Norwalk is celebrating the spoken word for national poetry month and national library week.
Local leaders and community members each had the chance to share a poem at the Norwalk Public Library, as Mayor Harry Rilling proclaimed April as national poetry month Thursday afternoon.
"I call upon public officials, educators, librarians and all the people of Norwalk to observe this month to celebrate the cultural riches that our community has to offer and to recognize the important role of poetry in creating and sustaining this great nation with appropriate ceremonies activities and programs," said Mayor Harry Rilling.
The Academy of American poets originally established April as national poetry month in 1996 to highlight the legacy of American poetry. It's one of the largest literary celebrations in the world.
"It's important to celebrate words sometimes," said Christine Bradley library director at Norwalk Public Library. "We're a very visual society and becoming more visually literate, which is wonderful, but there's also a story to be told and enjoyment to be had from the words themselves and I think poetry does that because poets pack so much into every word that they use."
"A literate society is one that appreciates poetry," said Senator Bob Duff. "Athe arts and music and that only how our society can move forward, when we appreciate those kinds of things, when we can think critically, when we can ponder when we can dream and think about new possibilities and I think poetry helps us do that and certainly sharing each others poem's listening to our perspectives, what are some of the things that make us tick through poetry."
The library will also continue its display of book spine poetry, short poems put together by using words on the spines of books.