Poem in your Pocket Day

I’ve been looking at a lot of public libraries that do “passive programming” lately. Basically, it’s an event or an activity that is put out on a table and people can make something, do something , or learn something at their own pace.

Since it’s testing season, I’m all about celebrating the little things. “Poem in your Pocket” day is a day that celebrates the inspiration power of poetry.

Working with teachers, I gathered a bunch of poems and put them on lunch tables. Students could read the poem, and if they wanted to be entered into a raffle, they could stop by the library and tell me about it. By the end of the school day, I already had a healthy number of raffles in my box!


I had lunch duty during 1st lunch and I was amazed with how well this simple program went. Students were confused about why there were papers on their lunch tables. Once they realized that they were poems, they read them, made some comments with to each other and pulled me over to ask questions. It was a nice change of pace for a testing day! The other teachers with lunch duty remarked that they had the same reactions from students.

Here’s where I found our poems:

  • Teacher recommendations
  • Poems to Learn by Heart compiled by Caroline Kennedy
  • The Library of Congress’ Poetry 180

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One thought on “Poem in your Pocket Day

  1. […] year, I celebrated National Poetry Month by bringing poetry to lunches for “Poem in your Pocket Day” This year I wanted to add to our […]


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