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The Poetic Side of the Sunshine State
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Verse and History Come Together at Broward County Library

With both National Poetry Month (April) and Florida Heritage Month (March 15-April 15) celebrations coming up, spring is the perfect time to explore the poetry and poets of Florida in addition the state’s rich history. From sweeping sagas of the River of Grass to the works of Richard Blanco, poetry and poets in Florida are as varied and unique as the state itself.

Broward County Libraries offers resources for both poetry and history lovers, as well as those who may be a little of both. Enjoy Florida Heritage Month programs that honor Viva Florida 500 (www.Vivaflorida.org), a statewide initiative celebrating 500 years of Florida history. Children, teens and adults are all invited to special Poetry Month events that include a celebration of local poets, “pirate” poetry, poetic storytimes and more.

Florida Heritage Month/Viva Florida 500 Events and Displays
 
Viva Florida 500April 4
– Viva Florida 500 Storytelling Program, with Carrie Sue Ayvar, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Main Library
April 24 – Sharkey’s Storytime: Salty Sue the Pirate brings Florida Heritage Month to life with music, magic and tales of the sea, ages 3 to 5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
Save the Date! May 16 Broward County Heritage Celebration: See It, Save It, Celebrate It, presented by the Broward County Historical Commission in honor of Historic Preservation Month. Keynote speaker is Thom Grafton, architect and preservationist, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Broward County Historical Commission Building (historic West Side Grade School), 301 Harmon (S.W. 13th) Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. For more information, please contact Maria Muñoz at 954-357-5553 or Email mamunoz@broward.org.

National Poetry Month Events and Book Displays
 
Writing penApril 3
– Sharkey’s Storytime: National Poetry Month, ages 3 to 5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
April 3 – Teen Hour: Hang out and get creative with poetry, ages 13-18, 6 to 7 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
April 16 – Poetry Club Award Ceremony, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
April 17 – Speak Poet! Celebrate National Poetry Month, adults, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
April 22 – Poetry Night with Anastasia Clark, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Weston Library
April 24 – Little Minnows Storytime Special: Mother Goose Visits Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with caregiver, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
April 27 – Pirate Poetry Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m., Hallandale Beach Library
Book Displays: Hallandale Beach Library, Miramar Library, Stirling Road Library

Read a Poem, Be a Poet: Take a free, non-credit, online “Poetry Writing 101” course from Universal Class. All you need is your Broward County Library card to enroll and then take the class online from home at your own pace. Universal Class also offers other writing courses including “Writing the Great American Short Story,” “Writing Improvements 101” and “Creative Writing Workshop.”

 Florida Poets and Florida Poetry Resources Available @ BCL:

Book Jacket for: A Donald Justice reader : selected poetry and prose A Donald Justice Reader: Selected Poems and Prose, by Donald Justice
Book Jacket for: City of a hundred fires City of a Hundred Fires, by Richard Blanco
Book Jacket for: Dog Island and other Florida poems Dog Island and Other Florida Poems, by Laurence Donovan
Book Jacket for: Florida in poetry : a history of the imagination Florida in Poetry: A History of the Imagination, edited by Jane Anderson Jones
Book Jacket for: Florida poems Florida Poems by Campbell McGrath
Book Jacket for: Sawgrass poems : a view of the Everglades : poems

Sawgrass Poems: A View of the Everglades, by Frank Asch

Book Jacket for: The complete poems, 1927-1979

The Complete Poems, by Elizabeth Bishop

Book Jacket for: The wide brim : early poems and ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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