NationalPoetryMonth

April showers bring May flowers…and also meter, verse and rhyme. Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is held each April. The mission of this 30-day campaign is to promote poetry as a living art form, as well as remember our poetic heritage. Much of our oldest surviving literature — including epic works like The Odyssey, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh — are recorded in poetic verse. Likewise, today’s hip hop artists like Kendrick Lamar win praise for composing complex rhymes and delivering them with a melodic flow.

We celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry-writing contest for teens and adults. Now in its sixteenth year, our 2014 contest runs through April 22 (which also happens to be Earth Day).

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International Observe the Moon Night takes place Saturday, October 12. Look up and take notice of earth’s nearest celestial neighbor. There’s a lot to see with binoculars, a telescope or even just your naked eye.

For even more fun and potential prizes, snap a picture of it and post to Instagram with the hashtag #npldteens for week two of our month-long scavenger hunt. We’ll scroll through everyone’s moon shots and select the best one to re-post in our feed. The winner will also earn a small prize!

Moonrise happens in the Chicago-area right around 2:30 pm, so keep an eye out for it during the day! It sets at 7:45, so be sure to get out to see it in the early evening.

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Congratulations to all the winners of the library’s 15th annual poetry contest!

Teen Winners:

1st place: Connie Lay-Ngo
2nd place: Najlah Iqbal
3rd place: Anjana Tomay
Honorable Mentions:  Mai Lu and Danielle Brunner

Adult Winners:

1st place: Kevin Shyne
2nd place: Jim Koppersteiner

The poems are all on display on the 3rd floor of the library.  They’ve also been printed in booklets that are FREE to the the public.

  Thank you, thank you, thank to to everyone who contributed poems to us this year.  We had over 70 entries this year and the judging was tough. Thank you also to our wonderful panel of local judges!

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Congratulations to our winning poets!  The winning poems will be displayed on the 3rd floor throughout the month.  They are also published in free booklet.

1st Place: “This Place” by Surdeep Chauhan

2nd Place: “Lonely Girl” by Grace Park

3rd Place: “If my Words were Golden” by Michael Welch

Pick up a copy of our free poetry booklet today!

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Enter our poetry contest by April 17, 2011!

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the library.

First Prize: $75 certificate   Second Prize: $50 certificate   Third Prize: $25 certificate

Contest is open to residents of Chicago and suburbs.

  • To enter you must be between 10 and 18 years old as of April 17, 2011.

  • Limit 6 poems per poet.

  • Include your name, age, address and phone number.

Click Here for the Full Contest Rules.

Email entries: to dblock@nileslibrary.org

Learn more about National Poetry Month.

Looking for inspiration or need some writing tips? Check out some of the great poetry books in our collection.

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I hope everyone has had a chance to read and enjoy the first place winner of our recent short story contest!

photo by Kyle May

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story is published here.  Although all the two winning stories began with the same first two sentences, they go in completely different directions.

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When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes by Caroline Moy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Teen Advisory Board members have chosen the winners of the library’s first summer short story contest.  Competitors all began their stories with the following passage:

As I planted my tan, scorched feet towards the front of the glass-like ocean, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I stood under the starry night as thunder rolled above and lightning danced in the skies.

Our first place winner is Anetta Siemianowicz with her story “Just an Ordinary Guy.”  Her story is published here

Our second place winner is Caroline Moy with “When Diamonds Become Ice Cubes.”  Her story will be published later this week – stay tuned!

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“Just an Ordinary Guy” by Anetta Siemianowicz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Are you ready for our Hunger Games Challenge on August 11?  Why not train yourself for the trivia portion of the contest by visiting the official Hunger Games Facebook page?  You can also sign up to win free books there!

Anxiously awaiting the release of Mockingjay on August 24?  View the trailer here, and the countdown clock here.

Join us Wednesday, Aug 11 for The Hunger Games Challenge!

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Teens aged 10-18 are invited to enter our 13th annual poetry contest.  Submit up to 6 poems by email, snail mail or in person at the library by April 18.

Gift cards to Barnes & Noble will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and all winning entries will be printed in a booklet to be distributed at the library.

Please include all necessary contact information with each submission, so we know who to credit.  Only residents of Illinois are eligible to enter.

Click here to get all the contest details.

Unanswered Questions? Contact librarian Donna Block at (847) 663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org for more information.

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