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Books + Poetry + Rainy Day = Book Spine Poetry!

Poetry springs eternal, pandemic  be darned!  The month of April can mean many things to different people, but to me, April Showers and the National Poetry Month designation stand out.  So, on a recent rainy day stuck at home, I ransacked my personal library collection to create poetry from book spine titles.   Let these following examples be a springboard for your own book spine poems. Gather the family round and get creative.   See how many poems you can create by throwing in cookbooks, graphic novels, manuals and children’s books to the usual fiction and non-fiction mix.

Take a photo of your book spine poems, include the text, and email it to us at contactcirc@nevinslibrary.org.

For more inspiration, view past years’ book spine poetry from the Nevins Library.

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Check out our Instagram for other poems from our creative library staff. 


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One Minute Book Review: The Road Between

Cover image for The road betweenThe Road Between by Courtney Peppernell

I am a huge fan of new age contemporary poetry. However, I’m an even bigger fan of Peppernell’s The Road Between. Something about this book reached right into my soul and dragged me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I remember sitting up late in my dorm room, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of eggnog, reading this book. I had to keep putting it down and giving myself breaks because it was too much to take in all at once, but I read the whole book that night. I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Peppernell spoke right to my very being. It was as if she had read my thought and put them on the paper for me, it was so personal and relatable. 100/10, I would recommend this book, even to those who aren’t poetry fans. It’s beautifully written and it will (definitely) make you cry.  

∼ Samm, Library Page

The Road Between
by Courtney Peppernell
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017


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Poetry Contest Winners!

April is National Poetry Month, a time we librarians LOVE because it gives us every excuse to show off the beauty of poetry.  This year, to get ready for this celebration, the Nevins Library held a poetry contest for Methuen residents.  We had no idea that we had so many aspiring poets in our midst!  45 different poets submitted 55 poems for consideration in the contest.  There were different age categories, as well as a special prize for “Best on Theme”, the theme being Earth, Sea and Sky.  Panels of librarians read the poems in different category groupings, and after much deliberation, came up with these wonderful winners!  The winners have been announced in this month’s MethuenLife Magazine and on our Facebook page.  We also have a display of the winning poems inside the library, near the main desk.  The winning poems will also be featured on our Facebook page every Monday during the month of April.  Thank you to all who entered.  Congratulations to the winners!

Kindergarten – 4th grade category: Samiha Jaffar Ali for the poem “Love is Peace!”
5th to 8th grade category: Ablah Maryam Siddiq for the poem “The Earth”
Adult category: Anna Hadley for “The Days of Earth, Sea, and Sky”
Best on Theme of Earth, Sea, and Sky: Poem #2 by Patty Coco