In celebration of National Poetry Month, Tompkins County Public Library staff members will spend April 30, “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” distributing free poems throughout the community.
Launched in New York City in 2002, “Poem in Your Pocket Day” celebrates the rich history of pocket poems—from commonplace books during the Renaissance to pocket-sized publications carried by World War II soldiers. Since 2008, bookstores, schools, libraries, parks and businesses across the country have embraced “Poem in Your Pocket Day” by encouraging open readings of pocket poems.
This year’s poems were written by local poets who answered a January call for submissions with more than 100 original poems.
TCPL librarians will distribute the poems in the Library, on the Ithaca Commons, and in other select locations throughout the day. Poems will also be available at the Adult Services Reference Desk.
For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.