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April is National Poetry Month, and the Lakeshore Branch Library is celebrating with the return of its Poetry Jam. The free event is open to all ages and begins at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the library, 7346 Texas 261 in Buchanan Dam. 

The library previously hosted poetry readings about once a year before the pandemic and social distancing practices resulted in a two-year hiatus. 

A jam is different than a slam, head librarian Melissa Macdougall told

“We wanted to do a poetry event and settled on a jam, (which is) kinder and gentler than a slam,” she wrote in a statement.

A slam is competitive — and louder.

During the library’s jam, however, poets will read their own work or that of another writer with attribution. Each participant will be given a set amount of time to read, which will fluctuate based on the number. Macdougall will facilitate the non-competitive reading.

Poetry lovers and listeners are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Due to space, the library encourages attendees to RSVP in advance by contacting 325-379-1174 or