We’re pleased to announce the Ipswich Public Library’s National Poetry Month Celebration, coming this April! Please join us all month long for performances, workshops and lectures for all ages, celebrating poetry in all its forms.


Here’s a taste of what’s in store – please also visit our online calendar for full program descriptions and registration information (note that some events do require registration as seating is limited).


Friday, March 31


Encore performance by the Ipswich High School Poetry Out Loud finalists

Saturday, April 1st


Teen Poetry Contest Opens

Deadline for submissions is April 18th

Monday, April 3rd


An Evening with Walt Whitman

Portrayed by actor Stephen Collins


Friday, April 7th


Teen poetry jam – Write/share/perform/have fun!

Saturday, April 8th


Adult Poetry Workshop

Taught by local poet Jennifer Martelli

Wednesday, April 12th


Ipswich Poetry Group meeting: All are welcome!  

Share poems in progress and give and receive feedback.

Thursday, April 13th


Local author Charlotte Gordon will read from and discuss her critically acclaimed book Mistress Bradstreet: the Untold Life of America's First Poet, about Ipswich poet Anne Bradstreet.


Friday, April 14th


Student Poetry Slam (At the PAC)

Ipswich High School spend the whole day working with Mass LEAP and then invite the public to see the results!

Tuesday, April 18th

Poetry activities and challenges for kids all day in the children’s room! Spine Poems, Pick-A-Word Poetry, Guess the Poet, and more!

Wednesday, April 19th


Young Scriptors’ Workshops

Teacher and writer Meagan Grant will offer workshops for young poets. Contact the children’s room for more information.

Vacation Week

(April 18-21)

Lots of activities for teens - poetry and writing activities, and word games

Friday, April 21st


CANCELED: Adult Poetry Workshop

Taught by local poet Carla Panciera

Saturday, April 22st


CANCELED: Breakfast with the Poets! Come hear four local published poets read their work and answer questions about their writing. Pastry and coffee will be served. Books available for purchase/signing.

Saturday, April 22st

Ipswich High School Poetry Stand

Here's how it works: stop by the stand, request a poem, and they will write one just for you, free of charge! The poetry stands' regular appearances include the Newburyport Literary Festival and Ipswich Illuminated.

Saturday, April 22st


Community Poetry Share: Come share in our celebration of poetry!

Hosted by the Ipswich Poetry Group

Open to all: share a poem you've written, or introduce to a poem or poet you love. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library

Wednesday, April 26th


Ipswich Poetry Group meeting: All are welcome!  

Share poems in progress and give and receive feedback.

Saturday, April 29th


Story Walk

Families with young children will follow a “Story Walk” from the Birth to Three Center located at One Meetinghouse Green (First Church) over to the Ipswich Public Library. 

Saturday, April 29th

Children’s Poetry Exhibit

Come see all the poetry creations that will be created during the month of April at activities at the Winthrop and Doyon Elementary School and here at the Ipswich Public Library






Save the Date! May 15, 2017

Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo visits Ipswich for the Louise & Hugh Johnson Lecture Series

Reserve your seat now!




New Database NUWAV Legal Documents



The Ipswich Public Library has just added a new database. NUWAV Legal Documents offers easily composed legal documents for Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenants, Divorce and many others which meet the needs of many individuals and families.

Please find it at under DATABASESand then scroll down to Subject Oriented Databases. Login with your library card number. You will also need to set up an account on your first visit.



























  • MAY 28 & 29
    Closed in observance of Memorial Day.











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