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ICPL celebrates National Poetry Month

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on March 24th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Landscape Iowa: Poems of James Hearst at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

This program, during which Dr. Scott Cawelti will explore the life and poetry of Iowa farmer-poet James Hearst through song, is one of several programs the Library has planned for National Poetry Month in April.

The Library will host a Totally Tweens: Poetry Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, in Meeting Room A. Tweens in grades third through sixth are invited to write their own poems and learn about various poetic forms from haiku, concrete poems, acrostic poems, limericks, etc. Participants may share their poems aloud with the group if they wish. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. A poetry slam will take place the last 15 minutes of the workshop; parents and guardians may attend.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

Our Poetry Month Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in Meeting Room A. Stop by to share your favorite poem penned by you or another poet, or simply show up to hear other people read. There is a five minute limit per reader.

Reading Aloud, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s poetry group, will present poetry readings about places from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Meeting Room A. This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Finally, be sure to visit our collection of poetry books on the Library’s second floor and try your hand at crafting your own on our super-sized Magnetic Poetry display, also located on the second floor.

For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

On the Wing by David Elliott

by Katherine Habley on March 3rd, 2015
On the Wing by David Elliott Cover Image

In the past I’ve enjoyed David Elliott’s books of short poems for young children (On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea) illustrated by Holly Meade.  In his newest book, On the Wing, his poems are illustrated by first-time picture book artist, Becca Stadtlander.  Here, the 16 poems included are all about different kinds of birds such as the bald eagle, the hummingbird, the Caribbean flamingo, the Australian pelican, and the great horned owl.  In free verse the avian-inspired poems are short and sweet and meant to be read aloud.  Take the concise poem entitled, “The Puffin.” “The puffin/is unique–especially/it’s beak.”  Or how about “The Macaw” verse: “The Macaw/Who spilled the paint?”  I can just hear kids laughing at that one when they see the colorful gouache illustration of this particular bird.  All of the pictures are a double-spread design and the print is large for young readers to read on their own. The artwork for the cardinal poem and the Japanese cranes poem are particularly lovely.  Introducing preschoolers and primary grade children to brief poems helps them with language development and sparks their imagination. Books like On the Wing make a perfect introduction to poetry beyond nursery rhymes.  Check out all of David Elliott’s neat picture books of verse and have fun sharing them with little ones.  You can find this book on the New Book shelves in the Children’s Room of the Iowa City Public Library.

ICPL to Host Poetry Workshop for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 20th, 2014

Do you write poetry? Do you enjoy listening to poetry? Would you like to share your poems with other student poets? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Poetry Workshop is for you!P

The Library will host its annual Poetry Workshop for student writers in third through sixth grades from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in meeting room A. The program will be led by Children’s Librarian Katherine Habley.

Registration is required for this event. Registration begins on Saturday, March 1. Class size is limited to 45 people.

To register, visit; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.

ICPL’s Poetry Workshop is a free event for elementary students in third through sixth grades.