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Apr 05

Homeschool Huddle: Book Club & Poetry Month

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on April 5, 2021 at 12:15 PM by Elizabeth Land

Welcome to the Homeschool Huddle, where we share announcements for our homeschool community. For more information about our services for homeschoolers, call the Tabb Youth Services desk at 757-890-5110 or email us at

It's April so it is time for some spring reading!In this month's homeschool huddle we share information about our book club and activities for Nat

This month's Booklastic books are...Geronimo Stilton for K-2nd, and Waylong! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker for our 3rd to 5th graders. Our Booklastic Book Clubs will be held on Tuesday, April 27, through Zoom. K through 2nd Graders meet at 11:30 a.m. and 3rd through 5th graders meet at 12:30 p.m. Register to get your Zoom link by calling Tabb at 757-890-5110 or Yorktown at 757-890-3236, or by visiting our Online Event Calendar.

But wait there's more! April is National Poetry Month, so our teen and tween homeschoolers can stop by the library during the week of April 19 to find their to-go packs in the Young Adult section! The packs contain everything you need to create your own blackout poetry. To learn more about this program, check out tomorrow's Teen Tuesdays post. And don't forget that we will also be offering a teen and tween activity kit while supplies last. April's kit will challenge you to reuse egg cartons, boxes and more to create art.

Looking for more library fun? Check our Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or our website to stay up-to-date on everything your library has to offer! And don't forget to subscribe to our Youth Services Update newsletter to get each month's news and book reviews emailed directly to you!

Apr 06

Teen Tuesdays: Blackout Poetry

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on April 6, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Teen Tuesdays posts feature news and reviews teens and tweens.

04062021_blackoutpoetryartApril is National Poetry Month! YCPL is celebrating with a way for teens to get creative with a form of found poetry called Blackout Poetry.

Blackout Poetry is where you select words that catch your interest from a newspaper, book, or other printed text – along with a few additional words to make it flow. Then you redact all the words you don't want. Your chosen words will form a new message, giving the text a whole new meaning. Once you form your poem, you can decorate the page or simply black out the words you didn't use. In the example at right, blue swirls were added to lead the reader through the poem. Stop by the Youth Services desk at either the Tabb or Yorktown Libraries to pick up mini kits during the week of April 19-24.

If you need inspiration for your blackout poetry, we have lots of great resources! Check out this list of poetry books for some ideas.

Tag(s): Teens, Poetry, Craft

Jul 27

YA Reads: Teen novels in verse

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 11:57 AM by Elizabeth Land

Staff Note: Young Adult Reads is a series of posts reviewing items that are geared toward teens, but are of interest to all York County Public Library readers.

Book cover for The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderIn honor of National Poetry Month, this month’s YA Reads post is highlighting teen books written in verse. According to, a verse novel “filters the devices of fiction through the medium of poetry." The novel may be comprised of a series of short verse poems or one long poem. Some authors also incorporate a sense of visual style to their work as well.

YA verse novels often deal with complex social issues, emotional or physical problems, or turbulent situations. The quick pace of the novels may resonant with reluctant teen readers. In addition, readers who are not the biggest fans of poetry may enjoy verse novels due to their sense of narrative and plot.

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