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2018 Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Celebration

In 2017, the South Carolina State Library hosted the first Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest with more than 600 students participating from across the state. This year we will host our second annual event honoring poets and National Poetry Month with a special community celebration at 5:30 p.m. featuring award-winning writer and poet, Kwame Alexander!


Click here to register and get tickets on our Eventbrite page.


Kwame Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his writing and publishing program. He is also the first recipient of the Pat Conroy Legacy Award, which recognizes writers whose books have had a lasting impact on their literary community.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York TimesBestselling author of 25 books, including REBOUND, the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, SURF’S UP, ANIMAL ARK and OUT OF WONDER, and the novels, SOLO and BOOKED.

He also hosts a weekly TV show, Bookish Show. In this series, Kwame gives the scoop, the lowdown, the 411, the skinny, on his books, fave authors, and the literary happenings of his entourage. Kwame also travels the world planting seeds of literary love and co-founded LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program. He lives in Virginia. Visit him at kwamealexander.com.


Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a book signing.

The community event with Kwame Alexander will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but space is extremely limited. Please register for a ticket to reserve a space. Each person is limited to one ticket.

Book Signing
Books will be available for purchase at the event or you may bring your own book to be signed. Signing takes place after the lecture is finished.

Free parking is available on the weekends in the surface lots and meters around the State Library. Parking is available at the USC Pendleton Street garage, opposite corner of the state library, at visitor meters on levels 1a, 1b and 2a.

What can I bring into the event?
Please do not bring any food or drink, or anything else prohibited by the South Carolina State Library as written in the code of conduct posted here: http://bit.ly/2BXzVc1. Light refreshments will be available following the program.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For publicity and public relations, please contact Sean Gruber at sgruber@statelibrary.sc.gov or (803) 734-0462. For general questions, please contact Andersen Cook at acook@statelibrary.sc.gov or (803) 545-4432.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring a paper copy or phone image of your ticket with you. Tickets are free.

Can I register my class or large group?
Classes and groups are welcome to attend, but individuals must register separately.


Saturday, April 21, 2018
5:30PM - 7:00PM
South Carolina State Library
First Floor