In 1996, the Academy of American Poets declared April as National Poetry Month. Join the Denver Public Library in celebrating poetry this April with a variety of reading suggestions, programs, kids activities, and more.
For children, most branches will have poetry coloring pages available. Stop by ArtPark, Athmar Park, Bear Valley, Central Library Children's Library, Decker, Eugene Field, Ford-Warren, Hadley, Hampden, Park Hill, Sam Gary, Smiley, Ross-Barnum, Ross-Broadway, Ross-University Hills, and Virginia Village to participate in the all-ages Poem in Your Pocket activity. Poems will be available to take for sharing with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.
Kids ages 5 and up can write their own poem and bring it to select libraries during the month of April to enter a drawing to win a magnetic poetry set at the following branches: Athmar Park, Bear Valley, Central Library Children's Library, Decker, Eugene Field, Ford-Warren, Hampden, Park Hill, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, Schlessman Family, Smiley, Ross-University Hills, and Virginia Village.
For adults, join us in-person for Typewriter Poetry in the Central Library’s Schlessman Hall (Floor 1) from 2–4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 where poet Abigail Mott will craft an instant poem just for you on her vintage typewriter.
Join us virtually on Zoom for Write On! with Jana Clark: Poetry on Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for thinking and writing exercises designed to develop skills and inspire creativity. We will also host a film discussion on the life of legendary Beat figure Bob Kaufman who considered poetry a key to human survival. Watch the film on the library’s streaming service Kanopy anytime, but join us for the Doc & Talk: And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead on Wednesday April 13, 7–8 p.m.
A poem can change your life. Do you need a poem? Well, the Denver Public Library has about 6,576 books full of them! Since that’s an overwhelming number, get started with the curated Core Collections created by library staff to highlight the most compelling titles chosen especially for our vibrant Denver community. Check out American Poetry or Children’s Poetry favorites. What is your favorite poem?