Library Programs

Book Spine Poetry

bookspine1April is National Poetry Month. And if you are poetically challenged (like me!), this is a tricky month to program for.

However, there is a simple solution, and a fabulous poetry format perfect for the library! It is called “book spine poetry.” You use the titles on the spines of books as the lines of poetry. A stack of books then makes a poem.

These are a few I made up using the books publishers send us (they are mostly YA, so please note the dark and brooding tone).

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You can share your (or your patrons) poems online at 100 Scope Notes, nationally — or email your snapshots to me to post right here on the Hitchhiker! And it might be a cool contest idea for your library. Best of all, I can see poets of all ages getting involved!

 

 

 

 

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A submission from Bayard Public Library.

 

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A second submission from Bayard. (Great job…they won the prize pack!)

About Ryanne

Ryanne Cooper, former Bureau Chief of Library Development at the New Mexico State Library, is now a freewheeling library supporter, advocate, and fan of New Mexico's libraries from afar.

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