April is National Poetry Month and Providence Community Library is planning four weeks of activities that will appeal to adults, families, and children alike. Check the PCL calendar for the schedule, which includes poetry reading by community members, adult poetry prompts for each weekend and a poetry bingo card event for families.
Additionally, we've created bilingual, grab-and-go poetry bags for children ages 6-12, filled with poetry activities to complete at home. There are two different bags: the first will be available April 5-16 and the second from April 19-30. Pick up at any PCL location, while stocks last!
On three Poetry Wednesdays, storyteller Diane Postoian (pictured below) will read or perform a short poem for young children at 1:00 p.m. on the PCL YouTube Channel. Featured poems are The Library by Barbara Huff, The Termite, by Ogden Nash and Every Time I Climb a Tree by David McCord. As an arts educator, performer and former Executive and Artistic Director of Looking Glass Touring Theater for Young Audiences, Diane has scripted dozens of children's prose and poetry books, bringing plays to hundreds of schools throughout New England.
On Wednesday, April 14th at 9:30am on Zoom, feel free to join us for a virtual Community Poetry Reading for Social Justice and Equality program featuring poetry inspired by this year's Reading Across Rhode Island book Stamped, and including recitations from celebrated local poets A. H. Jerriod Avant, April Brown, Tina Cane, Tyler Cordeiro, Halima Ibrahim, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
We'll add more information about our National Poetry Month activities in the coming days, so check back often!