library news

April 6, 2021

In addition to National Poetry Month, this is National Library Week, we thought we’d highlight some library-linked poetry news, and, in particular, poetry for young people.

To begin, check out the Seattle Public Library list of recent books of poetry for kids.

From Western Washington University, the Children & Teen Poetry Collection (Poetry CHaT) has a busy lineup of good news. They will be highlighting the Oral History Collection throughout the month, beginning on April 4, 2021, with Naomi Shihab Nye. Other featured poets are Nikki Grimes (April 7), Sara Holbrook/Michael Salinger (April 10), Kwame Alexander (April 13), Marilyn Singer (April 16), Joyce Sidman (April 20), Rebecca Kai Dotlich (April 23), Janet Wong (April 26), and Melissa Sweet (April 29). Look for details on Facebook throughout the month.

In more PoetryCHaT news, the much-celebrated poet and author of children’s poetry books, Jack Prelutsky, has donated his Children’s Antiquarian Poetry Collection worth over $30,000 to PoetryCHaT, with an additional $8,000 for cataloging expenses. This is a treasure trove of children’s poetry, with items that date back to the 1700s, and an enormous resource for scholars. Cataloging of the Jack and Carolynn Prelutksy Manuscript and Rare Book Collection is underway, with a gala to follow as conditions allow.

poetry in the classroom

October 11, 2018

PoetryCHaT is sponsoring a half-day poetry workshop at Western Washington University on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Centered around cross-cultural and interdisciplinary poetry, this morning Mini-Camp will provide resources for use in classroom teaching, hands-on activities, spoken word, and ideas to promote poetry in educational and library settings. The program includes keynote speakers Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong and spoken word poetry by Wyatt Heimbichner-Goebel.

Registration is $35.00 and includes GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, a Poetry Friday Anthology, and Poetry Friday Power Book. CEUs are available. Parking is free.

Teachers, librarians, parents, and poets are welcome. See additional details and registration information on the Poetry Mini-Camp page.

Poetry Camp!

June 3, 2016

Vardell and Wong

Attention teachers, librarians, writers, parents and poetry lovers! Registration is now open for Poetry Camp (for grown-ups!) — a day about sharing, teaching, and understanding poetry!

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Western Washington University in Bellingham, poetry scholar Sylvia Vardell (above left), poet Janet Wong (above right) and more than thirty poets from The Poetry Friday Anthology series will speak or perform poetry at the conference. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will also participate and the day will culminate with a free public performance by guest of honor Jack Prelutsky.

This is an amazing deal. Registration is $60 early bird until June 30, 2016; $75 after July 1, 2016; Students $35. Registration includes a copy of Celebrations Poetry Friday Anthology (Teachers Edition in Spanish and English, a $30 value). Educators can get five clock hours for participation.

For complete details on schedule, workshops, presenters and registration, see the Poetry Camp page at PoetryCHaT.

Kwame Alexander

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, and join Kwame Alexander for a lively and entertaining evening of poetry at Bellingham High School, in the Auditorium.

Activities get going at 5:45pm with poetry performances and exhibits by local students. Alexander will speak and read from his multi-award-winning book, The Crossover, starting at 6:30pm, followed by book sales and author signing.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize.

Kwame Alexander’s visit to Bellingham marks the official launch of Poetry CHaT, a collection of resources, ideas and curricula designed to help educators share their love of poetry with children and teens. The PoetryCHaT Children & Teen Poetry Collection is housed at Western Washington University Library and includes materials written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1920 on. PoetryCHaT is on Facebook, too.

In connection with the launch, Alexander will be the featured author for Compass to Campus and will also participate in a conversation about writing at a by-invitation luncheon for WWU MFA and undergrad writing students.

The Wednesday event at Bellingham High School is free and suitable for poetry, hip-hop and basketball enthusiasts of all ages.

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