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PITB Services

Poetry in the Branches Services

Different Ways to Access Poetry In The Branches

We Come to You: System-Wide Training Session

A system-wide training is a comprehensive introduction to the Poetry In The Branches model, incorporating readily usable information, hands-on experience and plenty of time for your questions. Suitable for groups as small as 10 or as large as 150, Poets House can tailor the training to meet the goals of your system or region anywhere from Maryland to California on a fee-for-service basis.

Basic Consultancy
The Basic Consultancy is intended to help you determine your system’s “poetry readiness” and to help develop a plan for increasing access to and visibility for poetry in your library. It includes an evaluation of your site and system and recommendations for collection development, display, publicity and events. Various kinds of consultancies can take place at your location, at for librarians of an entire library system at Poets House, or over the phone on a fee-for-service basis.

Extended Consultancy
Building on the Basic Consultancy, Poets House can expand the scope of the partnership to meet the additional specific needs of the library or system.

Poets House Poetry Program Administration
Designed for systems where time is the scarce resource, Poets House can serve as your outsource for poetry programming — designing a reading series, lectures and workshops. Poets House will consult with you and your system to shape an initiative that addresses your goals, then implement it from start to finish on a fee-for-service basis.

Full Poetry In The Branches Package

At this level, Poets House helps you create a complete poetry environment in your library, from hands-on assistance with collection development and display to system-wide librarian training, full program administration and detailed evaluation of your site and system either on a fee-for-service basis or as a fundraising partner.

You Come to Poets House

If you prefer to come to Poets House in New York for training, you can choose the Poetry in The Branches National Institute, a weekend-long intensive training in the PiTB model held at Poets House in New York City.

Librarian Training

Through group training and one-on-one interactions, librarians set goals, become oriented within the landscape of contemporary poetry and address the “poetry anxiety” that many adults feel. Our training sessions balance hands-on experience writing and reading poetry with empowering interactions with live poets. Trainings take place during system-wide in-service sessions at the American Library Association Annual Conference, in individual libraries and at conferences offered through regional organizations and at our PiTB National Institute. These components form the basis for our work with libraries. They are interlocking, flexible and can be taken as a whole or in parts. Each component can be tailored to fit a library's needs and capacity.

Independent Implementation

Finally, if you choose, you can implement PiTB at your site completely on your own with the help of the Poetry In The Branches Source Book. Our Source Book is a step-by-step guide to the PiTB model, supplemented by bibliographies to help you with collection development, tipsheets to help you integrate poetry into every aspect of your library, and lists to help you find the resources you need.

If you would like to learn how to create a place for poetry by bringing PiTB to your library, contact Reggie Harris at (212) 431-7920 x2842 or