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Create a Spine Poem for Library Lovers' Day

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There are many ways to celebrate Valentine Day on the 14th of February. City of Darwin Libraries will do Library Lovers' Day. You can join in the fun by creating a Spine Poem out of book titles.

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A spine poem is a new type of poetry where the words for your poem are made from the title of books or songs and arranged vertically. It's a kind of poetry that you don't really write from scratch instead, you "find" it by arranging book titles to make a poem.

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To make a book spine poem, you'll need some books. The best place to create book spine poetry is in a library, where you'll have access to all the books you need. You would start by stacking some books into the spines together so that the titles are like the lines of a poem. You would keep moving the book titles around into different stacks until you find the "lines" that go best together to make a poem. In the library, you might just jot down the book titles on paper rather than pull out the books from library shelves. Once you have an idea which books you'll need than you can pull those books out and document your poem by taking pictures.

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Books at library is your source of inspiration


Send your spine poem picture to darwinlibraries@darwin.nt.gov.au or upload it to Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to tag City of Darwin Libraries to be in the running. You could win a $50 voucher for the Bookshop Darwin, plus 4 runners-up receive a $25 Hogs Breath Cafe Voucher. Entries are open now and close on Tuesday 20 February 2018. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday 21 February 2018 and notified via email or social media post.



For detail of terms and conditions please go to this website. For more information about this event, please ring City of Darwin Libraries on phone (08) 8930 0300.
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Why? Celebrate Valentine's Day with books
When: until 20th February 2018
Phone: 08 8930 0300
Where: City of Darwin Libraries
Cost: Free
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