April Newslettter

Rachael M. Ali Library

National Poetry Month

This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Every April, on "Poem in Your Pocket Day", people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2016 will be held on April 21. The following link: https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/poem-your-pocket-day

If anyone has extra plastic Easter eggs that they would be willing to donate to the library we would like to use them for Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Other Ways to Participate

It’s easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own Poem in Your Pocket Day event. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Start a “poems for pockets” giveaway in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Memorize a poem
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr
  • Send a poem to a friend

Information for teaching poetry:


Novels in Verse

April is School Library Month and National Library Week April 10-16

During this week, the Rachael M. Ali Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate.

This month's question is to create a Because.... statement. Samples are available in the library or in the pictures below. We would like to display statements and possibly send some statements on to the ALA for the Libraries Transform campaign.

Tuesday, April 12 we will be serving a celebration breakfast in the library. Students and faculty are welcome to visit the library before school through 3rd period for a light breakfast.

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Reminders and announcements

Students are to remain in homeroom from 8:00 until 8:15. This gives Sister and I a chance to plan for the day and take care of any last minute problems. Students may print and pick up assignments on their way to class. Students may not take tests or quizzes during homeroom.

Remember to put your name on your tests. This saves us time and ensures that tests are returned to you quickly.

Thank you to Mr. Townsend and Mrs. Merritt for sending student work to be displayed during Teen Tech Week. The students enjoyed seeing their work displayed for everyone to see.

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