April is National Poetry Month

posterFrom the simple and delightful rhymes learned in childhood – to sonnets that speak to the heart – to verse that gives voice to the darkness of human experience, poetry is a powerful and universal form of expression and communication, unbound by time or place or age, that enriches our cultural narrative.

Whether sung or slammed, written or recited, through poetry we declare who we are, how we feel, what we think, dream, and aspire.

On Mon March 19, Mayor Rick Goldring proclaimed April as National Poetry Month in Burlington, heralding a month of exciting events hosted by BPL. We invite you to join us as we celebrate poetry, poets, and all things poetic. Read the proclamation

Featured Staff Picks in honour of Poetry Month

Top 10 Poetry Books (for people who don’t like read poems)

Read-Aloud Rhyming Books for Young Children

First a Poet... 10 books to read for the sheer joy of reading beautiful writing


Poem a Day - Pick up a 'Poem a Day' from our basket of uplifting poems at Aldershot Branch while you explore our poetry display.

Create Your Own Poem - Using words we've cut from old magazines, come and create your own verses. Aldershot

Haiku Poetry WorkshopTue April 10, 7-8.30pm. Learn the art of Japanese short form poetry in an informal creative writing workshop taught by Kimiko. Call library to register. Presented in partnership with Burlington Mundialization – Itabashi Sub-Committee. Aldershot


Poetry Creation Station - Create a short poem with words or phrases cut from our supply of newspapers/magazines. We invite you to display your poem at the branch for others to enjoy!

Words... The Building Blocks of Poetry! - Young aspiring poets, here's a fun way to create a poem! Using our Duplo blocks - each one has a word attached - build a poem by arranging the blocks in creative ways. Activity runs April 12-30.

HYWire Youth Writing Workshop - Thu April 26, 7-8.30pm. Run monthly by Halton Youth Writers (HYWire) with a focus on spoken word and performance poetry. Bring your own writing to share or just come ready to write. Drop in anytime. Ages 12+. NOTE: Participants and parents are advised that writings could contain mature content that may be emotionally disturbing. Alton


Ode to Poetry Open Mic Night – Tue April 17, 7-8.15pm. We celebrate poetry in all its forms during Poetry Month. Hosted by local poet, Laurence Hutchman, who reads a selection of his works and facilitates the open mic segment of the evening. Come ready to recite your own original works or just come to enjoy the talents of others. Time limit: 5 minutes to share your original poems. Sign up when you arrive. Central

@Tansley Woods

Drop by our "Read it, Write it, Share it!” poetry-writing activity table in the branch anytime this month.

Burlington rocks poetry!

An Evening of Poetry and Poetics - Thu April 12, 7pm. In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month, A Different Drummer Books and The League of Canadian Poets proudly herald a meeting of three extraordinary creators of verse at the bookshop. Celebrated, venerable poets Bruce Hunter, Laurence Hutchman and Bruce Meyer share their revelatory work and their vision in a spirited and most edifying presentation. Admission is free, everyone is welcome. Please register in advance: 905.639.0925 or diffdrum@mac.com.

Burlington Slam Project Open Mic & Poetry Slam Invitational Finals - Thu April 19. The winner of this event will represent Burlington at the Individual World Poetry Slam this October. $10 cover.

Have a favourite poem? Share it!

Poem in a Pocket Day, April 26 - Think of it as a super-sized social media Poem Recital! Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr site. Tag @CanadianPoets, or use the hashtags #NPM18 or #poeticmoment.