Register now for this exciting virtual event with Angela Joy, the author of the picture book, Black is a Rainbow Color. Join us on Zoom on Thursday, July 29 to learn about the historical messages embedded in this beautiful book. Angela Joy is an author, substitute teacher, Girl Scout Cookie manager, Troop Leader, fifth grade book club moderator, and music lover. We are so excited to meet her! This event is co-hosted by Mount Prospect Public Library and Des Plaines Public Library.
To learn more about Angela and her book, visit her website here: Angela Joy Books
For this, you will need a collection of random words, ideally written on little slips of paper. You can put these slips in a bag or mix them up in a pile. Pull words one at a time and write them down in the order that you pull them. You can also use an online word generator such as this one. Keep in mind that you might want to throw in a couple connecting words, like and, with, at, the, and a. You could also take an article from a newspaper and cut up those words to make into a poem. The lines of the poem and the poem itself end whenever you decide. Here is our dada poem:
“Could you grass?”
said light green cat,
Tired and smooth.
“Stop, try candy fluff.”
Write a poem using your five senses.
Take an object and describe how it feels, looks, sounds, smells, and even tastes (as long as it is something that’s okay to taste!).
Paint Sample Poetry
Write a poem on a paint sample slip like you can get from a home improvement store. The poem can be about the main color, or inspired by the names of the colors.
Write a borrowed poem.
Borrowed poetry is created by borrowing lines or phrases from another source, such as an article or another poem.
We learned about this from Kwame Alexander, a poet and educator (on the At Home with Kwame page). He uses the poem, This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams, which is basically about asking for forgiveness for something you aren’t really sorry for doing. Once you think of a time like that in your life, you can replace words in the poem to reflect your experience. For example:
This is just to say
I have no
to turn in today.
Which you were
to count towards my grade.
I played outside instead
the sun was warm
and my friends were there.
The library has poetry books for every kind of person. Here are some of our favorites!
Today we are sharing a special booktalk to introduce you to children’s author Christina Soontornvat. We’ll meet her virtually this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and there’s still time to register! Kids can ask her questions about what it is like to be a writer, or tell her how much they like her books.
Watch this video to learn more about Christina Soontornvat’s novels for kids and her favorite things!
We would love to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get some letter writing practice, share stories, and ask us questions. Ask Youth staff for a book recommendation, or about their favorite school subject, color, dessert, animal, or anything that you would like to know. Share a story you read or even one that you wrote! Tell us a joke or attach a picture that you drew.
Send emails to Youth Services at email@example.com and we’ll respond within a day or two. We love to hear from everyone and see what you have been up to!