Celebrating Poetry Month

April was a whirlwind of poetry activities and celebration in the IST library! Some of the ways we celebrated poetry were through:

  • Displays of poetry and novels in verse
  • A poetry listening station
  • Poetry postcards that were delivered near and far
  • A magnetic whiteboard and poetry magnets
  • Poetry quizzes and prizes during the last week of Poetry Month
  • Poetry activities at lunchtime
  • Reading poetry outside
  • Exploring poetry websites (these are some of our favorites: http://www.poetry4kids.com,  http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Nature/kit/, and http://jackprelutsky.com)
  • Hosting the Star Kids Book Fair in the library

April was so busy and full of fun and excitement that sometimes we forgot to take photos! We did manage to take a few, so please enjoy these photos from Poetry Month at IST.


Visiting Spoken Word Poet, Harry Baker

Harry Baker will be with us for the week of April 16-20 (off and on). Harry Baker was the youngest-ever winner of the Poetry Slam World Cup in 2012 and he has travelled the world and dazzled student audiences ever since.

On Monday morning, April 16, Harry will present to all students ages 10-17 in an opening assembly, followed by workshops for smaller groups scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Harry will be back with us on the Friday for another day of work with students and an afternoon assembly together with students and teachers from TEDA. It will be an amazing week.

To get a taste of Harry Baker’s talent and charm, see his website (http://www.harrybaker.co/), check out his book, The Sunshine Kid, and/or view his TED talk, “A love poem for lonely prime numbers”

A huge thanks to the PFO for their generous donation towards the expenses related to bringing Harry Baker here.

Poetry Month at the Library

We have been having a wonderful time celebrating Poetry Month over the past week. Students have enjoyed creating poems on our magnetic white board, exploring websites where they can read and write poems, and enjoying reading some of our fantastic collection of poetry books.

Next week will be even more exciting with all of the fun events we have planned, especially Character Dress Up Day on World Book Day Monday, April 24th!

April is Poetry Month

All next month we will be celebrating the power of poetry at the IST library. Please stop by the library for:

  • displays of some of the wonderful books of poetry we have in the library collection
  • have fun creating your own poetry with our huge magnetic poetry board
  • write a poem on a postcard and post it anywhere in China or overseas (1 RMB in China and 5 RMB overseas)
  • Create and illustrate your own poems

We will celebrate World Book Day on April 24th and continue all week long with poetry quizzes (and a chance to win prizes!), special prizes for some of our library patrons, and lunchtime activities.

Come celebrate Poetry Month with us!

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Poetry Month @ IST, Day One

The IST Library & Information Literacy Center traditionally celebrates Poetry Month in April. Immediately upon returning from spring holidays, this celebration started off with a SLAM. Yes, we had a Poetry Slam! The slam was completely student-led and produced. The Personal Project of 10th Grader Marie Beste, it was held this past Tuesday during the lunch period.


Poetry Slam poster created by M. Beste

What is a “poetry slam?”

In Marie’s Personal Project report, she writes: “A Poetry Slam is a poetry competition. The authors present or rather perform, their texts more through extensive acting, speaking melody, or other techniques which don`t require anything except the text itself and its writer. The winner of a competition is mostly elected directly by the audience. ” Marie’s goal to “plan and prepare a Poetry Slam” was certainly achieved.

Personal Project

Personal Project student Marie Beste


The Library’s green stage area was the scene of some very forceful performance poetry. Six Middle Years Programme students competed. In the end, the audience did indeed choose the winners: a pair of Grade 6 students who slammed about fireflies. It was enlightening.


Poetry events will continue throughout this month. This was the perfect way to kick off a month that celebrates this form of the written word.