The Seattle Public Library will offer open mics and poetry readings at several Library locations in April. Event details with times and locations are outlined below.

Writers Read - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908. A monthly open mic with selected author readings on the second Sunday of each month, presented in partnership with African-American Writers' Alliance.

Words to Be Heard: Youth Speaks Open Mic - 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Spring into National Poetry Month with Youth Speaks Seattle. Come spit poetry, speak, play music, dance, tell jokes, live paint or just watch if you want to - it's your stage! The writing circle starts at 5:30 p.m., open mic signups are at 6:30 p.m., and the open mic starts at 7 p.m.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series - 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. A monthly series featuring author readings and open mics. The 342nd meeting features readings from Anca Szilágyi, Robert Francis Flor, Shelley Minden and Steve Sibra. Jesse Minkert will give a short lecture on the writer's craft: "Submissions."

PoetsWest - 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547. A monthly open mic that takes place on the second Saturday of each month, featuring readings of poetry and prose. This month's featured poets are Griffith Williams and Francine Walls.

Poetry 'Potluck' - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. An informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems. This is a feast of poetry, not a food event.