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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Join the largest literary celebration in the world as we celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture.



Poetry Writing Workshop

Come out to celebrate National Poetry Month and learn to write poetry – yes, you! Hope at Hand will guide you to bring out your inner poet – no writing experience necessary! The program is for tweens, teens and adults. Free and open to the public. Poetry1 JPL50

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Willowbranch Poetry Festival

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Willowbranch Library! Poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited to read their favorite poems, written by themselves or other poets. If you would like to sign up to read poetry, contact Alison McCarty at 904.381.8490.

Poetry1 and JPL50

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Poetry Month Open Mic Night

Are you a closet poet? Do you dream of others hearing your poems?
Wait, you aren't a poet, but love reading the works of others? We have an opportunity for you, too.
This event is your chance to express yourself.
Come celebrate the wonders of poetry on April 27th @ 6:00PM
Poems must be "PG."


Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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It's a Poetry Jam!

Jump into some poetry as we read and learn about different types of poetry. Then we will write our own poems and read them at our mini poetry jam. For children ages 5-12.Poetry1

Friday, April 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket

Jump into some poetry with us as we read short poems. Then we will learn about a particular form of poetry, cinquains, and write our own. We will wrap up this program by having our own mini poetry slam! For children ages 5-12.

Friday, April 28, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

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STEAM explorers: What’s a Prelutsky?

Explore all things Prelutsky in this celebration of National Poetry Month. We’ll learn more about the acclaimed poet through fun activities that will bring out the writer in all of us!
For children ages 5-12.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

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