February 16, 2012

Library Blackout Poetry

One of the teen activities my library has have planned for this spring is blackout poetry - this is a simple activity that doesn't require much material or preparation in advance. We're doing this in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. I've seen several examples of blackout poetry online, and I decided to try it out myself and share my first attempt at it. 

You can use newspaper articles, book pages, or magazine/journal pages. Since February is Library Lovers Month, I decided I wanted to do a library themed blackout poem, so I picked up an old edition of College & Research Libraries News that I had in my office and opened it to a random page. 

I went through the page and underlined or circled words that I wanted to use to make a poem. 

I used a black marker to color in the rest of the page, leaving only the words in my poem visible. 
Here is my completed blackout poem (with a little added punctuation): 

Come to the library!
Our job - 
Value our patrons
Guide to resources, books
Promote content
Select
Ask questions
Provide information
Envision
Proceed
Explore
Think
Librarians: We're significant.

Ok, so it's a little cheesy, but I had fun doing it. A twist on the blackout poetry is to turn it into a work of art with color and designs. Here is one example that I found on Pinterest:


How cool is that? I would definitely frame this and hang it on my wall. 

Have you ever tried blackout poetry? 

5 comments:

Katie DeKoster said...

I've never even heard of blackout poetry! The Pinterest poem is so pretty. Thanks for sharing this idea!

Jennie said...

I think it is awesome that you are doing such great things with the youth at your library!

Jo said...

What a cool idea! If it's ok with you, would like to share this idea with my library colleagues. :)

Super Librarian said...

Feel free to share!

Rachel said...

This is going to be our Craft N Go program when the teens get back from Spring break. Should be interesting!

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