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!

Black History Month – February 2018

This year, during Black History Month, Chesapeake residents can find out all about the life of Frederick Douglass – writer, orator and abolitionist.  Presented by Nathan R. Richardson, the program Frederick Douglass Live! will be held at four library branches.

     Greenbrier             Sat Feb 3rd          2:00pm-3:00pm

    South Norfolk       Wed Feb 7th     6:30pm-7:30pm

     Major Hillard        Sat Feb 24th      2:00pm-3:00pm

     Indian River          Wed Feb 28th   6:30pm-7:30pm

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BOB Book Winner 2018-Mystery

 

Written like a play in three acts, The Capybara Conspiracy by Erica S. Perl follows what happens when Olive and Renaldo kidnap their school’s mascot – a capybara.  These Drama Club members are frustrated with the preferential treatment that athletic programs receive at Farley Middle School.  Holding Cappy -the Capybara– for ransom as a protest seemed like a good idea at first, but soon everything goes wrong.

 

 

GET SOME EXCERTS HERE.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Reviewing Looking for Alaska is relevant for two reasons. The first is that John Green has a new book coming out next month called Turtles All the Way Down. [His older books are likely receiving a resurgence in popularity because of Turtles All the Way Down.] It’s also Banned Books Week in the U.S., and Looking for Alaska is a frequently challenged book as reported by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. It made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, with the book taking the number one spot in 2015.

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Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week across the country. Check out any of our CPL locations for a display in recognition of the holiday!

What is Banned Books Week? It’s a week to celebrate the freedom to read. This year it begins Sept. 24 and ends Sept. 30.

Libraries, schools and more use Banned Books Week as an opportunity to spotlight frequently challenged and/or banned books, and speak out about the dangers of censoring. The Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges in 2016. [That’s 48 more than in 2015.] Reasons for challenging (requesting the removal of a book in a library), and then consequently banning (removing the book from a library), change over the years. Continue reading “Banned Books Week”