RhymeOn Poetry Events with Your King County Library System Community

Social distancing can be an emotional ride. Expressing yourself in poetry is a powerful way to take a breath, get in touch with how you are feeling, and capture a moment in time. It can also be silly and fun! All those things sound pretty good right about now! Below are some ways you can explore poetry with your King County Library System (KCLS) community, as suggested by Children's Librarian Deb.

Submit a Poem to Our Rhyme On! Poetry Contest

Grab your keyboard and creativity and send your original poem through our online form anytime between April 1-30. Open to all ages, with three categories: kids (ages 5-12), teens (ages 13-18), adults (19 and up). Three winners from each category will be announced on June 1, and have their poems featured on the KCLS website and social media.

Create a Haiku for the Sidewalk Haiku Project

Send your original 17-syllable haiku to KCLS-Newportway@kcls.org, and we will make an album of them on our Facebook page. Three selected haiku will also be stenciled with invisible “Rainworks” paint on the Newport Way Library sidewalks, and become visible when it rains. All ages and languages welcome.

Watch for Miss Sharon's Poetry Breaks on Facebook

Twice a week during April, beloved Maple Valley Librarian Miss Sharon will be posting video poetry shares. With Miss Sharon, you know it will be energetic, kid-friendly and fun!

Try Different Poetry Genres with the Weekly Viral Poetry Challenge

A writing challenge for brought to you by KCLS branch libraries Skyway, Renton, Renton Highlands, and Fairwood! Create and submit your poetry each Thursday by 5pm. All ages welcome.

  • April 9: Haikus
  • April 16: Limericks
  • April 23: Visual Poetry
  • April 30: Freestyle