SHS Library Closures: week of 4/25/2022

  • Wednesday, April 27th: Library will be CLOSED for STAMP testing for periods 2, 4, and 6.  Library will be closing early at 12:40PM.
  • Thursday, April 28th: CLOSED for STAMP testing  scheduled for 3rd period. Library will also be closing early today at 3pm! 

April marks the month where we celebrate the importance of poetry in our lives. National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to bring about awareness and appreciation of this genre. Some of the goals include reading poems, writing poems, and more. As the celebration grows year after year, more resources become available to help people explore and promote poetry. How will you celebrate it?

In case you’re unsure where to start, here are 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, one for each day of the month. We hope the suggestions are helpful to discover the poet inside of you!

30 Ideas to Celebrate National Poetry Month

  1. Write poetry each day
  2. Staged: Act out a poem
  3. Poetry By Heart: Memorize a poem
  4. Become a Romantic: Write seasonal poetry
  5. Poiku: Create a Pop Haiku (with examples)
  6. Try performance poetry!
  7. Explore a new form!
  8. Practice Poetic Gift Giving Give a poem as a gift to friends and family
  9. Read aloud poetry to a child
  10. (Re)Discover famous poets
  11. Be an Inventor: Invent a new poetry form
  12. Wake Up with Poetry! Start each day by reading a poem.
  13. Learn how to write an Acrostic Poem
  14. Pictspiration! Try photo-inspired poetry
  15. Create poetic art! Create art from a poem
  16. Build an inspiration jar. Keep a jar of words, phrases, ideas, poetry forms. When you want to write but don’t have an idea, pull a slip from the jar and be inspired by it.
  17. Pocket A Poem! Tips for Poem in your Pocket Day
  18. Recite poetry to a pet: Inflection & Projection
  19. Create a book spine poem
  20. Read a poem backward
  21. Set up an event at your library for people to read aloud their favorite poems
  22. Write a Haiku
  23. Introduce children to poetry using games
  24. More Poetry and Pets: Posture & Movement
  25. Turn your favorite movie into a villanelle by writing a Hollywood Villanelle
  26. Write a structured poem
  27. Pick up color swatches from a hardware store and write a color poem, using each new shade as a different line
  28. Cut out words from a newspaper or magazine and arrange them to create a found poem
  29. Write a concrete poem (a poem in the shape of the poem’s topic)
  30. Submit one of your poems to be considered for publication on Family Friend Poems

Bonus Ideas

  • Read a new book of poetry
  • Listen to a poet read aloud his or her poetry
  • Read poems about spring
  • Read short poems by our favorite Instagram poets

View our National Poetry Month Resource List in Destiny, our online catalog, to see which poetry materials we have available.

FREE Summer Audiobooks for Teens coming soon! View flyer for details here.

Happy reading! 

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.