BELFAST — Belfast will celebrate poetry with a variety of activities organized by local poets to brighten your spring days.

Take a few moments to look in store windows as you shop. Poems by area poets and others will be on display for you to read, contemplate and enjoy. Poet Sharon Bray is responsible for organizing this with assistance from Carolyn Locke, Jim Owen and Jackie Ascrizzi.

Poets will also be sharing their love of poetry in the schools. Martha Conway-Cole’s class in Troy Howard Middle School will be hearing from poets Ellen Sander, Betsy Headley, Rebecca Jessup and Judy Kaber. Students in Nancy Nickerson’s fourth grade class and Carrie Macleod’s and Dannietta Thompson’s second grade classes will also receive a visit from Kaber.

The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will be hosting a poetry contest for students in grades K through 12. In a nod to the upcoming summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities,” the theme of the poetry contest will be the ocean. Guidelines include use of the theme and original and legible work done only by author. All forms of poetry will be accepted and the poems do not need to rhyme. Include the writer’s name, grade, school and contact information. You can submit entries to the Youth Services floor of Belfast Free library or to A reception and reading will be held Thursday, May 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the library to celebrate winners, runners up, and participants and award prizes. Refreshments will be served and all poetry lovers are invited to attend this event.

Also at the library, you can pick up copies of poems that have been featured in the library window thanks to Kristin Frangoulis, Ellen Sander and Brenda Harrington.

Finally, on Sunday, April 24, an open poetry reading will be held at the gazebo in Steamboat Landing Park, 34 Commercial St. Anyone with a poem they would like to share is welcome. Sign up will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and the reading will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. If the weather is bad, the reading will take place in the Belfast Boathouse. The theme for this event is “Potholes and Pussy Willows,” celebrating the ups and downs of spring in Maine, but poems on other topics are also welcome.