the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title
Amy Bradley, Innovation Leadership Program Resident
Library, School, or Organization Name
Los Angeles Public Library
Area of the World from Which You Will Present
Los Angeles, CA
Language in Which You Will Present
LIS students, YA librarians
Short Session Description
How-to tips for running successful poetry programming by partnering with poets, educators & non-profits
Full Session Description
Poetry is a way for teens to express themselves and explore identity, and can be a lot of fun when presented in relevant ways they can meaningfully connect with. For teen boys in particular, poetry workshops are one of the few places in which it’s socially acceptable for them to explore their feelings. Additionally, research shows that learning through the arts can help level the playing field for youth from disadvantaged communities--they are more likely to receive better grades, stay in school longer and have fewer behavioral problems than peers who are not.
This spring I directed a successful poetry program for socio-economically disadvantaged teens in Northeast Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Public Library. I worked with leading Angeleno poets, local teachers and non-profits to offer poetry workshops, author readings, a teen poetry reading and publish a chapbook that was added to the library’s collection. Social media as a key part of the program.
This session will outline what I did, and provide tips for librarians interested in hosting teen or tween poetry programs themselves.
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