It should come as no surprise that we at the League love libraries. Each year when National Poetry Month rolls around, we’re super impressed by the particularly poetic programming offered at libraries all across Canada! Here’s a glimpse into what’s going on at someone’s local library this NPM:
1. Bonnechere Union Public Library
2. Brandtford Public Library
The Brantford Public Library is home to the Poet Laureate Collection, an eclectic mix of poetry volumes from hundreds of Canadian authors, gifted to the library by Brantford’s own poet laureate, John B. Lee.
3. Burlington Public Library
Staff at the Burlington Public Library curated Staff Picks in honour of NPM, which you can read here. You can also explore the ways that patrons will be encouraged to write their own poetry all month long!
4. Carleton Place Public Library
5. Chestermere Public Library
6. Coquitlam Public Library
Coquitlam residents are encouraged to submit original Twitter-length poems during the month of April with tags #CQpoetry and #NPM18 for a chance to win prizes. For inspiration, Coquitlam Library is posting weekly writing prompts on Twitter!
7. Grand Prairie Public Library
8. Hamilton Public Library
For a list of #NPM18 events at the Hamilton Public Library, click here.
9. Lake of Bays Township Public Library
10. Library of Things (Kitchener-Waterloo)
11. London Public Library
London public Library published this poem by London Poet Laureate Tom Cull in their April issue of Access magazine:
12. Ottawa Public Library
The Ottawa Public Library delved into the history of National Poetry Month and shared a library staff list of favourite books, ebooks, movies, and audiobooks about all things poetic. You can see it all here. Plus, check here for a list of NPM events and workshops.
13. Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library put NPM on their homepage – right at the top, too! They recommended a few picks in Canadian Voices & Verse:
14. Prince George Public Library
15. Richmond Hill Public Library
Richmond Hill Public Library celebrated their 14th year of participation in NPM!
16. Saint John Free Public Library
17. Timmins Public Library
18. Toronto Public Library
The Toronto Public Library has organized its first ever Spark Poetry Festival filled with poetry-related programming across branches! Click here to see all the events.
19. Windsor Public Library
Windsor Public Library hosted, with the New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence hosted the 3rd MANY VOICES, MANY LANDS event in which poems were recited in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Urdu, and English.
20. Winnipeg Public Library
Thanks to libraries for their continued support and participation in National Poetry Month. We love you!