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Poetry In The Branches Source Book

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The Poetry In The Branches Source Book is a step-by-step guide to the Poetry In The Branches (PITB) model for librarians, supplemented with a variety of bibliographies for collection development, tip sheets to help librarians create a place for poetry of their own, integrating poetry into every aspect of your library, and lists to help you find the resources you need. The PITB Source Book covers four major components:

Young Adult Programming

One of the most successful and important components of the PITB model is programming for teens. Together with librarians, we build the tools to bring writing workshops to young patrons. We find that offering at least two four-session workshops per school year, coupled with a publication of the students' work, is a powerful recipe for channeling the experiences and energy of teen library users. We hear from librarians across the country that poetry workshops reach teens like nothing else.

Programming for Adults

Live experiences with engaging poets can create a lasting connection between readers and poetry. The Poetry In The Branches Source Book gives librarians the tools to design and present an event and connects them with poets who can reach their patrons. In the New York and Brooklyn systems, poets like Billy Collins, Joy Harjo, Philip Levine and Sapphire and have drawn capacity audiences. We recommend holding at least three events per year to build an audience.

Acquisitions and Display

A commitment to collection development and display is at the core of the PITB model. The Source Book gives librarians the information they need to set and meet goals for updating poetry collections, keeping them current, and making the books visible and enticing. In the earliest Poetry In The Branches sites in the New York Public Library, poetry circulation tripled.


Evaluation is a critical component of developing any new program. But in the case of Poetry In The Branches, the information gathered may be useful to other librarians, creating a national dialogue about poetry in diverse settings. Even if you are working on your own, written evaluation is part of giving yourself credit and learning how to improve your work. The section on evaluation gives detailed suggestions on how you can assess success.

The Poetry In The Branches Source Book is available for $35 ($28 plus $7 shipping and handling to anywhere in the U.S. Contact us regarding overseas shipping).

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