Haiku Contest Launch

National Library Week (April 10-16) is coming right up! SAU Library will be celebrating with a cookie day, our annual paper airplane contest, an IT mini fair and a Haiku Contest! We will also be announcing the winners of our Dress a Peep and bookmark design contests.

Haiku Contest

Contest rules appear below and on the “Haiku Contest Rules” page accessible by clicking on the link above on the black menu bar.

How do you feel about libraries? What memories or emotions does the word library stir-up for you? Does it transport you back to a time in your youth  when you’d spend your after-school hours in a corner of your public library immersed in a good book?  Does it remind you of that dour and perpetually scowl-faced librarian who was always skulking around behind the stacks and shushing everybody? Whatever your association we’d like to hear about it. There’s a catch, though: we want a haiku. Do you accept our challenge? The winner will receive a BEEbrary Blog book bag and the respect and admiration of the SAU Library staff. Read on for further details.

What is Haiku?

A haiku is a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Haikus often employ nature-related themes or language and typically don’t rhyme.


O, haiku contest

Spring forth from library blog

All participate

Possible topics related to our library theme include:

  • Books
  • Libraries as community centers
  • Public libraries
  • Academic libraries
  • Librarians
  • Serials
  • Circulation
  • Reference, and more!

Be creative!

Contest Rules:

Poems must conform to the three line haiku style however, feel free to experiment with syllable count, if you wish.

The topic of the haiku and the illustration must be related to the Libraries theme.

Please include the following information with your submission: name, email address, and phone number. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY YOUR NAME WILL BE POSTED ONLINE WITH YOUR POEM. If you would like your poem to be posted anonymously, we’d be happy to leave your name off, however in the event you win, BEEBrary blog staff will need to know who you are.

Entries will be judged based upon:

  • Originality
  • Relevance to theme
  • Observance of Haiku format

Poems for the haiku contest must be submitted by email by Friday, April 11, 2011.


All entries will appear on the SAU BEEBrary blog

One lucky winner will receive an SAU BEEBrary blog book bag.

Have fun!


About libstaff

Bryan Hinds Evening Circulation Supervisor St. Ambrose University 518 W. Locust St. Davenport IA 52803
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