetry.
So I invited English teachers over. It was the perfect time! April is a slow month for us, and the back computer lab is being redone. So it was the perfect time to book some English classes to come in, take a break from "the grind," and make some poetry! In the first hour after I sent out the invitation to the students, I already had 4 English teachers booked with their classes. I'm looking forward to hanging up all the poetry all over the library! I hung up string all over the library across the fiction shelves, along the back non-fiction shelves, and around the computer kiosks. Then I bought a ton of clothespins at the Dollar Store along with some tablecloths to put down on tables when students complete the poetry in order to make sure our tables stayed in good shape. More pictures to come in a week or so!
More often than not though, my TA's like to participate in these types of events to help me promote our events. In the end, I set up an assignment in Google Classroom where I asked them to participate in Blackout Poetry and Book Spine Poetry and attach a picture of both of their poems.
The Poetry Slam is coming up on this Friday and many of our English classes are in the middle of studying poetry as well! Sometimes things are mean to be. . . . . .
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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