It is time once again for the Annual Poetry Contest. Each year in honor of Poetry Month in April we hold a contest to find the finest poets in the land, and this year it might be you. We will have winners in every age category, and poems can be submitted anytime between April 1st to April 30th. It all leads to Poetry Night in May when the winners are announced and they get a chance to read their poems. Drop your poem by the library, or just email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name, address, phone number and age category; students should include their teacher’s name. Call or stop by the library for more details.



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