Library Celebrates Poetry Month

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April is National Poetry Month and thousands will carry a poem in their pocket on Thursday, April 29, for Poem in Your Pocket Day. The Ingram Library has celebrated Poetry Month by inviting the campus community and community residents to write a poem on walls throughout the building.

Built in 1968, the Ingram Library began its facelift in March to the sounds of jackhammers and falling cement. Now the construction project has gone poetic with hundreds of poems written in colorful inks by library patrons on temporary plaster walls.

Spurred by the celebration of National Poetry Month and the prospect of being surrounded by dull sheetrock for months, Ingram staff invited library goers to express themselves in limerick and rhyme on all three floors. And express themselves they did.

The walls will stay up through Phase I and II, possibly until next spring. Stop in for a tour and enjoy the hundreds of poems and witticisms. For more information on the renovation project, e-mail Anne Barnhart at

To find a poem, go to