Share A Favorite Poem
November 19, 2006 from 12:30 to 3:00pm in the Petty Auditorium

As part of the Skokie Reads! celebration, Skokie Public Library is sponsoring a Favorite Poetry Afternooon on Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 12:30 to 3:00pm in the Library’s Petty Auditorium. This event will be introduced by WGN Radio personality Rick Kogan and will consist of people reading the poems they love with other members of the Skokie community.

Poetry Reading by Beryl Cook

Poetry Reading by Beryl Cook
Copyright © Alexander Gallery, 2004

Who may read a poem at this event?
Anyone of any age, from children to seniors.

What’s expected of those who read?
If selected to participate, you will be asked to read a poem before an audience of fellow community members and say a few words about what the poem means to you.

What poem can I read?
You can read any published poem that touches you in a meaningful way. The poem may be taken from a book, magazine, or other publication. The poem may in English or any other language.

How much time will I have to read?
Participants will be limited to five minutes to read and speak about their chosen poems. If you want to read from a long poem, be sure you choose an excerpt short enough to be read in five minutes.

Can I read my own poem or that of my friend or relative?
Sorry, not for this event. The Favorite Poetry Afternoon is based on a model developed by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky which specifies that poems read cannot be those of the reader.

I want to share my favorite poem! What do I need to do to participate?
Submit a copy of the poem you want to read along with your name and contact information to the collection box at the Skokie Public Library’s Readers' Service Desk by Tuesday, October 31. (If you are a student, please include the name of your school as well.) You can also mail your poem and contact information to , Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois 60077. You will be notified by Saturday, November 4 regarding your participation at the reading. Because space at the reading is limited, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to read at this event.

I don’t want to read a poem. Can I still attend the reading?
Absolutely! All are welcome to attend this event and listen to great poems.