April School Vacation Week 2023

February vacation week at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

National Poetry Month
at The Mary Baker Eddy Library
Featuring Regie Gibson

Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

“Here is life! Here is youth! Here the poet’s world-wish”

— Mary Baker Eddy

Join us for fun-filled youth educational programming, as we explore the power of words in our community! In collaboration with literary performer Regie Gibson, the Library will offer morning and afternoon activities centered on poetry and artmaking.

Both days will feature an interactive workshop, drop-in art activities, and free tours of the Mapparium™ globe in the How Do You See the World? experience.


Drop-in Activities

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Library Atrium

Art Project: Plant a Seed, Grow a Flower

Plant a seed of kindness and craft a paper flower. We’ll learn about ways we can express helpful qualities in our community.

Acrostic Poem Station

Create acrostic poems based on some of the journalistic values of The Christian Science Monitor. We’ll focus on courage, perseverance, generosity, hope, gratitude, joy, compassion, and resilience.

Poetry Workshop

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Library Classroom

A poetry workshop with Regie Gibson

Each of us has a way of looking at the world—and often this connects to how we see ourselves. But what happens when we explore ways to see ourselves and our world from a different perspective? Well, poetry can help us do just that!

Join literary performer Regie Gibson for a fun poetry exercise that will help you explore new ways of seeing how you connect with your community and beyond.

Hint: you’ll get to do it through writing—and using your wonderful imagination. You can even volunteer to share your work!

To reserve your spot for the workshop, please call Ian Carlson at 617-450-7330 or email [email protected].

Afternoon Activity

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Library Classroom


There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson
Rosa’s Song by Helena Ku Rhee



Jenita Arini, Head of Educational Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 617­-450-­3210

Workshop registration

  • All children must be registered to participate in the poetry workshop.
  • Although all children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, session registration is for children only​.
  • All registration is on a first come, first served basis. Spaces fill quickly and have limited seating.
  • For cancellations, please contact the Groups Coordinator prior to the event.

Visiting The Library

  • All workshops meet in the Library’s main lobby, west entrance (off Massachusetts Avenue).
  • Art activities do not ​require registration. Please feel free to join them at your convenience.
  • All activities are free​ for everyone ages 17 and younger.


  • We strongly suggest that groups of 10 or more (including chaperones) sign up for a Mapparium tour​ in advance
  • Free bus parking is available for up to three hours on Huntington Avenue westbound.
  • To register groups of 10 or more, please contact the Library’s Group Tour Coordinator at [email protected] or 617-­450-­7330.

Directions and parking

  • Find driving and public transportation directions to the Library.
  • Limited $18 garage parking is available to Library visitors with ticket validation available at the Mapparium ticket desk.
  • Garage is located at 235 Huntington Avenue.