In April, we celebrated National Poetry Month by featuring poets and poetry books in our social media channels. We also invited our Twitter friends to join us in creating poetry online together.
During the week of April 21st through 25th, we switched our focus from reading poetry to writing poetry and experimented with an interactive Twitter event: our first-ever Bookshare Community Poetry Jam!
You, our fun-loving Bookshare members, educators, volunteers, parents, and accessibility advocates, rocked this event with creativity, sentiment, humor, and love. During the week, anyone could tweet lines of poetry day or night using the #PoetryJam hashtag.
Our staff suggested daily themes, retweeted participants’ poetry, held poetry jam “office hours” for live interaction, and tweeted a few poems of their own. With plenty of real-time interaction and poems both serious and silly, we consider our experiment a success! Thanks to all who participated or helped to spread news of the event.
Here are just a few of the wonderful poems you tweeted:
Poem tweeted by @CanesEagle1 (Jimmy Vonderlinden): “listening is reading, and with reading comes a more open mind.”
Poem by Madilyn, age 9, tweeted by educator @WePerceive: “An octopus wearing a hat; a cat sitting on a mat. A giraffe reading a book about how to cook.”
Earth Day haiku tweeted by @keregan (Kerri Regan): “Listen to the birds, Feel the breeze ruffle your hair, This is your planet.”
Poem tweeted by Brie of @Fedora_Outlier: “Read with out your eyes. Listen to the words spoken out loud. Books are always a joy.”
Poem tweeted by @JonDresner: “I have many books I have not read all of them… but I still want more.”
For extra fun, we used Storify to turn each day’s tweets into a story. You can link to them below and let us know which poems are your favorites by leaving a comment on this blog, Facebook or Twitter.
Day 1: Monday reading and the craving for chocolate bunnies.
Day 2: In celebration of Earth Day, nature-themed haiku.
Day 3: For World Book Day, poems about books and authors.
Day 4: Poems incorporating book titles.
Day 5: Bookshare haiku and poetry jam wrap-up.
Get Ready for More Fun!
Are you ready for more fun Bookshare events and contests? Our Summer of Sleuths Reading Contest is just about to start! Stay connected to Bookshare on our social media channels for more product updates, cool stories, events, and popular book titles.
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