Poetry Month and Shakespeare Celebration

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National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate the beauty and power of language, and the wealth of emotion, humor and human experience found in poetry.

In addition to celebrating poetry in April, we're also commemorating William Shakespeare's birthday (April 23) and the 400th anniversary of the First Folio. Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets have had a profound impact on literature and culture and continue to be studied and performed around the world. Eighteen of his plays would have been lost to history if they hadn’t been published in the First Folio.

Whether you're a seasoned poetry lover or just starting to explore the world of verse, we know you'll find a program you’ll enjoy.




Kids Art Studio: Rhyming Dominoes

Wednesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. Fretz Park Branch

Kids Art Studio: Poetry Puzzle

Wednesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. Fretz Park Branch





Sonnet Writing Workshop with Dallas Poet Laureate Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (3rd Floor)

An Evening with Dallas Poet Laureate Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. Lakewood Branch

Teen Poetry Slam

Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Prairie Creek Branch

Poetry Slam with Poet Laureate Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Hampton-Illinois Branch





Shakespeare's Book of Flowers

Saturday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. Kleberg-Rylie Branch

Saturday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. Skyline Branch

Original Pronunciation: A Shakespeare Event

Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (7th Floor)

Stages and Satyrs: A Shakespeare-Inspired D&D Actual Play

Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (3rd Floor) and live via Twitch

After-School Cinema: Strange Magic

Wednesday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. Kleberg-Rylie Branch



All in-person programming is intended to follow CDC and city safety guidelines. Please keep safe and social distance when possible, masks are recommended.