National Poetry Month: April 2020

Poetry is immune to social distancing

This morning on the 92nd day of the year, Brenda Besser sent greetings from the Inver Hills Community College Library reminding us that April is National Poetry Month. Brenda serves as a librarian at our college library, and she wrote, “While we can’t have our yearly poetry display in the library, we can still celebrate poetry. Check out Poem-a-Day.”

The Inver Hills Library has a collection of more than 65,000 books, ebooks, reference materials, CDs and DVDs. The library also subscribes to more than 150 periodicals as well as more than 50 online databases. Library privileges are available to all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Visit the Inver Hills Library online.

Inver Hills Community College Library

Mission Statement

The Library at Inver Hills Community College serves the educational, cultural, and leisure-time needs of our campus community by providing a variety of print and non-print materials as well as information services. The Library staff strive to make the library a welcoming space that encourages a passion for life-long learning.

Library services during COVID-19

The Inver Hills Library is committed to serving our our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on library services is LISTED HERE and will be updated as needed.


The library will be closed until further notice, but we are providing services remotely and online. Please reach out to us at or 651-450-3625 with questions.

We are ready and available to help you with this transition.

More about National Poetry Month

About the Celebration¹

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world. Now, as we face unprecedented circumstances, National Poetry Month has taken on new meaning and importance.

More and more people are turning to poetry at this moment, because poetry and inspiring language can help bring solace and needed strength.

This April, the Academy of American Poets is more committed than ever to doing everything it can to bring poetry to the widest possible audience. The organization offers activities, initiatives, and resources, which have been adapted so that anyone can join in online and at home and—hopefully—find comfort, resilience, and connection throughout the month of April and beyond:

We hope these virtual National Poetry Month events and activities will bring some comfort at this time and inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long.

Learn more about the Inver Hills Community College Library and National Poetry Month by contacting:

Julie Benolken
Librarian: Instruction, Acquisitions, Music CDs

Brenda Besser
Librarian: Instruction, Acquisitions, Serials Purchasing

David Colwell
Library Technician: Serials & Acquisitions Processing

Alec Henry
Library Technician: Cataloging

¹ Courtesy of National Poetry Month

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