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Thursday, March 26, 2015

National Poetry Month 2015

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and we are inviting you to celebrate it with us!

Customers of all ages are invited to submit Book Spine Poetry. Teens 13–18 can also enter our Teen Poetry Competition.  Looking to celebrate the love of poetry with others?  Come to one of our poetry events this month!


Create a Book Spine Poem

Book Spine Poem:  Where'd You Go Bernadette/Far From the Madding Crowd/North and Sound/Into the Wild/Lost and Found
Compose a poem from book or movie titles, take a picture, and send it to us. Your pictures may be posted on our social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our Pinterest Book Spine Poetry board where you'll find some great book spine poems to inspire you!

We can't wait to see your book spine poetry this April!

Send your picture to us via:
  • Twitter:  Tag us @MCPL_Libraries and #MCPLpoetry #NPM15
  • Facebook:  Reply to our posts via comments or send a direct message.
  • Instagram: Tag us at @mcpl_libraries and #MCPLpoetry #NPM15
  • Or submit it using the form below.
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Teen Poetry Competition

teen poetry competition iPad with poetry words on it

Share with us your rhythm and rhyme!

The MCPL Teen Advisory Group's (TAG) Teen Poetry Competition 2015 for Montgomery County teens ages 13-18 is open from March 20 - April 17.

Competition rules:
  • Competition is open to Montgomery County teens ages 13-18.
  • Entries must be received by midnight on Friday, April 17, 2015.
  • One entry per person, 300 word maximum.
  • Poems can be any style.
Entries will be judged on these criteria: 
  • creativity
  • mechanics (spelling, punctuation, grammar--where applicable)
  • adherence to style guidelines (like having the right number of syllables in haiku or lines in a sonnet)
  • figurative language
  • overall impact
Judging and winners information:
    MCPL Teen Adivsory Group
  • Judges will rate poems in three categories: Free Verse, Rhyming and Short Structure verse.
  • One 1st Prize award and one Honorable Mention will be given in each category.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Award Ceremony at Rockville Memorial Library on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Judges for the contest include librarians and members of the MCPL Teen Advisory Group.
  • All teens who enter are invited with their family and friends to attend the Award Ceremony and have the opportunity to read their own entry during the ceremony.
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