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National Poetry Month

"Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture." -

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Poem of the week

On The Pulse Of Morning - Maya Angelou

 A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.

Read the rest of poem

Featured poetry events at County Libraries

The County Library offers free year-round events to serve the informational, educational, and recreational interests of our customers. Featured below are upcoming Poetry events. More family friendly events can be found in the main Calendar.

Date Location

Wed, Apr 26,
4:00 PM

@ Pico Rivera Library

Purge Poetry: Open Mic for Teens

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Pico Rivera Library! Share your poetry, music, comedy, speeches, and spoken word art with your friends and community!

For teens and tweens ages 11 - 19

Fri, Apr 28,
3:00 PM

@ Walnut Library

Teen Friday: National Poetry Month Celebration

Join us for a special Teen Friday celebrating National Poetry Month. Create a drawing of your favorite poem, or simply enjoy the poetry coloring sheets we provide. Don't forget to check out the poetry books in the library.

Parents: Please be aware that refreshments will be served at this program.   A list of ingredients will be available at the program.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Walnut Library

For teens ages 12-17. 

Wed, May 3,
3:30 PM

@ Rosemead Library

Cool Kids book Club!

Do you love to read? Join our Cool Kids Book Club! This month, we are reading Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. 
Shel Silverstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins.
To find out more, pick up a book today. 
For Children: 4th grade - 6th grade
For more information, please inquire with the Children's Librarian.
Parents: Please be aware that refreshments will be served.
A list of ingredients will be available.  

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