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National Poetry Month Contest (Grades K-12)

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration, Kenosha Public Library is hosting its annual Poetry Contest! This year's theme is "Acrostic Poems!"

Who is eligible?
Students are eligible in four categories:

  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

What do I have to do?

  • Write an acrostic poem (the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase). The poem must fit on one page.
  • The poem must be your own original work and, if possible, typed.  Entries that are reworkings of published poems will not be accepted.
  • Turn in your poem and entry form (click HERE or pick up at your local branch) before 9 PM on Tuesday, April 30th.


What are the prizes? 

Gift cards will be awarded to the first, second, and third place poems in each category. 

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, and adherence to contest guidelines.  Entries will not be returned, so please make a copy of your creation before turning in your poem! We read every poem submitted, but unfortunately, we cannot call everyone to notify them of their poem’s status.  Only authors of winning poems will be contacted. 

Winners will be notified by Tuesday, May 7th.

KPL Teen Volunteers

Are you friendly, creative, and responsible? Do you like working with younger children? Are you 14-17 years old? Then you might be a good fit to volunteer at the Kenosha Public Library! 

Our teen volunteers sign up for opportunities (like assisting with children's programs) that fit their schedule, interests, and abilities. There is never a pre-set schedule. We want our teen volunteers to have a fun, rewarding experience.

If you're interested, the first step is to complete this application. You will then be invited to come in for an interview. If we think you're a good fit, you will be invited to join our "squad" of teen volunteers and attend an in-person orientation. Teen volunteers are required to reaffirm their interest in continuing to volunteer and attend another group orientation session in the Spring of each year.

Have any questions? Reach out to Alejandria the Teen Services Librarian at 262-564-6150.

So You Loved "Dumplin'?" (Read-Alike/Watch-Alike)


Did you tear up as much as I did while watching Danielle McDonald as Willow in Netflix's "Dumplin'?" As a huge Dolly Parton fan and a fan of the Young Adult book by Julie Murphy, I was super pumped for this movie, and Director Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal) did not disappoint.

Once you've read/watched "Dumplin'" and its sequel, "Puddin'," check out these books and movies: 


   Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey 


Covers of Books to Read if You Liked "Dumplin." Collage of American Panda by Gloria Chao, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Fat Girl on a Plan by Kelly deVos, and The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander

 "Fat Girl on a Plane" by Kelly deVos

 "Upside of Unrequited" by Becky Albertalli

  "American Panda" by Gloria Chau

  "Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray

  "Meet Cute" (short stories) edited by Jennifer Armentrout

  "The Sweetheart of Prosper County" by Jill S. Alexander

  "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler 



   "Sierra Burgess is a Loser" starring Shannon Purser (Barb from "Stranger Things") and Noah Centineo

Dumplin' Movie Collage

Collage of film posters for films to watch if you like "Dumplin'" Films include Sierra Burgess is a Loser, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Love, Simon, and Hearts Beat Loud
  "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo

  "Love, Simon" starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Alexandra Shipp 

  "Hearts Beat Loud" starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons  

  "Midnight Sun" starring Bella Thorne

  "The Fosters" (TV SHOW) on Freeform (available on Netflix)

  "On My Block" (TV SHOW) on Netflix

  "Atypical" (TV SHOW) on Netflix 



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