Tweens

Below you will find a suggestions of crossover titles. Stories that are told in verse: not rhyming poems and not dense prose, these books live in their own category. Click on each title for description and availability.

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson.

Little cat's luck by Marion Dane Bauer
Also available in: e-book

A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

Maybe you're not feeling like a poem, but a nice fiction book about a poet sounds appealing. Try one of the following titles.

A poet's bird garden by Laura Nyman Montenegro

After Chirpie the bird escapes from her cage and flies into a tree, a group of poets decides that the best way to entice her down is to create a garden full of seeds, water, hiding places, and materials for building a nest.

The poet upstairs by Judith Ortiz Cofer

When a poet moves into the apartment above hers, young Juliana asks to meet her and together they write poems of tropical birds and a river that flows to the sea, typing out words that change the world, if only for a while.

From short rhymes to epic poems, we have a few graphic novels that feature a variety of poetry and poetic adaptations.

Presents fifty traditional nursery rhymes in comic book format, with illustrations by well-known cartoonists.

Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni

A graphic novel adaptation of the ancient Indian legend in which Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, forces his wife Sita to undergo an ordeal by fire to prove she is pure after she is abducted by Ravanna.

Explore our resources for instruction and inspiration for your poetry writing. More advanced titles can be found at the bottom of the list.

Photographs and text introduce techniques and tips for writing poetry inspired by pictures and images, discussing word choices, and examining layout, metaphores, and related topics.

Many books that hold poetry live on the nonfiction shelves between J808.81J811 and J821, but don't forget that poems live all over the library. Below are a few illustrated poems that require a little more exploration to find. While all are located within the Children's Department, they may have a wider appeal. Click on each title for location and availability information.

 

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to join two fireflies as they try to find each other among the many flashing firefly lights on a summer evening.

The land of nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young boy explores the magical dreamworld he goes to when he falls asleep.

Learn about real life poets and their work. The stories included below are roughly listed by increasing depth and complexity. While these books are located in the Children's Department, there is a strong possibility that they may appeal to a wider audience.

Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser

Offers an illustrated telling of the life of Maya Angelou that focuses on how she overcame childhood trauma and realized her dream and became one of the world's most beloved writers and speakers.

Presents the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer, focusing on his fascination with words from a young age and highlighting his poetry's inspirational properties.

May the 4th Celebration

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars AND Star Wars day with our May the 4th be With You Celebration. There will be Star Wars themed crafts, games, and coloring. Dress up as your favorite character and get your picture taken with a Star Wars guest. Drop in between 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and enjoy crafts while supplies last. 

For all ages, no registration.

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NPM Poster

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month and pick up an activity sheet at one of our reference desks during the month of April. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with favorite poets or introduce yourself to something new. Don't limit yourself to just April, though. Use our poetry suggestions below to enjoy poetry all year long.

Most poetry books can be found in the nonfiction shelves in the 800s - in the Children's, Teen, or Adult Collection. Other suggestions for exploring poetry are included below. 

 

 

Lego Bingo Challenge

The winners for the prize drawing are; Willy, Breanna, Rida, and Nishwarth. Thank you all who participated in the Lego Bingo Challenge! 

Come join us for two hours of creative play and building with our collection of Lego and Duplo Blocks. Participants can free play or complete our Lego Bingo Challenge.

The Lego Bingo Challenge

  • had three difficulty levels
  • can be completed individually or as a group
  • finish three challenges in a row or diagonally
  • turn in for a prize drawing*

 

For all ages, no registration required.

 

*One prize awarded per entry drawn. Winners will be contacted by phone or email. 

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Zeal's Incredible Free Build Domino Workshop

Few things are more addictive and entrancing than watching domino based chain reaction creations topple down.  This is an opportunity for new and/or experienced domino builders/chain-reaction enthusiasts to meet-up and build something together. 

This “free build” will start with a quick tutorial (introducing various types of basic domino structures) and then allow each participant to assemble their own creation with defined start and end points.  At the end of the building session, we will ensure connection between the various creations and then countdown to a sequential toppling of the connected creations.   Be sure to bring your cameras and capture the building and toppling moments.    

We will include a focus upon the STEM educational interplay with domino and chain reaction art, as the creation and toppling aspects of the event will help demonstrate how we can rely upon science, technology, engineering, and math to help us obtain a fun and fulfilling toppling experience. 

This program is designed for kids aged 9-17 years old. Registration is required and begins on March 24.

Dominos by Phillip Taylor is licensed under CC 2.0

 

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