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PS32’s 5th Annual March Poetry Madness is on!

To encourage the love of poetry, strengthen our culture of literacy and community, we are having our 5th annual March Poetry Madness Tournament. 16 published poems will compete over 15 days with one winner decided on by students and staff. Last year’s 2016 winner was “Snowball” by Shel Silverstein. Who’s going to win it this year? Log into our PS32 VoiceThread site to check out the current standings and the poems that are in it to win it!

PS32 VoiceThread Site

Our PS32 VoiceThread site where students, staff and family can all interact online to discuss tournament poems, share new poetry and celebrate poetry!

How it works:  The P.S. 32 community will read and discuss the tournament poems through our PS32 VoiceThread website.  Our VoiceThread site has all the poems, information about the poets (links to their sites, links to contacting them, as well as video and text interviews),  and the tournament bracket (updated daily).  Through the VoiceThread site,  there are opportunities to post original poems and to share our thinking about poetry. Mr Marcus hopes everyone can participate in the PS32 Social Readia (Social Readia =Social Media + Books)!

Look for the PS32 PTA email with details about the PS32 VoiceThread link, student login accounts and more.  Students can participate by accessing the PS32 VoiceThread site from the PS32 Library or at home.  If you have any questions about using VoiceThread, usernames, or passwords please contact Mr Marcus,

Enjoy the madness! – Mr Marcus

2nd Grade Author-Illustrator Visit Nina Crews

Second Grade Author Visit
Nina Crews
Friday, March 24th, 2015 in the P.S. 32 library

Dear 2nd Graders & Parents,
We are excited to bring Brooklyn-based, acclaimed author-illustrator, Nina Crews, to our library to speak to the
second grade classes.

Please note, this talk is during school hours and is for the students only but we want to let parents know so they can help their kids get familiar with Nina’s books before the visit.

Nina will talk about where ideas come from, thinking in pictures, and using a camera and collage. She will also read from her books.

Before the visit
We have purchased some copies of the books shown above for the 2nd grade classrooms so students can become familiar with Nina’s work before the visit. There are also additional copies in the library that students may check out.

To make the most out of Nina’s visit:

  • Consider checking out Nina’s books from the school or public library.
  • Talk up the visit before the actual date. The more excited the kids are about it, the more they’ll get out of it.

For more information, visit Nina’s website at  If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our P.S. 32 Librarian, Adam, at We are looking forward to a great visit!

About the author
Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photo collages to create energetic stories about young children. Her career began in 1995 with One Hot Summer Day which Kirkus Reviews hailed as “the debut of a welcome new voice and vision.” Two of her books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable selections. Nina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

March and April is poetry time at PS 32!

April is National Month!April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Everyone can carry original poems and favorites by published poets to share throughout the day. It would be fun to trade poems and give them away as well. –  Adam, PS 32 Librarian

30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

  1. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  2. Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
  3. Sign up for Teach This Poem, a weekly series for teachers.
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
  11. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  12. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  13. Start a poetry reading group.
  14. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  15. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  16. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  17. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets.
  18. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
  19. Read about different poetic forms.
  20. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  21. Celebrate April 27, 2017. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.
  22. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  23. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths’s P.O.P (Poets on Poetry) videos.
  24. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Watch a poetry movie.
  28. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  29. Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring a line of poetry.
  30. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book The Life of Poetry.
  31. Celebrate Women’s History with a great collection of poems by women that have had a positive impact on all of us. In addition, as a build up to April and National Poetry Month, join in the March Poetry Madness Tournament.

Author-Illustrator Visit with George O’Connor

Dear Fourth Graders and Parents,

2016_GOConnorPoseidon-coverWe are excited to be bringing Brooklyn’s own New York Times bestselling graphic novel author and illustrator, George O’Connor, to our library on Wednesday, March 8 to speak to the 4th grade classes. Please note, this talk is during school hours and is for the students only but we want to let parents know so they can help their kids get familiar with George’s books before the visit. (more…)

Fourth & Fifth Grade Author Visit, Jan 31st

P.S. 32 is excited to welcome acclaimed author Paul Griffin on Tuesday, January 31st.  Paul will be speaking to our fourth and fifth grade classes about his 2016 young adult novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home.

Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

…handles hard topics with penetrating insight and honesty, while balancing painful moments with levity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review (more…)