Poem In Your Pocket

April is National Poetry Month!

Every year in April the Skaneateles Library is invites Waterman students and our local businesses to support literacy and the love of reading! Every April the library – in collaboration with Waterman Primary School – sponsor Poem in Your Pocket Week. Please check our online calendar for specific dates.

Each child in grades K-2 is given a short poem at school to practice at home. During Poem in Your Pocket Week, students are invited to read their poems to staff members at participating businesses in Skaneateles any time during their open hours. The children will then receive a small prize or treat from the business to thank them for sharing.

We encourage Waterman kids and families to visit as many of the participating businesses as they like during Poem in Your Pocket Week. Visit one or visit them all, whatever fits into your schedule. And we hope you’ll stop by the library as well – we can’t wait to hear our students read their poems!

Based on Poem in Your Pocket Day started by the City of New York in 2002 and taken national by the Academy of American Poets in 2009, Poem in Your Pocket Week will give students a fun way to practice reading aloud. Kids are naturals at both rhyming and performing, so we think they’re the perfect ambassadors for poetry!


2017 Participating Businesses

1st National Gifts – 2 East Genesee Street, Aristocats & Dogs – 62 East Genesee Street, Bijou Hair Salon – 6 Jordan Street, Chamber of Commerce Office – 22 Jordan Street, Emma James Boutique – 3 East Genesee Street, Finger Lakes Realty Partners – 44 East Genesee Street, F. Oliver’s – 4 Jordan Street, Infused! – 37 Fennel Street, Mid-Lakes Navigation – 11 Jordan Street, Pomodoro – 61 East Genesee Street, Rhubarb Kitchen & Garden Shop – 59 East Genesee Street, Roland’s – 14 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles Library – 49 East Genesee Street, Town of Skaneateles Office – 24 Jordan Street, Village of Skaneateles Office – 26 Fennell Street, Williams Realty – 13 East Genesee Street, YMCA-Customer Service Desk – 97 State Street Road