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Did You Know: April is National Poetry Month?

April is National Poetry Month

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Here’s the week at a glance
at the Nyack Library.


  • FREE Assistance with NYS Health Insurance Programs, 5p
  • Poets Circle, Registration required, 6:30p


  • Cuentos y Canciones, 1p
  • Teen Craft, Registration required, 6p
  • Family Book Discussion, 6:30p


  • 2nd Annual Poetry Read-Out, 5p
  • Stressed Out Children, Registration required, 7p


  • Block Play, 11a
  • Tweens Read, Registration required, 6p


Games of Thrones Viewing Party (21 & over), Registration required, 8p


  • Seed Exchange Open Hours, 10a – 2p
  • Creative Writing Saturdays, Registration required, 1p


Study Sundays, 12p

The Academy of American Poets, inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, wanted a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.  In 1995, they brought together a group of publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary organizations, poets, and teachers to discuss the usefulness of a month long holiday to celebrate poetry.  On April 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation and the first National Poetry Month was celebrated.
The Nyack Library will hold its 2nd Annual Poetry Read-Out on Wednesday from 5p to 8p. Local poets, students, Library Board and Staff will read either their own poetry or that of their favorite poet consecutively for three hours!  Refreshments will be served throughout the event.  If you would like to read at the Poetry Read-Out, please email or call (845) 358-3370 extension 214.  If you can’t make it on Wednesday, the Poets Circle workshop for poets will meet on Monday at 6:30p.  It is not a class but the purpose is sharing poems and receiving constructive feedback and encouragement and support for ongoing work.  It is facilitated by Jim Glaser.  Registration is required, as space is limited.
In April 2006, the Academy of American Poets’ website,, launched Poem-a-Day, publishing a new poem each day for the month in honor of National Poetry Month.  It has now been expanded to publishing a new poem every day of the year.
In 2009, Dan Masterson was appointed Rockland County’s first , Poet laureate.  In 2013, he was reappointed Rockland’s Poet laureate for an unlimited term.  At the same time, Marya Zaturenska and her husband Horace Gregory were posthumously appointed as honorary Poets laureate.
Publishers often release their poetry titles in April, teachers and libraries focus on poetry during the month, and bookstores often hold readings during April.
Stressed Out Children, Wed at 7p
Are school age children more stressed than in the past?  What are some of the factors contributing to this?  What are some of the symptoms of stress that kids may exhibit?  How can you, as a parent, caregiver or teacher, help alleviate it?  When may you need to ask for professional help?  Come hear a presentation by Child and Adolescent Therapist, Rachel Gottlieb, CMSW, and join in a discussion of this important topic.  Registration is required.

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