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Cumming Library poetry exhibit to highlight environment, watershed
rivers of the world

If you go

What: River of Words exhibit honoring National Poetry Month
When: April 17-30; wacky poems program beginning Monday at 4 p.m.
Where: Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega St.
Cost: Free, suitable for all ages

The Forsyth County Public Library is honoring National Poetry Month in April by featuring a traveling exhibit of art and poetry at the Cumming Library.

River of Words, which opens Monday, April 17, features work by students across Georgia that demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for the environment and their local watershed, and several Forsyth County students’ pieces will be featured.

“Library staff will help participants learn about limericks, haiku and free verse by reading popular poems and playing poetry-themed games,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the four-branch library system. “Participants can then write their own poetry and have the option to display it in the library in honor of the River of Words exhibit.”

The show is part of a national competition coordinated by the Georgia Center for the Book and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), which is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Forsyth County has several winners from Shiloh Point, Matt and Brookwood elementary schools.

On Monday, the Cumming Library will host a wacky poems program for children in grades 3-5. The program is aimed at encouraging students to explore and enjoy various types of poetry by being silly and playing with words.

The exhibit will also offer a blackout poetry station, which is geared more towards teens and adults.

Blackout poetry is written by taking a page from a book or newspaper and coloring over unwanted words with a black marker, leaving only the writer’s desired words to create a poem or tell a story, Bradley said.

“The library will provide recycled book pages for participants to use at the station,” Bradley said. “Poets who wish to display their completed blackout poems can give them to a library staff member to display in the library.”

The exhibit is suitable for all ages and will run from April 17-30, with the Wacky Poems program starting at 4 p.m. April 17.

For more information, visit www.forsythpl.org.