Jones Public Library looking for community poets for readings

Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon took a turn at the podium during Jones Public Library's first poetry reading on Thursday, April 11.

The first-ever community poetry reading at Jones Public Library was held April 11 with a dozen budding poets taking turns at the podium to read their favorite poems.

Some opted for simpler poems from Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess while others picked more challenging compositions. A professional poet attended and performed three original poems.

With the success of the first event, the library is now considering hosting poetry readings once a month, said Sidnee Srader, children’s librarian.

“You do not have to be a performer to participate,” Srader said. “Just pick a poem to read from a book. There is no need to be shy or nervous.”

Srader performed one of her favorite poems, “My Many-Colored Days” by Dr. Suess.

The date of the next poetry reading has not been set, so Srader recommends checking with the library. Coffee and cookies are served at the gatherings.

For more information, call Jones Public Library at 936-258-7060 or stop by at 801 S. Cleveland St. (inside the Dayton Community Center).

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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