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Miami‑Dade Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month With Contest For Teens

– Teens to write in 5th annual Poetry Contest –

(Miami, FL – March 11, 2015) Young adults, 12‑19, are invited to enter the Miami-Dade Public Library’s fifth annual Teen Poetry Contest, in celebration of National Poetry Month. The contest runs from April 1‑30, and the theme is What do you Geek? Poems may be on anything: a favorite hobby, books, music, movies, sports—it may even be about the library.

Poems should be 15 lines or less and will be judged on originality, artistic quality, and emotional impact. Submissions must be the writer's own work and should not have been previously published. Printed entries must be submitted to any Miami‑Dade Public Library Branch by Thursday, April 30, 2015. Winners will be notified by Monday, May 11, 2015.

First, second and third place winners will receive Barnes & Noble gift certificates valued at $150, $100 and $50.

Contest entry forms are available at any branch or online at Poems may also be submitted, at the library’s Facebook page which is

Teens seeking feedback on their poetry are invited to a poet‑in‑residence program with published, local poet Dr. Barbra Nightingale at:

Golden Glades Branch
100 NE 166 St., Miami, FL 33162
Tuesday, April 7 & 21 from 6‑7:30 p.m.

Kendale Lakes Branch
15205 SW 88 St., Miami, FL 33196
Thursday, April 23 & Monday, April 27 from 6‑7:30 p.m.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System, a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and several National Association of Counties Achievement Awards, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share and create. MDPLS strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, programs, and art and culture so they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, Technobus, special services, website ( and MDPLS iLibrary app, the Library proudly serves more than seven million annual visitors. Serving the community for more than 40 years, MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.


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