Past CPL Events

July 2018

CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: Line Dancing line dancing
Description:  Just as line dancing looks different from other forms of dance, the way words break across lines in poetry gives it a unique appearance, separate from other forms of writing. In this workshop, we’ll explore the arrangement of words, phrases, clauses, and sentences into lines. In addition, we’ll play with our own line breaks to gain comfort and confidence with the technique. Though not required, participants are encouraged to bring a poem (or two!) they’ve written to use in the workshop. No creative writing experience necessary! Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday July 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Reg CODE: 76221)
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

Cupertino – Toyokawa 40th Anniversary: Sister City Poem Recitation at City Hall Screenshot (72)Monument Dedication Ceremony 
Description:  Poet Laureate, Kaecey McCormick, joins delegates from Toyokawa, Japan, the Mayor and City Council members of Cupertino, and other City and State delegates to commemorate the 40 years of friendship between Toyokawa and Cupertino with a monument unveiling and reading of an original poem.
Who: Community members
When: Wednesday July 11, 9:00 – 10:00 am 
Where: Cupertino City Hall

May 2018

MULTILINGUAL POETRY & PROSE NIGHT: Celebrate Creativity Welcome-in-many-languages-300x203in Many Languages! 
Description: POETRY! SHI! POESIE! FILIOCHT! MGA TULA! POESIA! In any language, words are beautiful and hold the power to transport, transform, and give hope. Join Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick and award-winning poet Jing Jing Yang in this groundbreaking event where poetry & prose will be recited in many languages. At the end of the program, the floor will open and all attendees are welcome to share poetry or prose (your own or borrowed from a favorite writer) in any language – English counts! – during the open mic portion of the evening. If you would like to recite a poem during the open mic portion, please sign in upon arrival. 

Small bites and beverages provided. Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP using the Eventbrite site for planning purposes.

Who: Adults, Teens
When: Thursday May 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Quinlan Community Center – Social Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

CREATIVITY SERIES: Igniting Your Writing igniting your writing
DescriptionPower up your academic writing with poetry! Learn about different aspects of poetry, how poetry can help improve our writing both our academic and personal writing, and have fun with poetry through creative word play in this two-part workshop series. Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
-Session 1: Imagery: Whether it’s a scene, a situation, an idea, or a set of instructions, writing asks us to explain something in words. Poetry, on the other hand, paints us a picture. In this session we’ll learn about the technique in poetry and how it can be used in other writing.
Session 2: Language, Word Choice, & Vocabulary: Every kind of writing uses language to communicate ideas, but in poetry every word is carefully considered. In this session, we’ll focus on economy of language, connotation, and words with power.
Who: School Age (grades 3-6) REGISTRATION REQUIRED via Parks & Rec
When:
     Session 1: Tuesday May 15, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Reg CODE: 76219)
     –Session 2: Tuesday May 22, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Reg CODE: 76220)
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

April 2018 – National Poetry Month!

CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: Word Collage word collage poetry
Description:  Discover the joy of creating a word collage in this found poetry workshop! After an overview of the technique, we’ll dive in and create our own works or word art using different media sources. No creative writing experience necessary! Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
Who: Adults, Seniors REGISTRATION REQUIRED (code 76217)
When: Thursday April 5, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Cupertino Senior Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information – paper registration forms will be available at the event, however please email to reserve a seat

CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: The Masks We Wear – Exploring Persona Poetry mask persona poem
Description:  Learn about the art of writing in another voice! Whether it is a person who lives in another time or place, a person at another stage of life, or not a person at all, persona poetry pushes us to see the world differently. In this workshop we’ll both read persona poems and try our hand at crafting one. No creative writing experience necessary! Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED (code 76218)
When: Tuesday April 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information – paper registration forms will be available at the event, however please email to reserve a seat

TEEN CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: Blackout Poetry Workshop – Song Lyric Erasure!Blackout-Poetry-Teen-Workshop
Description:  Gear up for National Poetry Month & the Library’s poetry contest by joining in in this fun, free workshop where you’ll learn how to turn someone else’s words into your poetry. Using popular song lyrics and other unexpected texts, we’ll create poetry & our own works of art. No creative writing experience necessary! Bring a copy of your favorite song lyrics or use the texts and songs provided. Email Kaecey for more information. Register at the library website!
Who: Middle & High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Wednesday April 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

