Poets in Anderson County, professional and amateur, are invited to submit an original poem for the Anderson County Library System’s Eighth Annual Poetry Contest. Submissions are open February 15 through March 19 for anyone ages 12 and up who lives, works, or own property in Anderson County.
The Library’s annual poetry contest is an opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Month held each April and highlight the creativity and artistic talent in the Anderson community. Poems entered into the contest will be published in an anthology, which is available to preorder and will be added to the Library’s collections. Past anthologies are available to check out from any of the Library’s nine branches.
Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality by Dr. Bob Hanley of Anderson University. One adult and one teen will be selected for a grand prize and a complimentary printed copy of the anthology. Winners of the Poetry Contest will be announced on Friday, April 30.
Express your creativity and submit your original poem online or pick up and submit your paper entry form to any Anderson County Library location.
The 7th Annual Poetry Contest winners were Tate Gee (teens category) for her poem “I Know I’m in the Water At Some Point” and Conny Palacios (adults category) for her poem “Anderson the City Where I Live.” Hear the winning poets read their poems. In the teens category, the first runner up was Owen O’Halloran’s “Living Things” and second runner up was Gabe Santistevan’s “When I Grow Old.” In the adults category, the first runner up was Marc Franks’s poem “Someday” and the second runner up was Tabitha Simmons’s poem “Daughter.”
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Bonus: Join the Facebook group Upstate Reads to share what you’re reading and get recommendations and challenges from our librarians!
Spend Time with Family
With storytime, early literacy skills, take-home activities, and trivia, the Library has great free events to help your family spend quality time together.
Bonus: Research your family’s history with AncestryLibrary and the Library’s genealogy resources. At-home access to AncestryLibrary has been extended through March 31!
Learn and Improve Skills
Take online classes on hundreds of subjects at your own pace with Universal Class, or get practice tests for high school, college, and careers with LearningExpress Library. Need some extra help? Access Tutor.com with your library card for one-on-one assistance.
Bonus: Watch award-winning on-demand courses and lectures with The Great Courses on RB Digital!
Sew, knit, bake, paint, and decorate with hundreds of classes and projects from Creativebug, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Bonus: Look for monthly Take ‘n Make craft kits and Creative Crafters videos from the Library!
Explore downtown magic with the storefront storywalk in Anderson! Visit downtown Anderson this December for a special, self-paced walking tour of the book The Magic Snowflake by local artist and author Scott Foster. The illustrations and text of each page in the book will be featured in store windows along Main Street. Start with page 1 at Belle Beauty, then follow the map on the sidewalk and read the magical story, or have the book come to life in a dramatic reading podcast produced by Market Theatre!
Storywalks are a great way for families to share the magic of reading, and the downtown storefront storywalk is the perfect opportunity to bring a love of reading and practice literacy skills while supporting downtown Anderson. After you finish the story, visit Carolina Wren Park for Holiday Ice, take pictures by the Christmas tree, or visit one of the local businesses that have copies of The Magic Snowflake available for purchase.
Visit the Anderson Main Library for a special scavenger hunt based on the book, then check out The Magic Snowflake or explore additional books perfect for the holidays. Complete the scavenger hunt and be entered in a drawing for a copy of the book and other fun prizes. Children can also pick up a Take ‘n Make snowflake ornament kit, and adults can pick up a Take ‘n Make craft kit to make a winter evening scene.
This unique event is presented by the City of Anderson in partnership with the Anderson County Library System, with a dramatic podcast by Market Theatre.