National Poetry Month and Young Poets

April is National Poetry Month. Here at Jackson District Library we started the celebration a little early with our Young Poet Awards last week.  (They were also part of the Grand Finale for the Big Read program in March.)
All of these poems are creative , some are delightful, cute and funny, some are very thought provoking.  Take a look or listen.  Check out the podcasts of the winners reading their own poetry.  There is also a link on the right side of the web page.  Books of the poems are still available for $2.00, and each branch will have a copy in their collection.  We will have more podcasts soon, of those winners who were unable to attend the ceremony so check back.

What is your favorite poem?   Some of  mine are   Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, (a children’s book read by millions  of parents at bed time), Trees by Joyce Kilmer, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein

One coworker  said The Giant Jam Sandwich  by John Vernon Lord.

Another said  The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost  ( I was able to find a copy in our Online databases.

So in the spirit of National Poetry Month- read or write a poem and make comment let us know what your favorite poem is.


Finding Poetry

I noticed that it is poetry month so I thought it might be a good opportunity to ask if anyone has ever heard of a book of poetry by a local author, Edith Greening from Jackson, MI. Her husband's name was Glenn and she wrote a book of poems about her family that was published probably in the 1940's or 50's. Problem is I don't know who the publisher was. If anyone knows where I might be able to find a copy of this book please contact me at I'm trying to locate a copy for her great grandson for his birthday.