Monday, March 8, 2010

Favorite Poem Project @ Cherry Hills Library

Are you ready for National Poetry Month in April? Here at the library, we are already gearing up for our annual celebration of poetry. Right now, we are accepting submissions for a 'Favorite Poems Project' display. The Favorite Poems Project, 'Americans saying poems they love', was created in 1997 by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Visit the Project's website to see videos of folks from all walks of life sharing their favorite poems & what they mean to them. The library system has 2 of Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project anthologies, Poems to Read & Americans' Favorite Poems.

To participate in the display, please bring your favorite published poem and a brief explanation of what it means to you (signed with your first name) to the Cherry Hills Library Information Desk by March 26, 2010 or email it to with 'Favorite Poem Project' in the subject line. We will display your chosen poem and your explanation in the library during the month of April.

Also watch in April for poetry programs for children & adults, including our Poetry Circle, a poetry discussion group, & Rhyme Time: Poetry Storytime.

For more Poetry Month info, including Poetry in Your Pocket Day, Poem-A-Day emails, & suggestions for celebrating poetry all month long, check out is a great poetry resource all year round, including lists of poems for every occasion & a 'Poetry Map' that lists poets of your state, your state's poetic history, & local poetry-friendly bookstores. You can even create on online notebook of your favorite poems!

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Anonymous said...

April is National Poetry Month. The 3rd Annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest Challenges Kids to Write Sonnets to Spaniels, Prose for Persian Cats

Colorado Springs, CO (March1, 2010) –April marks the 14th anniversary of National Poetry Month.
To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 3rd annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest ( To enter, children ages 5-12 are to write a poem to, and provide a photo of, their favorite animal friend. The contest is co-sponsored by kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me at the Corner ( and Flashlight Press ( ).

Original poems of any length may be submitted in one of two categories: Group One (ages 5-9) and Group Two (ages 10-12). One grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize package worth $50.00. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25.00 gift package. Children’s author, poet, and Iraqi war veteran Thad Krasnesky, writer of the upcoming “That Cat Can’t Stay” (Flashlight Press, 2010) is the contest judge.

In addition to the prize packages, winning poems and pet photos will be highlighted in an upcoming Meet Me at the Corner video pod cast. The pod cast will be videotaped at New York’s Angellicle Cat Rescue Center. Local students will present the winning poems.

All submissions should be mailed to “Paws for Poetry” Contest, c/o Meet Me at the Corner, 20 West Del Norte, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The contest deadline is April 15, 2010.

For more information, rules and submission guidelines, visit