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Head shot of recently deceased poet Claudia Emerson

'Lament for the Makers'

A tribute to recently deceased poet Claudia Emerson and others

Please join us for a reading of poems in memory of Claudia Emerson (1957-2014), winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, as well as anecdotes and tributes to this remarkable and beloved poet, and with apologies to Scottish poet William Dunbar (c.1460-c.1513),

Dead Poets Society movie poster.

Movie of the Month

Robin Williams in 'Dead Poets Society'

On April 28, at 6 p.m., join us for our Movie of the Month, Dead Poets Society, in celebration of National Poetry Month.  The "up the academy" tone of this award-winner has earned it a special niche in Hollywood history.   Peter Weir directed the film from a screenplay by Tom Schulman.  Starring Robin Williams as a teacher using poetry to champion creativity and free expression, it is based on the screenwriter's own prep school experiences.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The 19th Century English Author's Version of A 12th Century Persian Poet's Verses

Omar Khayyam (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet who wrote thousands of quatrains (known as the rubaiyat). Edward Fitzgerald, the British poet, selected and adapted Khayyam's verses into English and other languages.

Celebrate Poetry Month at Bellevue Library

Take a Minute

Hear a poem every day

William O. Lockridge Bellevue Neighborhood Library welcomes you to enjoy a poem every day during the month of April. The readings are in honor of National Poetry Month, designated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  Join us every day at 4 p.m. to hear a poem read over the library inter-com.  There will be readings featuring diverse poets from around the globe. Come and enjoy!

First Thursday Night Poetry Reading Series

First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series

Followed by open mic

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library continues its second year of First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading Series. Well-known local poets will gather at the library to read from their works every month. There will be two featured poets for each month, and the readings will be followed by an open mic. Herb Guggenheim is the series coordinator. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, for the first event in the 2015 series.  

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Poetry Month Kids' Scavenger Hunt

Discover great literature and win a prize!

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating all month long in the children's room with a poetry-themed scavenger hunt! Starting April 1, participants will use their inner sleuth to search through the library to find hidden clues. Each clue will have a title of a book as well as a call number. Find each book on the shelf and match it to its description on the questionnaire to win a prize.