April is National Poetry Month and Boston Public Library has a variety of activities and programs planned to bring out the creativity and inner poet in people of all ages:
- Books of Hope Poetry for Children: Read, write, recite, and perform poetry with the Books of Hope creative writing program. For children ages six and up at several library locations.
- Books of Hope Poetry for Teens: Connect poetry to hip-hop, theater, and current social issues and express yourself in an atmosphere of positivity. Teens ages 12-18 can explore themes of culture, neighborhoods and urban identity throughout April.
- Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon: Celebrate the birth month of William Shakespeare and perform or recite the sonnet of your choice on Monday, April 7, from 5-8:30 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. All are welcome.
- Magnetic Poetry: Create your own unique set of magnetic words to take home and make into refrigerator poetry at select library locations. For teens ages 12-18.
- Public Women, Private Lives Exhibition: The exhibition contains books and manuscripts from the BPL’s special collections and illustrates the public and private lives of reputed writers, many of whom were poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe. On display through May 30 in the Rare Books Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square.
Visit the library’s calendar for a complete list of poetry-themed events during the month of April.