Saturday, February 4, 2012

Julia Donaldson Writes poem for Library Day

Today is National Library Day in the UK, where the people have banded in support of public libraries. Children's Laureate and author, Julia Donaldson, has put pen to paper (of course!) and released a poem in praise of libraries and to make it very clear that the fate of the public libraries rests in people's need for them and the expression of that need... in a very light-hearted and fun way. (I'd love to see this become a picture book!)And here it is:
Library Poem by Julia Donaldson
Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
It really doesn't matter if you're rich or poor.
There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
They're free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.
Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.
The librarian's a friend who loves to lend,
So see if there's a book that she can recommend.
Read that book, and if you're bitten
You can borrow all the other ones the author's written.
Are you into battles or biography?
Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
There's something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.
There are students revising, deep in concentration,
And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
Over in the corner there's a table with seating,
So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.
Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
And help make sure it'll still be here tomorrow.


In a number of counties in the UK, there have been successful campaigns against library closures... but elsewhere, there have been many losses. This includes a court attempt to save six libraries in Brent, north-west London.
What would we do without our libraries?????? 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9059937/Julia-Donaldson-poem-against-library-closures.html

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