Literacy Department eNewsletter
Thursday July 23, 2020
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Host a Poetry Tea Party
This week's newsletter is full of ideas and suggestions to host a socially distanced outdoor event to celebrate poetry and the love of literacy with friends and family.

A Poet-Tea is good for all ages, for those who write poetry and/or enjoy reading others poems, and can be customized to suit your preferences.

Enjoy a beautiful summer day in the company of loved ones and literature. Ask each guest to bring their favorite poem to recite.

Get Party Food Ideas from Magazines Online!
Check out Food Network magazine or Food and Wine magazine for recipes and entertaining ideas. Digital versions are available on Flipster. Find eMagazines HERE

Invitations and Decor
Practice different lettering techniques and designs with Creative Bug!

Find step-by-step directions on the tutorial Watercolor Lettering: A Daily Practice HERE

Poetry Books - Explore Poetry, Reading it and Writing it

Invite guests to bring a favorite poem to recite, but have a few extra poetry books on hand to share. There are many poetry eBooks and audiobooks available digitally through Hoopla and Overdrive for both children and adults.

Find instructional books to help write your own poems. Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher is a good book for kids. Find it HERE

If you’d rather watch a video to learn more about the techniques and forms of poetry, watch Forms of Literature: Poetry on Kanopy HERE

Music for your Poet-Tea
Play ambient background music to create a relaxing and comfortable environment. Try downloading the album Music to Relax on Freegal. Enjoy two hours of music to relieve stress and calm the body and mind.

This album is a great addition to your daily life. Download it HERE

Or click on the image Music to Relax to download.

Staff Picks - How to Eat a Poem on Hoopla Digital
Liz recommends the poetry book How To Eat a Poem: A Smorgasbord of Tasty and Delicious Poems for Young Readers by American Poetry & Literacy Project and Academy of American Poets.

Do you love poetry? Do you have a favorite poem or poet that you’ve often shared with friends or family? Perhaps you recited a poem or two when the occasion arose. My question is this: just how long have you been walking around with the same poem? Perhaps it’s time to try on some new poetry. How to Eat a Poem is a wonderful anthology of poems, both new and old. Many are light, charming, and nice for reciting on a warm summer night.

Find seventy poems in this book including “Hope is the Thing with Feathers,“ by Emily Dickenson or “Prickled Pickles Don’t Smile,” by Nikki Giovanni. Younger children will recognize contemporary beloved poet Shel Silverstein. Although the title suggests that the poems are for Young Readers, I think of it more as a book of poetry for families, delivering something for everyone. Why not have members of your family try on some new poetry and include it in your family fun: poetry recitals around the dinner table, around the campfire, or during a long road trip. The digital format allows anyone to read (or recite) a poem from their digital device.

Check it out on Hoopla HERE

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