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Playing with Words


Celebrate spring with free music, rhymes, poetry, stories and more.


Programs

Giggle Me This: A Pun-Fueled Dance Party Show

Presented by Recess Monkey.
Family program, all ages welcome
Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to rock! Join this award-winning band for a hysterical collection of pun-fueled songs.
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The Poet’s Magic Show

Presented by Thomas H. Pruiksma.
Ages 4 and older.
What happens when you combine poetry, storytelling, and magic? You discover the ways language can inspire your dreams and fire the imagination!
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The Boy Who Loved Band-Aids Concert with Stories

Presented by Courtney Campbell.
Family program, all ages welcome.
How do you make up a story and turn it into a song? Join this talented musician and performer to discover the secrets of capturing ideas to create original stories that can also become lyrics.
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Rhymes & Beats: Playing with Words When Rhythm Counts Show

Presented by Global Heat Hip Hop Soul Band.
Ages 5 and older.
Stringing words together to create lyrics is the work of Hip Hop Rappers. Learn how they use influences from their own lives to make their music and then put it with dance for a show that can be meaningful, educational, and fun.
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A Cat and a Hat and an Elephant, Too! Magic Show

Presented by Xakary the Magician.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Be amazed and surprised at this magical tribute to many favorite books by Dr. Seuss, including Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Fox in Sox and more.
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Meet the Author: Patrick Flores-Scott

Ages 12 and older.
Join the author of Jumped In, and discover how a struggling reader overcame many personal and family issues to become a writer and successfully publish a book.
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Poetry Unjudged Open Slam

Featuring Patrick-Flores Scott
Grades 6-12.
Join this award-winning author and poet for a special evening of poetry. Present your work – spoken word, any style – in an open slam environment that is unjudged. Then enjoy original poetry read by the author of Jumped In.
Limit of four minutes per participant. Free snacks provided.
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Poetry in Music, Music in Poetry

Presented by Primal Mates.
Ages 10 and older.
Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the cello, vibraphone, and voice for a truly unique listening experience as this chamber jazz duo combines poetry from a variety of writers. Songs range from Shakespeare to Kerouac.
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U is for Ukelele

Presented by Harmonica Pocket.
Family program, all ages welcome.
The ABCs come to life when favorite nursery rhymes, beloved books, and original songs are mixed up with playful skits to celebrate reading and the alphabet.
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The Word Play and Noise Makers Concert

Presented by The Hoots.
Family program, all ages welcome.
Sing, clap, stomp, and even play along!
This award-winning band plays music rooted in folk, Americana and Rock. They mix up their shows with well-known crowd favorites from the 50s to the present, and always encourage audience participation.
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Developing the Author Within Writing Workshop

Presented by Janet Wong.
Ages 10 and older.
If you have an idea for a book, you can write and publish it!
This acclaimed author will share the story of her publishing journey and help you develop your own writing to prepare it for digital publication.
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Making Poetry STUFF Workshop

Presented by Janet Wong.
Ages 8 and older.
Celebrate Keep a Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30!
This talented author and published poet will lead a hands-on workshop to create little poem cards or chapbook anthologies. Think of this as "Etsy Poetry 101,” inspiring you to decorate and embellish your life with words!
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Exploring Home, the Poetry on Buses Project

Presented by Michelle Penaloza.
Ages 12 and older.
Some of us were born here. Some of us traveled thousands of miles to be here. No matter the distance, be it by ocean or bus ride, the places we call home draw us near. Explore "home" together through poetry readings from some of this year's “Poetry on Buses” and through poetry that we will write together. Come for the performance and stay for the poetry writing workshop.
Co-Sponsored by 4Culture.
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Writing Haiku: A Goal Setting Workshop

Presented by Michael Dylan Welch.
Ages 12 and older
What goals do you set when you write haiku? Explore the facts and fallacies of writing haiku poetry in English. Includes writing exercises and an opportunity to work directly with a published poet.
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Teen Poetry Writing Workshop

Presented by Daemond Arrindell.
Grades 6–12.
Explore writing your own poetry with this talented poet, performer and teaching artist.
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Poetry Coffeehouses

Teens & Friends Poetry Coffee House

Grades 6-12.
Teens, invite your friends and family! Come for open mic poetry and short prose readings. Read your own work, a favorite piece, or the work of a friend. Coffee, treats, and a welcoming atmosphere provided.
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All Ages Poetry Coffeehouse

Read your poetry and win prizes at this open mic and poetry competition. There will be three categories based on age groups: Children, Teen, and Adult. Five judges from our esteemed poetry community will listen to the poems and award prizes to each group. Everyone is welcome to enjoy refreshments and poetry!
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Community Poetry Coffeehouse

All ages welcome
Share your poetry and spoken word skills with your friends and neighbors.
All poets and writers welcome.
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Young Writer's Coffee House Challenge

Grades 6-12.
Attention writers, artists and FanFiction creators, fame (some) and fortune (yes, cash) could be yours! You could win cash prizes and be published in the library’s chapbook. The best FanFic or mascot art could earn you a spot as the Tosho-Con 4 Fan Guest of Honor. All winning entries will be honored at the Young Writers’ and Artists’ Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 23 at the Duvall Library.
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Young Writers’ and Artists’ Coffeehouse

Grades 6-12
Join the winners of the writing challenge for coffee and treats as we celebrate their creations at the 15th Annual Coffeehouse with a poetry slam and prize awards.
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Last Updated: 03/18/15