Big Read Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to January 22

Caricature of Mark Twain
As part of the state-wide Big Read, the public libraries of Jefferson County are sponsoring two poetry contests: 1) a Word Up! poetry slam for high school students and 2) a written poetry contest for middle-school students. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore the importance of reading in American culture. We will be encouraging everyone in the state to read and discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

The Word Up! poetry slam deadline has passed, but there is still time to participate in the written poetry contest.

For details on entering the written poetry contest for middle school students (grades 5-8), visit The deadline for schools to sign on to participate in the written poetry contest is January 22, 2010.

Schools wishing to participate in the contests should call 226-3670 or e-mail Haruyo Myagawa at by the designated dates. Good luck, students!