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Teens Discover Poetry (Posted On: Tuesday, April 02, 2013)

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Filled with hidden meanings and insightful phrases, poetry sparks creativity and imagination. Even more powerful when shared out loud, Collingwood Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month by encouraging teens to write and recite poetry.

Every April, National Poetry Month brings together writers, literary organizations, libraries and schools to celebrate poetry and recognize its important place in our culture. To participate in the annual event, the Library is offering two programmes for teens focused on the opportunities for expression poetry provides.  

"We're really excited about National Poetry Month. We hope that our programmes will engage youth in interesting new ways by offering them an opportunity to express themselves through the joy of poetry," says Jocelyn Knoester, teen services assistant, Collingwood Public Library.

To get the creative juices flowing, the Library is holding a Teen Haiku Contest that challenges teens to write an original haiku and submit it to a panel of judges. Submissions will be judged by local literary personalities. The top three entries will win fantastic prizes, including having the poem published on the Library's website. The contest runs from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 19, 2013.

"We know that many teens are already exploring personal expression through poetry. Holding a poetry contest provides an outlet for teens to share their creativity. Poetry is an exciting and imaginative way to convey thoughts, emotions and observations. We want to hear from all those teens as well as the ones who might be trying their hand at reading or writing poetry for the first time."

Teens with a passion for poetry are invited to come to the Library to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 18, 2013.  The nationwide event encourages people to select a poem, carry it throughout the day, and read the poem aloud to people. Teens who share a poem - original or not - to a staff member will receive a prize. Library employees will also share their favourite poems throughout the day.

For more information on the Library's National Poetry Month activities, contact Jocelyn Knoester at 705-445-1571 ext. 6233 or by email. Submission details for the Teen Haiku Contest are available at the Library website or by contacting the Library directly.


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