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2007 Young Adult Poetry Contest

Blue Arrow9TH ANNUAL TEEN POETRY CONTEST -The library held its 9th Annual Teen Poetry Contest to celebrate National Poetry Month. Contestants were in Grades 6-12. Poem entries were original works by the contestants. Theme for this year's poetry contest was "Get a Clue @ The Library." The Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, April 20, 2007. The winners are:

1st Place Kristen Wraith, South High School, Grade 9
2nd Place Brian Cully, Memorial Jr. High School, Grade 7
3rd Place Victoria Ennab, North High School, Grade 7
Honorable Mention Laurianna Rosado, Memorial Jr. High School, Grade 7
Honorable Mention Alex Valenti, Memorial Jr. High School, Grade 7
Honorable Mention Sean Wraith, Brooklyn Avenue School, Grade 6

Awards Ceremony | Winning Poems

In addition to these students, the judges also recognized the poems of additional students by awarding them a copy of The Best Teen Writing of 2006, published by Alliance Publications. They were:

Memorial Junior High School
North High School
   
 
Richard Ciullo
 
Emma DeLeon
 
Daniel Craw
 
Will D'Orazi
 
Jamie Loesel
 
Steven McKinley
 
Justin Mastromarino
 
Sarah O.
 
Nicole Riggio
 
Gina Roy
 
Christine Rivera
 
Jonathan Stegner
 
Brian Sinko
   
 
Rabab Zia
   

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2007 Awards Ceremony

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2007 Winning Poems

Get a Clue @ The Library

I seemed to be out of the loop,
Perhaps, a little bit lost.
I couldn't get a basketball in a hoop,
Nor snowboard through the frost.

My reading skills were rusty,
And gaming skills I had none.
My books were getting musty,
And seldom did I have any REAL fun.

Everything was looking pretty glum and down.
Things weren't so great for me,
Until when cruising through my little town,
I found the local library.

I picked out a book on basketball,
And a magazine on snowboarding fun.
My reading skills turned out not to be that bad at all
And through the pages my eyes did run.

Within ten minutes, I felt great!
I was beginning to understand.
I began to jump and celebrate
Because of what I'd learned from the books I held in my hand.

From that day on, I was bound
To the local library.
It was the best place I'd ever found,
And it truly did wonders for me.

Never again was I the one
To whom people would say,
"Get a clue. You're no fun!"
Or "Keep up with what's going on today!"

Whenever I had a puzzlement,
You can guess where I would go.
The library, I thought was definitely meant
To give me the answers the books would know.

Thing went on like this for a year or two,
Until I became a whole new me.
And if you want this to happen to you,
"Get a Clue @ The LIBRARY!"

- Kristen Wraith, Grade 9

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You Can Find It at the Library

Whether you're looking for an answer a fact or a clue.
Or just want to look at a book or two.
You can find it at the library.

If you want to solve a mystery with Sherlock Holes.
Or read a biography on Sean P. Diddy Combs.
You can find it at the library.

If you want to read a book about aliens landing on earth.
Or if you want to learn about the miracle of birth.
You can find it at the library.

- Brian Cully, Grade 7


Get a Clue @ The Library

I am waiting for ninth period to end, but it is taking too long,
As soon as the bell rings I leave the room saying "so long!"
I rush and sprint through the hall to reach my favorite place of all.
The library.

I peek through the glass doors and then enter way.
It's the library, my heaven, my favorite place if I must say.
I get a book and take a seat on a chair,
Will my book make me happy or give me quite a scare?
As soon as I read I exist the world, I am so excited I want to dance and do a twirl.

I keep reading because I feel I can't stop, what can I say I love to read a lot.
The librarian taps my shoulder and I look up from my book.
She says, "It's closing time, the lights are off, you must pick up and go."

I'm walking out of the room leaving behind all those books.
All I can think is one thing,
"Reading is fun and by reading you learn new things from topics you know."

- Victoria Ennab, Grade 7

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Get a Clue @ The Library

Where to go to imagine dreams can come true
You can travel cross country or up to the moon
Where ever you want to go
Whoever you want to be
It can be truth like history
It can be dreamlike and make believe

I am at a place that is so much fun
There are plenty of us for everyone
There is so much to see inside your head
Sometimes it's hard to put us down and go to bed
You have your favorites, and you have your "nots."

Where mystery, love story, history or fantasy
You can learn on your own
We can help you at home
Do all you can do, be all you can be

We have a healthy habit to Read Read Read!

So come to the library and bring a friend
And solve all the mysteries that you possibly can!

Can you guess what I am?
Have you already a clue?

My name begins with a "B" as in blue
And, I can be a great resource just for you!

B __ __ __ !

- Laurianna Rosado, Grade 7


Get a Clue @ the Library

A library is a wondrous place.
With enough knowledge to fill your face.

Hey you, turn off the TV. YEAH You!
Stuck to the TV like glue.
There are better things you can do
Like solve a mystery with Nancy Drew.

Or maybe you need more excitement and action.
Maybe you want to slay orcs with Aragon.
Well look up J.R.R. Tolkien and you're gone.

So stop hanging' out with Spongebob and Gary
And get a clue at the library!!!!

- Alex Valenti, Grade 7

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Get A Clue @ The Library

Today I am going to the Library.
I am getting a book for a report.
There are so many books,
I could look all day.
It's hard to pick ...
I see a mystery,
I see an adventure,
I can't choose.
I need to get a clue!
I wish that I could take them all out.
But sadly I cannot.
So, I close my eyes and pick a book off the shelf.
Yes! A mystery!
My mom calls.
I have to go.
I check out the book and leave.
I can't wait to come back again.

- Sean Wraith, Grade 6

 

 

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©2005 Henry Waldinger Memorial Library - Revised 12/31/2007