Siouxland Libraries Feature Multiple Events to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Siouxland Libraries will be part of the largest literary celebration in the world, joining schools, publishers, booksellers, and poets in celebration of poetry’s vital place in our culture. Poetrypalooza events include the following:

Funny Punny Day
Knock, knock. Who’s there? You! Storytime at 10:30 a.m. followed by fun(ny)-filled crafts and activities. Prairie West Branch (7630 West 26th Street), Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Shakespeare Poetry Contest for Teens and Adults
Pick up a brochure at any branch for details. Entries can be submitted through April 9.

Poetry and Limerick Contest for Children and Teens
Entries should be returned to the Brandon Community Library (305 South Splitrock Boulevard) by April 15. The winning entry will be published in the Brandon Valley Challenger.

Poetry Reading by Dr. Kevin Cole
The University of Sioux Falls professor will read from his recently released book, Late Summer Plums, and talk about his creative process. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue), Thursday, April 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Third Annual Poetry Slam @ Coffea Downtown
Come to listen or register to read your original work. Register at siouxlandlib.org or by calling 367-8700. Coffea (200 South Phillips Avenue), Friday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

Preschool Poetry Storytime
For children ages 3 to 5. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue), Monday, April 10, 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. and 1 to 1:35 p.m.

P.W.P.D.—Page to Screen: Poetry Month
Discover how poetry made its way from the written page to the screen. Then write a poem or create blackout poetry to hang on the Poet Tree! Grades 4 to 8. Prairie West Branch Library (7630 West 26th Street), Tuesday, April 11, 4:15 to 5 p.m.

Blackout Poetry for Teens
Express yourself by creating poetry from discarded book pages. Caille Branch Library (4100 South Carnegie Circle), Thursday, April 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading with Dakota Women Poets
A poetry reading by the Dakota Women Poets will be followed by a Q&A. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue), Thursday, April 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Fun Friday: Poetry in Action
Awaken creativity with poems and activities. Grades K to 5. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue), Friday, April 21, 4 to 5 p.m.

Siouxland Shakespearience: Tea with the Bard
Enjoy a free performance by the Bare Bodkins Theatre Company. Then, test your knowledge of the playwright’s work, brush up on your insult skills, and enjoy refreshments. Registration required (367-8060), Oak View Branch Library (3700 East Third Street), Sunday, April 23, 2 to 4 p.m.

Poet Tree
Enjoy reading some poetry or write a poem to add to the tree. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue).

Magnetic Poetry
Try your hand at creating poetry with magnetic words. Caille Branch Library (4100 South Carnegie Circle) and Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue).

Random Acts of Poetry
Look for poetry posted throughout the building during April. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue).

Poetry Baskets
Take a poem and enjoy reading poems for Poetry Month, Caille Branch Library (4100 South Carnegie Circle) and Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue).

Cut Up Poetry for Teens
Create a poem using words clipped from books and magazines. Downtown Library (200 North Dakota Avenue).

Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month began in 1996.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605 367 8745 or humanrelations@siouxfalls.org at least 72 hours before the event.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries at 367-8700 or visit www.siouxlandlib.org.