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No Time to Read Book Club

Calling all poetry lovers!

What is your favorite poem?  Your favorite poet?  Is there a poem you remember having to recite when you were in school? Although I am sure there were others, the one that sticks out in my memory was How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Are there any poems you can still recite from memory?

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration the No Time to Read Book Club will feature audio selections from The Classic Hundred Poems: All Time Favorites.

Join us as we listen to some of the poems of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, and more. But we are not limiting it to just Americans; come and listen to the works of other famous poets including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, and William Wordsworth.

You’ll also learn a little something about each poet.

If you like, bring your favorite quiet time activity to work on while you listen.  You can knit, crochet, color, and even balance your checkbook. Of course, you can always just sit and listen.

We will have a short discussion following the readings.  Participation in the discussion is purely optional!

In closing, I will leave you with one of the poems we will listen to that day.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Major Hillard Library

 

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!