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Found Poetry: Adult Take and Make Kit

Found Poem Completed
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April is National Poetry Month!  This month, try your hand at creating a “Found Poem.”  A Found Poem is poetry that you create out of words, letters and images you find elsewhere, like from old books or magazines.

A Found Poem kit is the Adult Take & Make craft for the month of April (while supplies last). Your assortment of “found” words will be in your Take & Make kit (envelope).  Assemble these random words into poetry or prose.  Feel free to modify as you see fit: cut up the words, cut out more words, decorate, and write in anything you want, in order to make it your own!

How to create your Found Poem:

1. Pick up your kit at your neighborhood library.  Your “kit” includes the envelope, the page for assembling and affixing the poem, numerous random and colorful words, and a pen.

Found Poem Supplies

You do not need to limit yourself to these word options, however.  Do whatever you need to do to make the poem your own!  Decorate, cut out or write in additional words, add pictures, you name it.

2. Assemble your chosen words into a poem.

Found Poem words

You do not need to use all of the words.  And feel free to trim any as you see fit.

Modifying Found Poem

3. Glue down.  Let dry.  Enjoy!

Found Poem Completed

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Kelly is a librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. As the Adult Programming Specialist, her focus is bringing adults the library programs they love.  (Kids can’t have ALL the fun!).  She reads strictly nonfiction and picture books.  She believes that anything you could ever need or want is located somewhere in the library.  Including friends.