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April: Storytelling through Poetry


Spring is almost here and the festivities for Canada150 continue at the Ottawa Public Library.Our theme for April is Storytelling through Poetry - rhyming or not, spoken or written, this month we are hoping you will be inspired by your library. 

To celebrate this month of poetry, the Ottawa Public Library, in partnership with all four Ottawa school boards and Ottawa 2017, will launch the Mayor’ Poetry Contest. Students of all ages will be invited to capture in words, a Canadian moment or image. Winning poems will be selected by each school and shared with the Ottawa community. Winning poems will be hung from PoeTrees and displayed in late April and throughout the month of May in four library branches: Beaverbrook, Alta Vista, North Gloucester, Main. They will also be displayed at the Inspiration Village from May 20 to September 4.

The little ones can join in the celebration by taking part in our Storytelling Through Poetry programs, a perfect mix of poetry, crafts and activities at the following branches: St-Laurent on April 13, Elmvale Acres on April 22 Emerald Plaza, on April 29 and during the evening at Cumberland on April 20.

Adults are invited to take part in our Spring Poetry Garage workshop With Sandra Ridley on April 22 and older adults are invited to join our Poetry in Stop motion workshop on April 8.

OPL has a wide variety of resources and programs that showcase poetry, like the Youth Speak Mentorship Program at the Main branch or the writing workshop at Sunnyside branch, Ruth E. Dickinson branch or the Main branch. It’s also the kick-off for the 50+ Short Story Contest and the Teen Tech Week Video Contest Ceremony Award on April 28.

The OPL has abundant resources on this form of storytelling—don’t forget to check out our list of poetry resources for kids, teens, and adults! And keep your eyes peeled for displays in your local branch for more items on this topic.

For the complete list of programs and activities offered this April to highlight Canada’s 150th birthday, visit the OPL Canada 150 webpage.

We are hoping that after this long winter, the warm rays of sun and a visit to the library will awaken your love of poetry.

April: Storytelling through Poetry / Avril : Raconter par la poésie by Collection_Development