COMMUNITY NIGHT: Poetry at the Cupertino Sustainability Speaker Series Sustainability Series photo
Description: Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick will speak; following the opening, Dr. Rosalind Grymes will speak about the intention behind the design and construction of Sustainability Base, an award winning and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum 50,000 square foot facility, which was completed in 2011 at NASA Ames Research Center—“NASA in Silicon Valley.”
Who: Adults, High School Teens
When: Thursday April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Community Hall
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT: Celebrate National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! poem in your pocket
Description: Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! The evening will begin with a brief overview of the holiday, and an open mic poetry reading will follow. Poems read on National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day are traditionally fairly short, and all participants will leave with a new poem for their pocket! Come to listen & enjoy, or bring a poem to share (original or borrowed)! Readers – please sign in upon arrival.
Who: Adults, Teens – RSVP at EventBrite
When: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

EARTH DAY POETRY BOOKS: Create an upcycled book of poems! Upcycled Poetry Book picture
Description: As the philosopher Seneca once said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”  Join us in honoring Earth Day and National Poetry Month by beginning your own unique accordion-style book of poems by using recycled materials that have reached their beginning’s end! Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick will be joined by writer and artist Keiko O’Leary in this workshop who will teach participants some unique hand-lettering styles to accompany their book of poems. Participants will transcribe a poem (or more) into the book and may bring a poem they’ve written, a poem they enjoy reading, or may choose from a selection of poems provided at the workshop.
Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED (email Kaecey)
When: Thursday April 26, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey to RSVP

March 2018

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS – Workshop Series 1: Focus on Form! LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)
Description: Join us in the four-part series as we explore the physical aspect of poetry – FORM! The Lunch Hour Language Artists workshop will experiment and play with a different form each meeting (see below). No previous poetry or writing experience necessary! Attend one, some, or all of the meetings in the seriesPlease register on the Cupertino Library site or email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Session 2: Oh, sure … Erasure!
Session 3: The Modern Sonnet

Session 4: 1, 2, 3, 4 … Cinquain!
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     Session 2: Thursday March 1, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 3: Thursday March 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Session 4: Thursday March 29, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

February 2018

COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT – Celebrating the Lunar New Year! chinese new year 2018
Description: The evening will begin with an overview of classical and modern Chinese poetry and finish with a community poetry reading. Come to listen & enjoy, or bring a poem to share (original or borrowed)! Poems related to the Lunar New Year are welcome, however poems may be on ANY SUBJECT. Readers – please sign in upon arrival. Snacks and beverages provided!
Who: Adults, Teens
When: Thursday February 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information and visit the EventBrite page to RSVP (tickets not required for entry; they are for planning purposes only)

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS – Workshop Series 1: Focus on Form! LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)
Description: Join CPL Kaecey McCormick in this FREE four-part series as we explore the physical aspect of poetry – FORM! The Lunch Hour Language Artists workshop participants will experiment and play with a different form each meeting (see below). No previous poetry or writing experience necessary! Attend one, some, or all of the meetings in the series. Please register on the Cupertino Library site or email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Session 1: The Golden Shovel
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday February 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

January 2018

CUPERTINO POET LAUREATE RECEPTION Celebration Time
Description: An evening reception to celebrate outgoing CPL Ann Muto and welcome incoming CPL Kaecey McCormick!
Who: Interested members of the Cupertino community (invitation required please contact Kaecey to request an invitation).
When: Thursday January 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Senior Center

STORYTIME: Groundhog Day! groundhog day
Description: Poetry comes to Storytime at the Cupertino Library! Join us as we learn about Groundhog Day, groundhogs, and the weather, listen to Groundhog Day poems and stories, and make our own Groundhog Day craft!
Who: School Age Children ages 5+ (children only – parents are asked to stay in the Library but remain outside the Story Room during the program) REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Monday January 29, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Email Kaecey for more information; registration available on the library website