The Sherman Library is exhibiting handcrafted haiku picture books by Sherman School sixth graders through the rest of the month.

The picture books are visual interpretations of the students' original haiku poetry.

The exhibit stems from an interdisciplinary process merging the language arts and the fine arts.

Students explored the history of Japanese haiku poetry while examining its structure.

They read a variety of examples of haiku poems and discussed the visual and emotional content of the poems.

Emphasis was placed comparisons of the authors' tone, word choice and specific characteristics, such as "kigo," the word identifying and/or alluding to the season in which the poetry was set.

Each sixth-grade class section then generated several lists of nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and phrases specific to each season of the year and practiced writing haiku poetry.

After, students independently wrote several poems and selected his or her most successful piece to illustrate in a handcrafted art book.

The accordion-folded books contain several original drawings and emphasize the haiku's central words and ideas.

The Sherman Center library is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.