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.

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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.

 

Judges

Judges