Poetry Celebrations at the Library
Lucy Thrasher, Branch Manager of the Georgetown Library welcomes the gathering of poets and poetry lovers.
The Georgetown Library celebrated National Poetry Month (April 2013) by sharing favorite poems through email, sharing the joy of reading aloud with daily readings over the Public Address System and a children's poetry contest.
The grand finale was the gathering of kindred spirits at the open mic poetry event where local poets of Georgetown (The Poets on the Fringe), made an enchanted evening with their inspirational poetry readings. They took us through a range of emotions: humor, nostalgia, whimsical glances back at travelled roads, joy, tenderness, searing sadness, a sense of history.
Megan McNitt read her all time favorite, "Where the Sidewalk Ends," by Shel Silverstein.
It was amazing to witness people pause for a poem in the midst of whatever they were doing – searching for jobs online, browsing through the video collections, or checking out books.
Our children’s librarian, Maria Harris, incorporated the poetry readings into the regular children's programs, to foster the love of rhyme and rhythm.
Jessica Gilcoes organized a children's poetry contest.
Another favorite poem read several times in April was Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." LaToya Robinson reads it for us here:
The Poets on the Fringe will return on Aug. 22. The Federal Poets, the oldest group of continuously active poetry group in the Washington D.C. area since 1944, will also gather at the Georgetown library to read their poems on Saturday, June 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.