Due to building maintenance, Cooper Branch is closed until further notice. Beginning Monday, September 24, Cooper customers can pick up their holds at the Montross Branch

The Power of Poetry

Join us for the month of April, celebrating the power of poetry. We hope these National Poetry Month events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!

Pick a Poem or Leave a Poem

Stop by the Children's or Teens' desks during the month of April for activities that celebrate National Poetry Month.

Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 26

Pick a poem scroll at any branch in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Claudia Emerson: Teen Poetry Contest

CALLING ALL TEENS! Celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting your original poetry to the Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their work aloud at Fredericksburg Branch on Thursday, May 10, 7:30-8:30. There are two categories, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Maximum of two entries. The entries will be judged by University of Mary Washington faculty members, Amanda Rutstein, Adjunct English Professor, and Laura Bylenok, Assistant Professor of English. Check out the booklist below for inspiration.