Poetry @Makerspace

Scenes from Poetry Makers at Redwood City Public Library! Mayor Giselle Hale of Redwood City issued the Proclamation for National Poetry Month and we successfully launched the Makerspace Poetry Lab pilot project for all ages, the first of its kind in San Mateo County, which integrates the arts into the library's makerspace program. We will be making poems and exploring ideas for poems using the tools in the makerspace every Wednesday night in April. All events are open to all ages, except for Poetry Teen Makers on April 16. Participating poets include San Mateo County Poets Laureate Emerita Lisa Rosenberg & Caroline Goodwin, Redwood City teacher and poet Coco Peezy, and South San Francisco’s Kevin Madrigal Galindo, author of Hell/a Mexican.

As the late and great poet and peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh said, “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be  no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper... As thin as this sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it.” Which is another way to refer to systems thinking, poetry and makerspaces, which are all ways of looking at the world in terms of relationships and possibilities. Happy National Poetry Month and Happy National Library Week!

*This was the 6th #NationalPoetryMonth proclamation in #SanMateoCounty ❤️

Schedule of proclamations: 
County of San Mateo, April 5 at 9am
City of Pacifica, March 28 at 7pm
City of Burlingame, April 4, 7pm
City of San Mateo, April 4 at 7pm
City of Redwood City, April 6, 6:30pm
City of Brisbane, April 7 at 7:30pm
City of Menlo Park, April 12 at 6pm
City of San Bruno, April 12 at 7pm
City of Belmont, April 12 at 7pm
City of Half Moon Bay, April 19 at 7pm
City of Daly City, April 25 at 7pm
City of East Palo Alto
Midcoast Community Council (representing Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Princeton, and Miramar)
#sanmateocounty #speakpoetryinsanmateocounty #STEAM

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