Students from Tolland will perform original poems and compete for prizes on Friday, April 27 when the Tolland Public Library holds its first poetry slam. The Tolland Public Library Foundation is sponsoring the slam for Tolland students ages 14 to 18 as part of its "Year of the Young Adult" initiative. The competition will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green. Students will be performing up to two poems of one to three minutes in length. The poems will be judged by Tolland High School Assistant Principal Margot Martello; THS senior Briana Penney; young adult/children’s librarian Ginny Brousseau; library assistant Irene Pudelkiewicz and Foundation President Linda Byam. A top prize of a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and other prizes will be awarded. The slam will be hosted by Kris Coffey, an English teacher at Tolland High School, and Casey Ellis, a Tolland High senior. The public library will have poetry slam resources available. Entry forms are available at the public library, the high school library and from any THS English teacher. Students must return the forms to one of the same places by Monday, April 23. The slam is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please call the library at 860-871-3620.