Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a 50,000-volume poetry library and meeting place that is free and open to the public. After many years of residence in SoHo, in 2009 Poets House moved to a new location in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City (on the banks of the Hudson River, two blocks south of Chambers Street).
Poetry in the Branches, a collaboration between Poets House and the New York Public Library, offers changing displays and after-school poetry workshops for teenagers (ages 12 to 18) and adults at various New York City branch libraries. For more information, call Poets House at (212) 431-7920.
Programs for children age 4-12 will be offered in the fall of 2009. The Constance Laibe Hays Children's Room at Poets House is open Saturdays, 11am-3pm. In April of 2010, the hours of the Poets House children's room will be extended.
Free school trips can be arranged by appointment.