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Manitowoc Public Library

  1. Blackout Poetry @ Manitowoc Public Library

    April 22, 2021, All Day @ This Virtual Event will be posted to MPL’s Facebook page:

    When ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ creativity ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ collides with the unforeseen ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ a single outcome ¦¦¦¦ infuses ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ the imagination: ¦¦¦¦¦¦ inspiration. A blackout poem is created when a poet takes a marker to an already established text—like a romance novel—and starts redacting words until a new poem is formed. Here’s an easy guide to creating Blackout Poetry: • Skim your page • Go through and circle the words or phrases you want to use • Go through and boldly box the words you’re keeping with pen or Sharpie • Read through your final poem • Go through and blacken all of the material not used • Bask in the glory of your creation To participate, send a photo of your completed Blackout Poem to Therese at or drop it off at MPL’s Service Desk. Poems will be shared on MPL’s Facebook page ( and also displayed at the Library through the end of April in celebration of National Poetry Month.

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  2. Victory Gardens During WWII

    April 22, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ This Virtual Event will Premiere on MPL’s Facebook page:

    Gardening has primarily become a hobby. Not too long ago, gardens were a lifeline. During World War II, the United States government rationed food to ensure adequate meals for the military. To fill the bellies on the home front, Uncle Sam encouraged people to grow "victory gardens." Tune into Wisconsin Maritime Museum's "Victory Gardens" virtual presentation—Premiering on MPL’s Facebook page ( on Thursday, April 22, at 6 PM—to learn about the garden propaganda and success. We hope this program prepares you for your personal war against the munchies. Grab & Go Seed Kits will be available at the Library’s Service Desk for those wishing to attend this virtual program and try their hand at some victorious gardening. The kits include cucumbers, lettuce, beans, and beets/radishes.

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