Southborough Public Library to host Poetry Festival in April

Ian Williams is one of several local poets who will take part in the Southborough Library’s Poetry Festival (Photo from

April is going to be a busy month at the Southborough Library. All month the library will host a poetry festival, featuring poetry readings by a number of local authors, poetry writing workshops, and for the kids, poetry, rhyming, and music events.

Here’s the lineup. All events are free and open to the public.

For adults:

  • Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m: Reading and performance by poet Marlon Carey, who brings a youthful approach to poetry.
  • Thursdays, April 8, 15 and 22, 3:30 p.m., Poetry Writing workshops for ages 14 and up: Thursday, April 8, Poetry and Image; April 15, Poetry and Music; Poetry and Mystery, April 22, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Come to one or to all three workshops and perfect your poetry writing skill.
  • Friday, April 9, 3:30 p.m., “My Favorite Poem” reading – bring your favorite poem, and read it to the group, or have someone read it for you.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. The Worcester County Poetry Association presents readings by the top three winners of the 2009 Poetry Writing Contest.
  • Wednesday, April 21, 4:00 p.m., join the Daughters of the British Empire for a Tea Party event, with readings from the English poets read by these British women. Bring a favorite English poem, and have them read it for you!
    Friday, April 23, 3:30 p.m., poetry reading by Anna Catone, Southborough Library’s “Poet in Residence,” also featuring poetry from the Thursday workshops.
  • On Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m., a poetry reading by Ian Williams, a published poet and English Professor from Fitchburg State College.

In the Children’s Room:

  • Saturday events, April 3, Music Together with David Garden.
  • Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m., Author Diane Root visits and reads her rhyming book, Solomon Sire and the Fantastic Fib to children.
  • Saturday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m., Jennifer and Colin White read from their rhyming book On the Edge with Cool Head Luke.
  • Thursday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. a Poetry/Limerick/Tongue Twister Contest – with prizes!
  • Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m., a Rhyming Alphabet Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers.
    Visiting poets are being funded through a grant from the Southborough Local Arts Council. The Friends of the Library will provide refreshments for the Poetry Festival events.

Please call the library (508-485-5031) for more information, or to register for any event. Check on line at the library’s web site ( for updates and more details about each event.

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