The City of Rockland and the Rockland Public Library have announced that, in keeping with April’s National Poetry Month designation, the city will have its own Poetry Month Rockland with exciting activities in poetry for the citizens of the area. Many events are planned, with a little something for everyone.

As part of Poetry Month Rockland, the library is sponsoring a poetry contest open to all city residents, citizens of neighboring towns and anyone with a connection to the Midcoast. There are three categories for the contest: Adults (age 19 and older), Teens (age 13-18) and children (age 12 and younger). There is no fee to enter.

The themes for the contest are Rockland, My Town or Midcoast Maine. Entries should be on one page and typed single-spaced with name, address and phone number on back in pencil only. Children category entrants are welcome to handwrite their poems, printing neatly.

Poem may be brought to the library or sent to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland, ME 04841 on or before April 3. Prizes will be awarded in all three categories.

Other Poetry Month Rockland activities will include the naming of the first Poet Laureate of Rockland; applications are available at rocklandlibrary.org or at the library and are due by March 30. Beginning Thursday, April 1, poems by Maine poets living and deceased will be displayed in the windows of Main Street and poetry writing opportunities/activities will be available daily at the library for teens, adults, and children.

On Wednesdays April 7, 14 and 28 at 10:30 a.m., library story hours for children will feature charming and entertaining poetry for children. On Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m., a poetry talk will be held at the library. The month will end with a Poetry Swarm Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. as 10 Midcoast poets read their work and the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate will be named.

Events are listed on the library Web site, rocklandlibrary.org. For more information, contact Poetry Month chairwoman Carol Bachofner at mainepoet@me.com or call the library at 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.