Poetry Month at ESA


Poetry Month begins tomorrow, April 1st.  This year’s theme is Poetry City.

Featured contests:

  • Poetry Bookmark Contest
  • Drummond Poetry Contest
  • Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest (and the Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest)

There are copies of the information sheets for each of the above at the Library Circulation Desk, or see your English teacher.

The Collaborative Urban Poem Project: Physical and Digital

  • The Physical Poem
  • Poem to be created on a giant sheet of paper on the big Library whiteboard.
  • The idea is to create a city of/with words.

Other ESA activities/events:

  • There is also a bulletin board display outside the Library.  We will be building a city made of poems, day by day, over the course of the month.
  • There will also be poetry readings on the announcements each day.
  • Miscellaneous will be back.  Date(s) TBA.

Other public events:


After School Closures

The Library will be closing early today, Friday March 28th…  immediately after school.

The Library will also be closed after school on Monday…  March 31st, on account of a meeting.

Apologies for any inconvenience. We’ll be open for business as usual again after school on Tuesday.

Thursday March 27th: OSSLT

Reminder that Thursday is Literacy Test day.  The Library will be open most of the day, but not always available for business.

If you are not writing the Literacy Test, stay home and get caught up on any outstanding work.  Or, consider writing a submission to the Writer’s Trust Student Non-Fiction Writing Contest.  Details available at this blog posting.

Writer’s Trust Student Non-Fiction Writing Contest: Last Call

Writer's Trust Student Non-Fiction

Full details available at the Writer’s Trust website.  Summary details are as follows:

Submission requirements

  • Literary Non-Fiction (journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, social/political criticism, history, biography)
  • 1000 – 2000 words
  • demonstrate a distinctive voice
  • no fee to enter
  • all Canadian Gr 9 – 12 students eligible


  • trip for two to Toronto including tickets to Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Gala and VIP Reception
  • $500
  • $250

Deadline for Entries

  • Entries must be received before midnight on March 31st, 2014

Contest Jury

See the website, Ms. Wray, or your English Teacher for additional details.

Poetry in Voice: National Finalist

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It is with the greatest of pleasure that we announce that our ESA English winner, Grade 10 student Ian Hogeboom-Burr, has been selected to participate in the National Finals for Poetry in Voice.

Ian has won an all expenses paid trip to the finals, to be held in Vancouver BC in early May.

We wish Ian the best of luck and will keep everyone posted as the date approaches.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

May the luck of the Irish be with you today!

Drop by for a visit and perhaps some of my Irish luck will rub off if you are in short supply…

More new books – and DVD’s – are in the process of being readied for circulation.

Take a preview sneak peak at some exciting new poetry selections in our run up to April and National Poetry Month.  The poetry section of the Library collection is in the process of being re-vamped.  Stay tuned for more information.