National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Here at the Chesapeake Public Library, we’re ready to put our poet hats on. Want to join in on the fun? There are a couple ways you can do so.

Poetry Contest

Are you a budding poet? Working on your latest masterpiece? Submit to our poetry contest!

The contest is open to grades K through adult. Works can be submitted between now and April 15th at any Chesapeake branch (sorry, no online submissions will be accepted). The winners will be announced on April 30th.

The winners will have their poem published in the library’s Fall publication The Loop.

Rules and submission form can be found here.

Magnetic Poetry Challenge

Want to test your poetry skills on the fly? Stop by any Chesapeake branch, find the magnetic poetry board, and create your poem based on the week’s theme.

April 2nd-8th: Haiku

(A haiku is a poem of 17 syllables: one line of five; one of seven; and one of five)

April 9th-15th: Acrostic

(Acrostic is a type of poem in which certain letters in each line form a word or words; for this challenge we’ll have a specific word ready and you make the poem from its letters)

April 16th-22nd: Free Style

(Free style is just as it implies- a poem not restricted to normal rules of meter and rhyme)

April 23rd-30th: Shakespearean Insult-a-Thon

(Come up with creative insults using our Shakespearean magnetic poetry)

Let staff know when you’ve created your poem and we’ll take a picture to post on our social media.

Get involved this National Poetry Month with the Chesapeake Public Library!

Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Zelinsky book cover

Beginning to Love Reading

If you love books, something inspired that love along the way. Whether another person did, or a specific book did, something brought you to the point where you began to love books. And for those who had a slower descent into the love of reading, several books and people might have inspired it. For me, there was a single moment where I went from reading indifference to loving to read. Continue reading “Beginning to Love Reading”

Women’s History Month & Votes for Women

March is women’s history month.

In 2016, for the first time in American history, a woman, Hillary Clinton, was nominated as the Presidential candidate for a major American political party. Since the presidential election, more than 500 women have signed up nation-wide to run for political office.

As the saying goes, “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

In the 1820s and 30s most U. S. states had extended the right to vote to all white American males, regardless of property ownership or financial status. It would take women another 100 years to achieve that same status, thanks in large part to suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who fought for the right to vote.

Wyoming was the first state in America to offer women that right. In 1869 Wyoming was still a territory; it passed a law stating that any woman who had reached the age of 21 and resided in the territory may vote. Today it’s known as the “equality state.”

50 years later America caught up with Wyoming and granted all women the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920.

November 2nd of that year marked the first time that more than 8 million women across the United States voted in elections.

The fight for the ballot box was a hard fought battle for many women.

This month we acknowledge the accomplishments of all women, but especially those who fought so hard to allow women a voice in their government and an opportunity to have our voices heard at the ballot box.

The Chesapeake Public Library system has many books and movies on voting, voting rights, and famous American suffragists, available here. Check out books like:

A Voice of Our Own book cover The Woman's Hour book coverNot For Ourselves Alone book coverOne Woman, One Vote cover

Want to register to vote in Virginia or update your registration? Visit the Virginia Department of Elections at

Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: Women in Comics

March is Women’s History Month. All month long, we celebrate our heroines and the amazing women in our lives. Traditionally, comics has been seen as the purview of men, but women have always contributed in a variety of ways from creating to writing to editing to drawing to inking to everything in-between. The women of comics should not be underestimated. Enjoy the creators and characters with these titles:



Becky Cloonan                    Kelly Sue DeConnick                 Gail Simone


Noelle Stevenson                     Jill Thompson



Batgirl                                      Batwoman                             Harley Quinn


Ironheart                                     Jessica Jones                     Mockingbird


Ms. Marvel                                   Paper Girls                       Persepolis


Princess Jellyfish                              Silk                              Wonder Woman

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!