National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The goal is to widen awareness of the art of poetry, living poets, our complex poetic heritage and poetry books and journals.
The Academy of American Poets has led this initiative from its inception in 1996 and along the way has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets and arts organizations to help. National Poetry Month is celebrated each April to highlight the legacy and achievement of American poets, introduce more Americans to the pleasure of reading poetry and to increase support, reading and awareness of poetry.
At libraries throughout Broward County, everyone is invited to discover their inner poet at these free events. From children's storytimes to spoken word performances to workshops, April is the month to celebrate the beauty of poetry in all forms.
April 4 - Louder than a Library: A Spoken Word Explosion - Poetry Performances, 2 to 5:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
April 8 - Poetry is Fun! Storytime about poetry, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nova University Alvin Sherman Library
April 8, 22 - Discover Inner Peace in Poetry, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
April 11, 18 - Louder than a Library: A Spoken Word Explosion - Poetry Performances, 2 to 5:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
April 15 - Jammin’ on the Mic! Ages 16 and up, 6 to 7:30 p.m., call 954-357-7670 to reserve your seat, Carver Ranches Library
April 18 - Edible Poetry Cake Decorating, teens, 2 to 4 p.m., Nova University Alvin Sherman Library
April 18 - Poetry Workshop with Vicky Santiesteban, 1 to 2 p.m., Main Library
April 21 - South Regional Poetry Club Poetry Contest, prizes; call 954-201-8896 for info, 6 to 7 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
April 30 - Reel to Real Talk - Film Forum with Commentary; call 954-201-2601 for title, 12 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/ Broward College Library
Exhibits: Poetry for the Heart, Mind, and Soul! Carver Ranches Library; April is National Poetry Month! Hallandale Beach Library; National Poetry Month Display: Add Your Favorite Poetry Line to Our Poet-Tree! Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
National Library Week (April 12-18)
Help us promote Broward County Library by printing and posting our new “Unlimited Possibilities” poster. Check Broward.org/Library beginning March 31 to find posters you can download and print. Post them anywhere and everywhere (that’s permissible and legal, of course) to raise awareness of all of the free, unlimited possibilities available at Broward County Library!
If you don’t already have a Broward County Library card, sign up for one this month at any BCL location and start reaping the rewards. In celebration of National Library Week, starting in April, customers who sign up for new library cards and mention the Unlimited Possibilities poster (pictured above) or bring one of the tear-off tabs from the poster will receive a prize! National Library Week Special Events:April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
- Creative Corner: National Library Week Book Art, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Tyrone Bryant Library April 6, 13, 20, 27
- Discovering Your Way Family Reading Nights: Family Literacy Program for families with children ages 6 to 11 years old. Pre-registration required through local schools, 6 to 7:30 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library April 7
- Writer's Critique Group, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., West Regional LibraryApril 9
- Movie Matinee Lunch: Movie inspired by the novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey
, 12 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College LibraryApril 15
- Librarians’ Favorites! Librarians’ favorite stories and a craft, children, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Nova University Alvin Sherman LibraryApril 15
- The Story of Books, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning LibraryApril 16
- Robot Building and Coding with Bright & Smart Robotics! Call 954-357-7670
to reserve your seat! Children, 4 to 5 p.m., Carver Ranches Library
Meet author Elaine Viets on April 16 at Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
- Ft. Lauderdale Author Elaine Viets Discusses Her New Mystery, Checked Out, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading CenterApril 16
- Movie Matinee Lunch: Sci-fi Thriller starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney. Bring your lunch and friends, 12 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College LibraryApril 16
- Unlimited Possibilities: Learn about the latest databases, programing and services the library offers, 6 to 7 p.m., Lauderdale Lakes Library April 16
- Story Time Explorers: Stories about Libraries, Families and Reading! Ages 3-5, 1 to 2 p.m., Pembroke Pines LibraryApril 18
- LC Cinema: Celebrating National Library Week Film, 1 to 3 p.m., Lauderhill Towne Centre LibraryApril 18
- Saturday Movie: Librarian Flynn Carson has an adventure, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library April 18
- Edible Prose reads The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time
, 2 to 3 p.m., Nova University Alvin Sherman Library April 21
- Book Discussion with Linda Kamin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tamarac LibraryApril 23
- Movie Matinee Lunch: Art experts go to Germany during WWII to rescue art treasures before they are destroyed, 12 to 2:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College LibraryApril 24
- West Regional Book Club: The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West Regional LibraryExhibits:
Poetry for the Heart, Mind and Soul! Carver Ranches Library
; Celebrate the Library: A collection of library and reading related items, North Regional/Broward College Library
; Informational Table, Main Library
; Famous People with Disabilities, Riverland Library
Destination Fridays - Trinidad & Tobago on April 10 @ AARLCC
Preen your feathers, paint your face with sparkles and slip on your party mask and dancing shoes! Trinidad & Tobago is the Destination Friday event for April 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
. "Expect a good time as we celebrate the culture of Trinidad/Tobago and the spirit of Carnival," says Elaina Norlin, Regional Library Manager.
Energize with soca music (the soul of calypso) spun by our DJ! There will be steel drum sessions and lessons, and a body-bending limbo contest with a grand prize to the winner. Enjoy the taste of island foods including Trinidad's signature dish, roti, along with pumpkin sautéed with garlic and onion, chick peas, and curry chicken, washed down with a glass of Trinidad rum punch. A collection of art from Trinidad will be on view in the gallery. Come dressed to party hearty (feathers optional)!
Order your $10 tickets through Eventbrite
or pay in cash or by card at the door. This is an after-hours event for ages 21-plus.
Sponsored by the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Haven House, Post Haste Travel, Singh's Roti and Aunty Sue Roti.
Upcoming Destination Friday events:
- May 8 - Cinco de Mayo
- September 4 - Hawaii
- November 6 - the Bahamas
For more information, please call AARLCC's Welcome Desk at 954-357-6210.