Poet and You Know It

16 Apr Poet and You Know It

Happy Poetry Month!


The La Porte County Public Library is participating in the world’s largest literary celebration along with school, publishers, and booksellers everywhere. Poetry Month highlights the vital place of poetry in American culture.


Did you know that the La Porte County Public Library visits senior living facilities around La Porte? Not only do we bring materials for residents to check out twice a month, but our librarians bring enriching presentations to these communities. This month, we are presenting on the life and poetry of the American poet Maya Angelou. We researched our presentation on LitFinder, a service offered on INSPIRE, the Indiana State Library’s online location. Your library card provides access to over 40 databases with high-quality information.


If you don’t live at one of these communities and would like to learn about Maya Angelou or other poets and poetry, you can access a wealth of resources at the library and online.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Did you know that the Library has a video streaming service that allows you to stream movies wherever you are? You can watch this biography about Maya Angelou on your smartphone, tablet, or TV for free with your library card.

For Every One

by Jason Reynolds

We have poetry ebooks, too. Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.


Search our catalog for materials on poetry and see what you find.

Poetry: An Introduction gives readers the vocabulary to appreciate poetry.

Find some side-splitting poems by Ogden Nash or Shel Silverstein to brighten everyone’s day.


For help finding movies, books, and more on poetry, stop into any of our seven locations or speak to a librarian by calling (219) 362-6156 or, as always, laportelibrary.org