Raise Your Voice

Find Creative Inspiration at Your Library

Raise your voice page imageApril inspires creativity with celebrations including National Poetry Month, International Guitar Month, Jazz Appreciation Month and more. Find poetry and other books in person and online for the entire family! Check out a physical copy of "How to Listen to Jazz" by Ted Gioia or download the Newberry winning children's verse novel "The Crossover" by Virginian author Kwame Alexander on Overdrive. Another resource for exploring these subjects includes the online magazine service Zinio, where you can bro​wse through titles like The Writer and more.

As you get in tune with your musical side, VBPL has options beyond our physical CD collection. Stream albums from Hoopla, or download five songs per week—to keep—from Freegal. Both sites are available at www.vbgov.com/listen.

Finally, as you look for outlets for artistic expression, don't forget to check out events at the library! VBPL has many events in April for children, adults and the entire family to explore your artsy and musical ambitions. During spring break for public schools, the Joint-Use Library is hosting a performance for all ages of The Three Little Pigs, presented by the Virginia Opera, on Apr. 12 at 2 p.m. Adults can explore the art of zentagles, presented by Kim Herman, at the Pungo-Blackwater Library on Apr. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Teens from grades 6 to 8 can participate in a Black O​ut Poetry Slam at Kempsville Library on Apr. 29 at 3 p.m. Find more library programs at www.vbgov.com/library-events.


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