Poetry Month and Shakespeare Celebration
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.
PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
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
FOR ADULTS AND TEENS
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.