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And the 2017 March Poetry Madness Tournament winner is…

“Lazyhead” by Calef Brown

It was a tough battle to the end but P.S. 32 has spoken!  The winner of the 2017 5th Annual March Poetry Madness Tournament is Calef Brown’s poem, “Lazyhead”!

Thanks to all in the P.S. 32 Community and the PS32 Poetry Club for participating in our 5th Annual March Madness Poetry Tournament.  How did your favorite poem do?  Check out the final tournament bracket results!

We hope you enjoyed the 5th Annual March Madness Poetry Tournament. Let’s keep up with the poetry momentum –  next month,  April is National Poetry Month!  Mr Marcus would like everybody to keep a poem in their pocket on April 27th for 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. – Mr Marcus

PS 32 ❤️️s Poetry!

P.S. 32 Parent Workshop – Online Safety & Digital Citizenship

P.S. 32 Caregivers,

I will give a parent workshop on online safety and digital citizenship. We will also look at using VoiceThread, an interactive social media site our PS32 students use in the library and at home.  The workshop will take place on Friday, April 7th in the library from 9:15am to 10:00am.  There is space for up to 20 caregivers.

Please email me to RSVP at
Adam, P.S. 32 Librarian

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. (more…)

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.