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Tahoe-Truckee Lib Loop: April is National Poetry Month

Betts Markle
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According to the American Academy of Poets, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996.

Along the way a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help were enlisted to support this endeavor.

Why was April chosen for National Poetry Month? In coordination with poets, booksellers, librarians, and teachers, we chose a month when poetry could be celebrated with the highest level of participation.

April seemed the best time within the year to turn attention toward the art of poetry—in an ultimate effort to encourage poetry readership year-round.

The goals of National Poetry Month include:

highlighting the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,

encouraging the reading of poems,

assisting teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,

encouraging increased publication and distribution of poetry books; and

encouraging support for poets and poetry.

Sierra Nevada College currently has a fabulous poetry center located in the Prim Library focusing on contemporary American poets since the time of the college’s founding in 1969. Over 3,000 poetry titles are available for checkout on the Poetry Center shelves.

Incline Village Library

April 6: 4 p.m. Bruka Theater presents Snow White Rose Red. Local actors include their audience in the live (and always hilarious) theatrical production of a classic Grimm’s fairytale.

April 9: 11 a.m. Seniors to Seniors. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help with your tech related questions. Bring your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device and learn something new.

Kings Beach Library

April 7: 2-3 p.m. Drop in Computer Help. Beginners encouraged! Email set-up, attaching photos, Facebook, and other simple tasks.

April 12: 10:30-11 a.m. Preschool Story Time celebrates National Library Week! Books, songs, felt board and a craft.

National Library Week: Runs April 10-16. Please come by and join in the celebration; design your own library card, create a YouTube video about your library, or make a journal.

Sierra Nevada College

April 8: 7-9 p.m. Writers in the Woods featuring Reno poet Lindsay Wilson. TCES 139-141.

April 9: 10 a.m. to noon. Craft workshop with Lindsay Wilson. TCES 139-141.

Truckee Library

Story Time Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time, for ages 18 months to 3 years.

Story Time Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Babes in Bookland, for ages 6 months to 2 years

Story Time Thursdays: 11:15 a.m. Preschool Stories, for ages 3 and up

Spanish Storytime: Last Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m. Bilingual stories for the whole family.

Betts Markle is Library Director at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Call 775-881-7511 for information.