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Poetry Month Celebrated At Ralph Ellison Library

April is National Poetry Month, and it is being celebrated at the Ralph Ellison Library, 1918 NE 23rd, on Saturday, April 25, 2009, with a National Poetry Month Read-a-Thon from 9am to 10pm. 

“Do you have some poetry in your heart?” asked Ralph Ellison librarian Kim Ventrella.  “Let it out by joining us to celebrate the spoken word.”

National Poetry Month was conceived by The Academy of American Poets and was first celebrated in April, 1996.  Its purpose is to increase the public’s awareness of poetry as a living literary genre.  So successful have the events associated with it become, Canada began its own version in 1999, and Great Britain joined in a year later.

“Our Read-a-Thon,” Ventrella continued, “is a come and go event made up of a series of readings.  We’ll have readings for children and adults, from professional poets and from people who just like to share the poetry they love with others.”

All ages are invited to participate, but children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or bring a permission slip, after 5pm.

“Everyone is invited to be a reader,” Ventrella said, “but slots are limited so anyone who’s Interested in joining in should give us a call at 606-3459 to let us know you’re coming.”

            The schedule for National Poetry Month Read-a-Thon events is:

                9am to Noon, Children’s Poetry Readings

                Noon to 1pm, Spoken Word Snack Break

                2 to 3pm, ABC’s of Poetry

                5 to 6pm, Poetry Art

                6 to 7pm, Society of Urban Poets Open Mic

                7 to 8pm, Keynote Speaker Deborah Hunter

                9 to 10pm, Closing Finale and Giveaway

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.