THS Library website
Librarian: Sharon Dorian
(also a 2014 MSLA President’s Award Winner!)
Last year as a way to get our students excited about poetry and to recruit students for the Poetry Out Loud contest, the English Curriculum Supervisor and I held a Poetry Slam in the library. Not feeling especially versed in poetry, I decided to call in some experts… students from Wheaton College’s Ispeak team. Wheaton College in Norton is located just north of Taunton and I felt the students would connect better with students of college age than an older more established poet. The reaction from the students was phenomenal! Over 70 students and faculty stayed after school on a Friday to listen and participate. Tyrek and Jillian, the reps from Wheaton, were just perfect. Both from urban school high schools, they told their stories about how they got interested in the spoken word and performed slam poems that really spoke to our students. For the remainder of last year our students kept asking “when are the Wheaton students coming back?” and “Can we have our own slam club?” I am happy to say we will be holding another slam on November 7th with our Wheaton friends and a small but enthusiastic and talented group of students has been meeting regularly to share their poetry. It is our hope to eventually have our students share with the middle schools in the same way. You never know where an idea will take you, but I’m really proud of this one.