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Celebrating National Poetry Month

Celebrating National Poetry Month

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National Poetry Month

About National Poetry Month

This April, celebrate the expressiveness, delight, and charm of poetry. Explore rhymes, free verses, haikus, sonnets, and everything in between.

National Poetry Month was introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and is a reminder that poetry matters. It helps us appreciate the world around us and empathize with one another.

We are celebrating all month long with programming for all ages—including Blackout Poetry and an interview with Steven Reigns, West Hollywood’s first Poet Laureate—recommended book titles, and videos on our YouTube channel highlighting a different poet each week.

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In-Person Programming

Registration opens one week prior to the program date.

Tuesday, April 5, 4 pm
Blackout Poetry
South Whittier Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to create your own blackout poetry using pages from damaged books and markers. For ages 13 – 17.
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Tuesday, April 5, 4 pm
Blackout Poetry
Quartz Hill Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to create your own blackout poetry using pages from damaged books and markers. For ages 13 – 17.
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Saturday, April 9, 4 pm
Blackout Poetry
Agoura Hills Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to create your own blackout poetry using pages from damaged books and markers. For ages 13 – 17.
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Tuesday, April 12, 4 pm
Blackout Poetry
Castaic Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to create your own blackout poetry using pages from damaged books and markers. For ages 13 – 17.
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Wednesday, April 13, 3:30 pm
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Book Party
San Gabriel Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month with fun activities based on the popular and zany works of poet Shel Silverstein. For ages 6 – 12 with parent or caregiver.
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Wednesday, April 20, 4 pm
Renaissance Masks
Lancaster Library
William Shakespeare used masks as a plot device to disguise his actors as a way to explore the human condition. So join us in creating a unique mask that conveys emotion, gender association, or a kooky disguise to fool your friends. Ages 12-17.
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Thursday, April 28, 3:30 pm
Blackout Poetry
Malibu Library
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to create your own blackout poetry using pages from damaged books and markers. For ages 13 – 17.
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Virtual Programming

Wednesday, April 27, 7 pm
Queer Poetry with Steven Reigns
An interview and reading with West Hollywood’s first Poet Laureate.
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Friday, April 29, 11 am
Smarty Pants Storytime: National Poetry Month
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun in this special storytime celebrating National Poetry Month! For kids ages 2 – 5 with their parent or caregiver.
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